I still remember my accident like it was yesterday. One minute I was driving my daughter to school and the next I was waking up in a hospital bed. It was frustrating to deal with the emotional trauma of forgetting an entire week of my life, in addition to stressing about my small child. Fortunately, we were both able to recover, but it wasn't easy walking dealing with the medical bills that accompanied the accident. I found myself struggling with things as simple as answering the phone, because I was nervous about dealing with another insurance adjuster. Fortunately, by working with a lawyer, I was able to make sense of my situation. I know that you can overcome difficult challenges too, which is why I shared my story on this website.
If you have ever been in a car accident, you know how devastating it can be. The severity of a collision can increase based on the difference in the size of the two vehicles involved. A trucking accident can be especially damaging. From 2011 to 2012, the number of miles traveled by large trucks increased slightly. This may not seem significant. However, the more time that a large truck spends on the road, the greater the opportunity for a collision. The number of large trucks involved in crashes that resulted in injury rose by 22 percent that year, and the number of large trucks involved in fatal automotive collisions increased by five percent.
If you have been injured due to an accident involving a large truck, you may be entitled to compensation. Your medical expenses, lost wages, property damages and pain and suffering may all be reimbursable. However, the evidence for your case must support the calculation of damages and indicate that the trucker was at fault in the accident. Here are a few things you can provide to help ensure that your truck accident attorney has everything he or she needs to obtain maximum compensation for you:
Your Insurance Information
Your attorney will need to know the coverage limitations of your automotive insurance policy. This information is contained on the declarations page of your written policy. Print a copy from your insurance company's website or request one from your agent to give to your lawyer.
If you have already reported a claim to your insurance company for the truck accident, be sure to provide the claim number and the name of the assigned adjuster to your attorney.
Your attorney will need to know how and when the accident occurred. A copy of the police report will provide unbiased details of the accident. In addition to indicating who was at fault, the report should list the time, date and location of the accident.
Still, you should provide your attorney with your own written account of how the accident occurred. Include any available names and phone numbers of eyewitnesses and describe the location and extent of the damage sustained by each vehicle. If you took pictures at the scene of the accident, these may also be helpful to your case.
If you have been injured in a truck accident that was not your fault, you will need legal representation. If you do not already have an attorney, schedule a consultation with a truck accident lawyer in your area.