The Brown Firm, an Atlanta, Georgia-based personal injury firm, recently published a blog post titled ‘Can I Sue For Being Hit By A Semi-Truck?’ The blog post talks about accidents which involve semi-trucks and how to go about finding a truck accident attorney to help one get compensation for accidents that one may sustain after being involved in an accident with this type of vehicle.
Semi-trucks are large and heavy, and they move relatively fast. This means any accident involving a semi-truck is likely to result in severe injury or even death, and it can also cause an incredible amount of damage to property. Semi-truck accidents are not particularly rare either, as both drivers and pedestrians around the country regularly encounter trucks on their daily commute. Truck drivers are usually highly trained individuals that know how to operate their vehicles, but accidents are still accidents, and one can easily find themselves involved in one with little to no warning. As such, it is always a good idea to find a lawyer after such an unfortunate event.
“A car accident with another passenger vehicle is scary enough, but when you're in an accident with a semi-truck, it can be downright terrifying,” says the blog post. “If you were in an accident caused by the negligence of a truck driver or the company they work for, you might be entitled to financial compensation. Whether or not accident victims can sue after being involved in an accident with a semi-truck depends on the circumstances surrounding your accident. You may have legal options you can pursue that a person in a typical auto accident wouldn't. That is why it's essential to hire an experienced truck accident lawyer after an accident with a semi-truck.”
The average semi-truck weighs around 33,000 lbs. Any accident involving such a large vehicle ends with the truck coming out relatively unharmed while the smaller vehicle suffers extreme damage — and the driver is often seriously injured if not killed outright. Semi-trucks present a very serious threat to other vehicles on the road if the proper precautions are not taken. If one finds themselves the victim in an accident involving a semi-truck, there are several actions they must take to ensure that the process of receiving care and compensation goes smoothly.
The first step to take in the event of an accident is to stay at the scene of the accident. It is always best to remain at the scene of the accident until authorities arrive, and it is even illegal in some states to leave before being cleared by officials. The next step is to check for injuries. Often, adrenaline makes it so accident victims do not feel their injuries until long after the accident, and it is important to check to see if there are any visible injuries that require immediate attention.
Another very important aspect to keep in mind is that everything must be documented. As the blog post says, “As soon as it's safe to do so, and everyone has been checked for injuries, you need to document as much as possible. Take photos and videos of the accident scene, including the damage to all of the vehicles, any skid marks at the scene, and make an audio recording of what happened during the accident. Gathering this evidence is crucial because after the accident, your memory will fade as the days go on, and the trucking company will do all they can to prove that they were not responsible for it. Having evidence gives you a better chance to prove liability for your semi-truck accident. Also, don't forget to check your belongings inside your vehicle. Sometimes the contents of your car, like laptops or smartphones, can be damaged as well. Take pictures of everything in your car that was damaged because those values can be added to your final settlement.”
Several factors can lead to an accident but the most common among them may be negligence. A negligent truck driver can do a lot of damage, and having a personal injury attorney can help ensure that the victim gets the compensation they deserve. The Brown Firm in Atlanta, GA offers legal representation for victims of truck accidents. Find out more about the firm through their website or social media channels.
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