After any traffic accident, victims who suffer injuries must take action to protect themselves and the their legal options for compensation, while also finding time for medial care and recovery. It is common for some victims to feel overwhelmed, right when their attention is most crucial.
When a traffic accident involves a large commercial truck, the process of building and filing a claim is even more complicated. Without careful planning and a strong legal strategy, truck accident victims may miss a large portion of the compensation they deserve. They may need this money to cover medical expenses, lost income and other requirements for living.
If you recently experienced a large truck accident, then you should begin gathering evidence and building your claim as soon as you can. In most cases, the sooner that you begin, the more time you have to consider your options and build a strategy that truly meets your needs and protects your rights.
Do you know who holds liability for the accident?
There are many ways that things can suddenly go very wrong when driving a large truck. Beyond the difficulty of controlling such a large vehicle at high speeds, truck accidents may result from:
- Dangerous road conditions
- Poor repairs
- Malfunctioning components
- Loose cargo
- Sleep deprivation
If the driver made an error that caused the accident, then they may be liable directly — unless they were acting as an employee when the accident occurred. Employees often have coverage under their employer, but independent contractors typically do not. If they were driving as an employee, then the employer may hold the liability.
Likewise, accidents resulting from poor repair work, bad components, or shifting cargo may place liability on the shoulders of the party that performed the repairs, manufactured the components, or loaded and secured the cargo.
Build a claim that meets your needs
Once you understand what caused the accident, you can build a strong claim that holds the proper party responsible. This requires time and a clear understanding of the legal issues at hand, so you could begin working on your claims as soon as possible, especially if you have ongoing medical needs caused by the accident. If you wait too long to build and file your claim, the defendant may claim more easily that some or all of your injuries are unrelated to the accident.
A strong legal strategy that uses high-quality legal resources protects your rights throughout the claims process, offering you the space and time that you need to recover physically and mentally. Care for yourself well by beginning your claim today.