Crowded roads and highways are a fact of life. Rarely do drivers have the road to themselves. Sharing the road is important to maintain safety for all drivers. When trucks and cars collide, the impact can be fatal.
If you were hit by a semi-truck or other large vehicle, after the initial accident, there are some steps you can take to move forward with a personal injury case. First and foremost, medical attention is key. If you or anyone else in the accident has sustained injuries (or even suspects you might have), you should immediately seek medical help.
Next, you want to contact the police to get a report so there is evidence of the accident. If you are able, you should get photographs of the accident before the scene is cleaned up. You will need to notify your insurance provider that there has been an accident. Finally, you should consult with a competent personal injury attorney to get an assessment of the damages and injuries and make an informed decision on your next steps.
How is Fault Determined in a Trucking Accident?
When trying to determine fault after an accident, there is no substitute for the guidance of an experienced attorney. Your lawyer will investigate all the aspects and details of your case. There are many potential areas that can have an effect on the decision as to who is at fault.
Everything from the speed of the vehicles involved (including whether anyone was breaking the speed limit) to the traffic signs and signals in the area can affect the decision. If someone went through a light illegally or ignored a stop sign, this can make an impact on the fault decisions.
Other factors such as driver impairment can also make a huge impact on the final finding of fault in an accident. If one of the drivers had been drinking or using illegal substances, it is highly likely that they will be found at fault for the accident (among other possible charges).
Why Do I Need a Truck Accident Attorney to Help with My Case?
It’s important to be aware of your surroundings and take every precaution possible when sharing the road with truck drivers. In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one become involved in a truck accident, contact The Leddy Law Firm, LLC today to team up with skilled legal counsel. You deserve to partner with a law firm that understands the specific, unique elements involved with a truck accident case. You don’t have to fight alone.