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Truck Accidents

Over one hundred thousand people are seriously injured from commercial truck accidents in the U.S. every year.  Accidents can be caused by driver fatigue or dangerous driving. When a person is involved in a collision with a commercial truck, he/she stands a high chance of being critically injured for numerous reasons.  First, commercial trucks can weigh tens of thousands of pounds and can literally crush smaller vehicles upon impact.  Second, when a commercial truck is involved in a high-speed accident, such as one on the freeway, the combined weight and speed of the truck can easily cause a lethal collision.

When an individual is seriously injured due to a commercial truck accident, consulting a personal injury lawyer is the first step to take, after seeking medical treatment. Even if you believe that you were partially at fault in the accident, it may be that an outside factor or the other driver led to the accident, and you can therefore collect compensation for your losses. At Steven A. Bagen & Associates, we offer a free consultation wherein a skilled personal injury lawyer will discuss your options with you.

Why a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Only a skilled and aggressive personal injury lawyer will stand a chance against a large trucking company and/or insurance company in a personal injury claim involving a commercial truck accident. At our law firm, we have the knowledge, experience and proven track record of success in this field that can make you feel confident in consulting an attorney at our firm regarding your case.

Proving Liability

Liability is critical to deciding who will pay for your injuries, and how much they will pay. In a trucking accident the truck driver will try to reclaim that he or she is not at fault. Road conditions, road construction, and other circumstances sometimes become an argument for why a driver was not responsible for a trucking accident. Let our experience work for you. We not only understand liability and the law, but we will go the extra mile to make sure you win your case.

Investigating Your Case

The trucking accident investigation will include special circumstances (such as road conditions), the truck driver’s driving record, the truck drivers driving habits, whether or not the truck driver was sleepy or drove for too many hours, and anything that may prove the truck driver’s actions resulted in the accident. Without a qualified lawyer to help you, the investigation will be one-sided, and you won’t be represented at all. Our firm will prove your case, advocate for your rights, and get you the money you deserve.

Get Your Life Back

We are very thorough, and want to see you get compensated for everything you’ve lost. Many trucking accident victims aren’t aware of all of their rights. In addition to medical expenses, you may have lost wages, and suffered other financial hardships. Getting your life back means getting you a settlement that takes all things into consideration. Don’t wait to get us on your side. You need someone who will get involved right away and represent you every step of the way.

Compensation in Truck Accident Cases

Your attorney will work to obtain the maximum compensation for you if you have been injured in a truck accident.  It is important that you are able to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible after the accident occurs in order to help ensure that you are able to get the service that you need. You could be able to recover compensation for both financial and non-financial losses, including those related to medical bills, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, property damage and more.

At the Scene of the Collision:

Make observations

Talk to everyone involved in the truck accident for information. Write down names, phone numbers, and insurance information for every driver. For the driver of the large truck, also record the name of the company he drives for.

Also, identify the witnesses so there will be someone to support your case if it goes to court. Write down their names and addresses and interview them. Ask them what they saw and make a note of phrases they used like “slammed into,” “plowed,” “speeding,” or “he ran the red light.” Make sure you take down the contact information for all emergency personnel that respond to the scene of the truck accident, because they are witnesses who are key to the truck accident as well.

In addition, take note of the scene of the truck accident. Write down exactly what happened as soon as possible, while it is still fresh in your mind, and take pictures if you have a camera available for your use at the time. Make a point to remember, especially:

  • Weather conditions at the time of the truck accident; rainy, windy, dark, etc.
  • Road conditions at the time of the truck accident; under construction, traffic, potholes, debris, etc.

Take Pictures

As always, time is of the essence. As soon as possible, take pictures of everything involved in the accident, including detailed pictures of the accident scene. Take note of anything that may have been involved in the accident that can be recorded on film:

  • Sight distance and obstructions; pictures that illustrate where the truck accident began and where it ended
  • Traffic conditions existing at the time of the accident; take pictures while on the accident scene or return to the scene at the same time of day during similar traffic conditions.
  • Signage in the area; take note of construction signs or paraphernalia, traffic signs and signals, etc.

Immediately After the Collision:

See a Doctor

If you are injured in a big truck accident schedule an appointment with your own doctor as soon as possible. Don’t let the insurance adjuster choose a doctor for you. You have the right to a doctor of your choice.

As Time Passes:

Write Down Your Observations

Keep notes about your injuries from your truck accident. In 6 or 7 months, you might forget how it hurt just to get dressed, and the adjuster will try to make it seem like any description you give is an exaggeration. Write down your pain medications. These kinds of written documents can be very valuable to you and your personal injury lawyer when presenting your personal injury claim to the insurance adjuster or to a judge and jury in court.

Keep Records of Expenses

The adjuster will ask for proof of anything you claim as an expense. Be sure you keep receipts for prescriptions, household services like lawn mowing and getting someone to cook for you, car rentals and so forth. Keep each of those receipts so you can document every expense.

Most Importantly:

Consult an experienced personal injury lawyer at Steven A. Bagen & Associates. Without legal help from a personal injury law firm like ours, you may have no idea of the real value of your truck accident claim.