Any accident can be a blur, especially if you’ve been injured. It is important to understand the best ways to protect your rights. The best way to do this is to get a lawyer involved as soon as possible. A knowledgeable trucking lawyer will know the best way to proceed when documenting your trucking accident and will be able to direct your inquiries.
A semi accident presents more obstacles than a typical car accident. Atlanta is the hub of quite a few major trucking routes, so it comes to reason that there is also more potential for tractor trailer accidents. With all the shock and upheaval a trucking accident brings it is easy to forget to document some things. Some common mistakes include:
Speaking to Insurance Companies Without Legal Counsel
This is a big one. It is common for an insurance company to be present at the scene of a truck accident and it is important that you not give them a statement while in shock and potentially taking liability. Even if you aren’t liable, if you give a statement that can be spun in a way to cripple your case, the insurance company will use it. It is important not to sign any documents or give any statements until you speak with a lawyer to ensure that you are aware of the exact effect these statements can have on your case.
Not Seeking Medical Attention
As with any other personal injury case, it is important to seek medical attention. This is one of the easiest ways to document your injuries and will also get you treated for them at the same time.
Not Filing a Police Report
Filing a police report is crucial to documenting everything from who is at fault, to keeping track of any evidence that might be present. A police report should always be filed when an accident happens, but with trucking accidents having so many different factors, it is doubly important that you make sure this is done.
Not Getting Enough Evidence
Trucking systems often keep records for a certain timeframe, usually a month or so. It is important that you collect evidence as soon as you can to avoid losing anything that might prove useful later on.
Not Knowing Who is at Fault
This can be extremely difficult when it comes to commercial trucking accidents because there are quite a few more links in the chain. For instance, an accident can be the fault of the driver of the truck, or the company he works for, or even the manufacturer of the truck if a defect has been found. It is important to know who to go after and who is legally at fault in your specific case.
Not Hiring an Expert
In cases that go to trial it can be extremely important to hire an expert to explain exactly what happened during the accident.
There are plenty of things to remember if you’ve been in a traffic accident and it is important that you hire a knowledgeable injury firm to handle your case.Truck traffic in Atlanta has increased and, therefore, Atlanta will have increased trucking accidents.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident with a truck, don’t wait to call The Patterson Cozzo Law Firm at (770) 422-8840.