Truck accidents often lead to legal and insurance complications because after the accident any party in the distribution chain can potentially be liable for the accident depending on the circumstances. These parties can include the truck driver, trucking company, truck owner, mechanics, loading company, and manufacturers. Injured parties may need to investigate each party’s actions to find out who was at-fault.
There are also complex federal and state regulations that govern almost all aspects of the trucking industry. Agencies like the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), US Department of Transportation, and state government control everything from how long a driver can drive during one stretch to how the load needs to be distributed in the trailer. Often, whether a party violated one of these regulations is the key question that determines if a party was at-fault in the accident.
Because truck accidents are complicated, victims in Doylestown and throughout the region should seek consultation from a truck accident attorney early in the process, especially if they suffered serious injuries. There is a greater deal of information involved in these accidents for any layperson to digest, and some trucking companies or insurance companies may try to take advantage of victims to reduce settlement amounts.
Do I always need an attorney?
You do not absolutely have to hire an attorney. In fact, many minor car accidents often settle without attorney involvement. However, given that truck accidents can cause serious injuries and the complexity of these cases noted above, it’s generally in truck accident victims’ best interests to secure representation from an attorney familiar with truck accident cases.
At what point should I seek help from an attorney?
Generally speaking, set up a consultation with an attorney as soon as you can after a serious truck accident. The trucking company’s insurance company may contact you very shortly after the accident and may request a statement about the accident. If this happens, provide very basic information about yourself and only basic facts about the accident. Do not go into detail until you consult an attorney.
Securing representation early in the process can help make sure you appropriately handle all aspects of filing a claim or lawsuit. It may also ensure you consider all parties’ potential liability. Finally, your attorney can be instrumental in securing evidence from a trucking company. Your lawyer may send a spoliation letter to the trucking company requiring it save relevant evidence, which may include personnel files, the trucker’s hours-of-service records, and even the truck itself.
Where can I find legal counsel after a truck accident in Doylestown?
The law firm of Cordisco & Saile LLC is committed to protecting victims’ rights in truck accident cases in and around the Doylestown area. Contact our offices by calling us at 215-642-2335 or visit our contact page to fill out our online form. Set up your consultation with a truck accident attorney today whether the accident occurred very recently or if you require assistance after already having filed your claim.