Trucking Crash – A Life Changing Experience
A trucking crash can be a life altering event. Death, serious injuries and trauma often are the result. Lawyers, doctors, insurance investigators, and company representatives from all levels are involved. A massive investigation will usually follow the crash. You probably have no clue where to start. If you’ve been in a trucking crash, hopefully this information will help.
Most Important Information That Needs to be Collected After a Trucking Crash.
You will also want to get the names, contact information, and insurance information of all parties to the crash and any witnesses. This will be used to determine liability and to determine which insurance company will be involved.
Remember to follow up with the witnesses in the crash. If you have a lawyer, make sure your lawyer follows up. This information can often change, so it is extremely important that someone follow up witnesses on a regular basis.
What to Say to the Trucking Company After a Trucking Crash
In a word…nothing. But if you can’t resist, give the trucking company and its insurance company only the basics – your name, the date of the trucking crash, and the parties involved. Give them nothing else. Definitely don’t give a recorded statement.
How a Trucking Crash is Different From a Car Crash
To see how a trucking crash is different from a car crash, just take a look at pictures of the scene of the crash. The damage is tremendous. The injuries are catastrophic. Unfortunately, death is not uncommon. This is especially true for trucking crashes on busy interstates.
The severity a trucking crash is not all that is different from a car crash. The way the case is handled is also far different. This is partially because the laws are different. But there are two other reasons these types of cases are different. First, there is a lot more information you can gather from the truck (tractor trailer) involved. Thus, you need the resources to gather this information. Second, you’re up against a powerful company. These trucking companies make millions (sometimes billions) of dollars a year. And their insurance companies often make much more. They will do just about anything they can to win a case.
Special Laws That Apply to Trucking Crashes
It’s not that the laws for a trucking crash are different – it’s that there are additional laws that truckers must follow. There are also additional protocols that the trucking companies abide by when it comes to hours on the road, record keeping, maintenance logs, etc. This is valuable information that can help secure a favorable verdict or settlement against the trucking company and/or its insurance company.
Who Pays Medical Bills in a Trucking Crash?
The medical bills after a trucking crash will be paid out of a settlement or verdict against the trucking company. It’s a common mistake to assume that your medical bills will be paid by the trucking company as the case is pending. This is why you must take the necessary precautions to make sure you don’t go broke while your case is waiting to resolve. A lawyer can help you budget your money and give you ways to pay for medical treatment so you don’t have to pay out of pocket.
How Long Does a Trucking Crash Case Take?
The length of your trucking case depends primarily on your medical treatment. The longer you treat, the longer your case will take. But don’t rush your medical care – making sure you get ALL THE TREATMENT YOU NEED is extremely important. We always tell our clients that you want to get the treatment now because you can’t come back to the insurance company in 10 years and ask the trucking company to pay for it. It just doesn’t work that way.
Need Help With Your Trucking Crash?
We will be happy to discuss your case with you. Give us a call at 888.550.4026. Our personal injury lawyers are experienced in handling trucking crash cases.