Truck Accident Do’s And Don’ts
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident you may not be aware of what to do following the incident. Being involved in any type of crash can be confusing and many people are not sure of what steps they should after the accident.
According to the Connecticut Department of Transportation, more than 2,400 commercial truck collisions were recorded in 2008. However, other types of trucks accounted for more than 17,000 motor vehicle crashes throughout Connecticut that same year. Overall truck accidents accounted for nearly 60 fatalities statewide.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident caused by a reckless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
For a no-cost, no-obligation review of your accident incident, fill out the ‘Free Case Evaluation’ form located to your right.
Do’s And Don’ts Of Truck Accidents
After the accident one of the most important issues all motorists should take care of is ensuring their own safety and that of the other motorists involved. Be sure to call the authorities in order to file a proper collision report and request emergency services if anyone believes they have been injured.
- Collect Information. Along with a driver’s name and insurance details, get information about their employer, the type of truck involved in the collision, the location of the incident, and more.
- Recall the events. Oftentimes persons involved in an accident are disoriented so it is important to try to recall the details of the incident before they are forgotten.
- Get witness information. Getting details from eyewitnesses along with their personal information can help you in the future, especially if you intend on making a claim.
- Keep all your records. Be sure to keep all vital information handy including medical expenses paid out, injuries diagnosed, property damage evaluations, and more.
- Take photographs. The advancement of technology has provided most persons with an easily accessible camera. Take photos of the scene, vehicles involved, skid marks on the road, and any other notable situational support.
- Leave the scene of an accident.
- Sign any paperwork you do not understand. The police report should be the only initial paperwork signed until you speak with an experienced attorney.
- Agree to any initial settlement offers. Insurance companies and truck company representatives may attempt to reach out to you to make a settlement however they may not be providing adequate compensation.
- Wait to file a claim. In Connecticut the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury or property damage is two years.
- Try to blame anyone. It is crucial that all parties provide accurate and honest details about the accident.
Each day millions of drivers take the road and although no one expects to be involved in any type of collision, accidents happen and all persons must know how to deal with the situation as best as they can. An experienced truck accident attorney can help you determine if you may be eligible to make a claim against the negligent individual that caused the collision.
Contact A Hartford Truck Accident Attorney Today
Nationally, the Highway Safety Administration reports that approximately 296,000 large trucks were involved in traffic collisions in 2009. Although the number of truck crashes in Connecticut is only a margin of these nationwide statistics, all persons should be ready to handle the situation.
Speaking with an experienced truck accident lawyer can help guide you through the claims process and ensure that you receive the MAXIMUM amount of compensation you are entitled to. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we are dedicated to fighting for the rights of the injured and can help guide you through the entire litigation process.
We have offices in New Haven, Bridgeport, Hartford, Waterbury and New London, and serve clients throughout Connecticut. To find out how we may be able to help you, contact us at 800-PERKINS for a no-cost, no-obligation initial case consultation.
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