Truck Accident Protocol
Large trucks share the road with you every time you drive, dwarfing most passenger vehicles. Semi-trailer trucks, buses, dump trucks and other commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and pose a serious risk to others when they are involved in an accident. If you are injured in a truck accident, the protocol may be different than a typical car crash. It is important to know what to do after the accident to ensure you are compensated for your injuries.
Like any driver on the road, commercial truck drivers and the companies they work for are required to carry liability insurance. If a truck driver is at-fault for an accident, or an accident was caused by the truck driver’s negligence, there may be more than one entity liable for injuries to others. Truck accident injury claims may need to be issued to the truck driver’s insurance company, through his or her employer or both.
What to Do After an Injury Truck Accident
Most people have experienced an auto accident with another passenger vehicle. However, handling an injury truck accident is different from a typical auto accident. In both cases, you want to call the police to report the accident. You need to also report the accident to your insurance company and obtain the driver’s name, the company he or she works for and his or her insurance information. You need to seek medical attention, even if you do not think your injuries are severe. After that, you need to contact a truck accident lawyer.
Why You Need a Truck Accident Lawyer
Truck drivers have a higher level of responsibility when driving large trucks on the road. Commercial truck drivers and their employers must meet safety and regulatory standards. If the truck was not maintained properly or there were other regulations that were broken that contributed to the accident, the truck driver and his employer may be found negligent. To determine whether this was the case, you need a truck accident lawyer to investigate the accident.
Trucking companies often have a team of lawyers that will work on their behalf to reduce liability in a truck accident. You need your own legal team to work diligently to uncover the facts of the accident and ensure you are fairly compensated for your injuries. It is vital to get a lawyer on your side as quickly as possible to begin investigating what happened to build a strong case, especially if you are seriously injured.
At Tison Law Group, we understand the legal responsibilities of truck drivers and trucking companies when they cause an injury truck accident. Let our team investigate and build your case to ensure you receive the highest award possible for your truck accident claim. Contact us as soon as possible if you are injured in a truck accident in Florida.