If you were involved in a car accident with a semi-truck that was not your fault, then you will be entitled to recover for all the damages that you suffered.
WHO IS THE RESPONSIBLE PARTY?
Clearly, the at-fault driver who caused the wreck will be the primary defendant in the claim arising from the wreck. However, it may be possible to make claims against other parties. For example, the trucking company may be responsible if the driver was allowed to haul a load despite being tired or having a history of traffic citations. Further, the manufacture may be responsible if a mechanical defect directly lead to the wreck.
WHAT SHOULD I DO FIRST? MEDICAL TREATMENT
Getting medical treatment for your injuries is the most important thing that you can do immediately after a car accident with a tractor trailer truck. Often, people are inclined to ‘be strong’ or ‘shake it off’ after a wreck, because they do not want to cause trouble or be a burden. Do not think like this. Internal injuries, like whiplash, concussion, and spinal injuries are not initially felt, but become symptomatic hours or days later. If you feel whoozy, dizzy, achy, or pain after the wreck, get treatment as soon as possible.
BUILD YOUR CASE.
As soon as possible, gather as much information about the wreck as possible. You will want to take pictures of damage to all vehicles involved. If debris has been strewn or there are skid marks, get photographs of these as well. Make sure that you get the telephone number and address of witnesses. An objective witness’ testimony is crucial in trucking cases. Gather your medical records and bills that you have incurred.
Why is gathering information important?
Most often, the insurance company representing the semi-truck driver or the trucking company are going to attempt to either point the blame on you, or they will attempt to downplay your injuries. The more information that you have about the wreck, the less likely their strategies will be successful.
THEN CONTACT AN ATLANTA CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER
Unfortunately, your own car insurance company will not help you pursue a claim for bodily injury. They are only obligated to help you sort out the damage to your own car. Therefore, it’s important that you contact a car accident lawyer sooner rather than later. A lawyer can help you investigate the claim, communicate with the at-fault insurance company, and fight the battle on your behalf.
If you’ve been involved in a car wreck with a semi-truck, it is important that you seek treatment, gather evidence, and contact a lawyer. So please, don’t hesitate, call and speak to one of our experienced Atlanta car accident lawyers at Schenk Smith today. Our consultations are always free.