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What Should I Do Immediately After My Truck Accident?
When you have been involved in a truck accident, the first thing you should do is call emergency services. Truck accidents usually cause more severe injuries and damage and your health is the number one priority.
If you are physically able, you should also check on any other possible victims and then wait for the police to get there. Always be sure to get medical treatment even if you do not believe you have sustained an injury, as some symptoms take time to develop.
What Kind of Evidence Should I Collect?
After your Truck accident, you should try and collect as much evidence as possible. The main evidence you should try and collect are:
- The Truck Driver's Information
- Contact Information
- Company Name
- License Plate Number
- Vehicle Information
- Insurance Information
- Driver's License Number
- Truck Driver's License Number
- What was being hauled
- Witnesses - You should ask anyone who witnessed the accident to stay at the scene until the police arrive and take down statements from them.
- Photos of the damages to both vehicles, any injuries that have been sustained, and any other evidence including road conditions and traffic signals.
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What Are the Common Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents?
Semi-truck and tractor-trailer accidents can be caused by many different things, but some of the common causes are:
- Reckless Driving
- Improper Lane Changes
- Failure to Yield
- Driving while tired
- Driving for too many consecutive hours
- Failing to secure load
What if I Was Partially at Fault?
Even if you were partially at fault for your accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Most states use a comparative negligence rule, which means that victims are entitled to compensation, but the amount of compensation is reduced by the percentage of fault the court determines was theirs.
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Who Can Be Held Liable for My Truck Accident?
In Truck accidents, there are many different parties that can be responsible for paying out compensation to victims, including:
- The Manufacturer of the truck or parts
- The owner of the rig
- The party responsible for the truck's maintenance
- The owner of the freight
- The trucking company
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What Should I Tell My Insurance Company?
You will need to talk to your insurance company about the details of the accident at some point.
However, you should consult with an experienced truck accident attorney before speaking with them so that they can explain what to avoid telling them.
Whatever you say to your insurance company will likely come out in the proceedings, and could potentially damage your case and the amount of compensation you are eligible to receive.
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney help me?
If you were injured in a car accident that was not your fault and suffered an injury, there is a good chance you have a valid claim. It is important to speak with a personal injury attorney to help you determine if you have a case and what it may be worth.
What if Their Insurance Company Contacts Me?
If the trucking company's insurance company contacts you, it is important that you do not provide them with any information. Whatever you tell them can be used to weaken your case and reduce your settlement amount.
The best thing to do is either hang up or simply tell them that you have an attorney and if they need information they can talk to them.
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How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
The statute of limitations for filing a claim after a truck accident depends on where the accident happened. In Georgia, the time for filing a claim is two years. This time period starts at the time of the accident. In other states, the window of time is different, so speaking with a personal injury attorney soon after your accident is advised.
What Types of Compensation Can I Get?
There are many different types of compensation that can be awarded to the victims of truck accidents.
Compensation that your personal injury attorney will usually fight for are:
- Medical Bills
- Property Damage
- Pain and Suffering
- Lost wages
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