After you suffer an accident with a large commercial truck, it can prove intimidating to know where to turn for help. Depending on the nature of the accident itself, and the injuries or damages you received, a number of different parties may hold liability of the accident.
Unfortunately, that often does not mean that it is any easier to obtain fair compensation. If anything, these accidents are more complex and time-consuming for the victims.
If you recently experienced an accident involving a commercial vehicle, you have many things to attend to, and dealing with all these issues yourself often means that none of them resolve the way you might prefer or deserve. If you suffered an injury of some kind, you need medical care and possibly ongoing treatment. You may even face lost income if you missed work because to the accident.
For these and many other reasons, it is wise to enlist the help of an experienced attorney who understands how to assess a commercial truck accident and protect your rights throughout your claim process and physical recovery. Proper legal counsel allows you to focus on the work that only you can truly do — the hard work of recovering from your injuries.
Professional legal counsel also helps you continue to obtain medical care while the claim is in process, so that your injuries do not worsen while you wait for justice.
Be careful when you talk about the accident
After an accident involving a commercial truck, you may face many different parties, all trying to get you to make official statements about the accident or your injuries. Be sure that you understand that, in most cases, these parties are concerned with protecting their own interests above your own. Anything that you say to them that weakens your case may affect your claim's outcome later on.
Depending on the nature of the accident, you may have a claim against several entities. If, for instance, the driver of the truck is an independent contractor, you may sue him or her directly. However, if he or she drives as an employee, then the employer may also face liability.
Furthermore, in some cases, the accident results from a malfunctioning component of the truck itself. In these cases, you may have a claim against the manufacturer of that component.
Focus on your true priorities
Pursuing a personal injury claim after a commercial truck accident is rarely fast or easy, and when it is, that usually means that the defendant settled with the plaintiff for far less than a more detailed process might yield.
Be sure that you have all the guidance you need to obtain fair compensation for your losses and injuries, while protecting your rights as an individual.