Any kind of car crash affects more than your car; it can damage your family, career, and life. When the driver involved is a professional, it’s even harder to get the help you need in court.
Commercial accidents can involve anything from a collision with a semi-truck to being rear-ended by a courier service van. If you’ve been involved in a commercial accident, we know your emotions are running high. Follow the list of actions below to increase the likelihood of a positive end result.
Report the Accident Immediately
There are dangers to guard against after an accident. If you report the accident immediately and get the particulars of the incident in writing with law enforcement, you will have a solid basis for future claims.
Seek Medical Attention
Even the smallest injury should be checked out by medical professionals after an accident. It takes days for soft tissue injuries to present themselves. You may feel fine now, but if pain, dizziness, or numbness show up, you will need to have proof you sought medical attention. Proving the injuries resulted from the accident will be easier and your personal injury claim will be strengthened.
Find a Lawyer You Trust
The company or companies involved have teams of lawyers fighting to lower the amount of money the company is required to spend. You must hire a law firm with the experience and resources to fight for your case. If you don’t have a trustworthy lawyer, who will make sure you are able to take care of yourself, your medical bills, and your family?
After an incident, events take place rapidly. Insurance companies assign investigators almost immediately and law enforcement begins to secure evidence. Contacting a lawyer you trust as soon as you can after a collision ensures your best interests will be represented during the fast-moving process.
Send a Preservation of Evidence Letter
It doesn’t take much to damage evidence after a collision. Someone who drives for a living may want to quickly repair the damage to their vehicle in order to avoid loss of work. Without proper documentation though, that would damage the evidence for your case.
A Preservation of Evidence letter effectively proves you have done your best to remind your opponent to take care of the evidence in their possession. This letter serves as a starting point for any future claims of conscious disregard to the duties of preservation of evidence.
Hire Reconstruction Experts
When establishing liability after a collision reconstruction experts establish who is liable for the accident through scientific analysis. They use the all the evidence from the scene of the crash to recreate the incident and definitively decide who was at fault and why.
You can be sure a commercial driver’s company is going to have their people working to reduce their liability in the incident. You need an expert on your side to protect you as well.
Gathering the information from witnesses at the scene is essential to the success of your case. Since third-party witnesses have no personal or financial interest in your case they are taken seriously. Those witnesses saw your accident from varying angles and perspectives and could have seen or heard important evidence to support your claims.
It is important to secure quality contact information for each of the witnesses immediately. While at the scene of the incident, before witnesses scatter and you are unable to reach out to them. Write down everything they can remember and then contact them again to relive the incident, with time they may remember more.
At Laird Hammons Laird, we know you aren’t looking for a pay day. We can help get the justice your case deserves. If you’ve been involved in a trucking accident, our expert team can guide you through the process and timeline of what’s next.