If you have been injured in a commercial trucking accident, hiring an experienced truck accident attorney is one of the best things you can do for yourself and anyone else affected by the crash.
Truck accidents often lead to serious injuries that require serious short-term treatment and years of intensive recovery. Your insurance may cover some of the costs of your immediate medical care, but it is unlikely that your benefits will cover lost wages, emotional distress, psychological injuries, and other consequences of the accident.
Insurance coverage will not pursue punitive damages, either. Unlike compensatory damages, which seek to award compensation for economic losses and non-economic consequences, punitive damages are brought against the liable party in order to punish them for their actions. Your attorney will advise you if you have the right to pursue punitive damages based on the circumstances of your accident.
It is also in your interests to contact a truck accident attorney right away to ensure that the causes of the accident are thoroughly investigated. Trucking companies have records of the hours their drivers were on the road, safety inspections, and other information that could be used as evidence in your case. Trucks also have onboard data systems that track important metrics, including those leading up to the accident. However, trucking companies often intentionally — and legally — erase the records that could be used against them. The longer you wait to contact a truck accident attorney to represent you, the stronger the opposition’s case against you could be.