Truck accidents are responsible for thousands of deaths each year in the United States. The legal issues surrounding a truck accident differ from typical car accidents, so if you or a loved one are involved in one, you will want to consult an attorney who has experience. If you are not at fault in the accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the driver, trucking company or another third party. For example, the truck manufacturer, a company that performed maintenance on the truck, the county government responsible for road maintenance, etc.
The preservation of evidence from the scene of the accident can be crucial to your case. Your best bet is to contact an attorney as soon as possible to assist you in the investigation. If your injuries permit after the accident, try to take photos. Do not speak to investigators or the truck driver until you speak with an attorney. The trucking company will likely have their own lawyers and investigators on the scene quickly.
The trucking companies are required by law to keep maintenance records and driver hour logs. This information is vital to your case, and you should have your attorney review it.
Do not accept any sort of settlement or compensation for the accident without first speaking with an attorney, even if it seems fair at the time. The trucking company and the insurance company are interested in protecting their bottom lines, you need a lawyer who has your best interests in mind.
Wooten Kimbrough, P.A.—Orlando personal injury attorneys.