Questions About Truck Accident Lawsuits

What should I do after a truck accident?

In brief, after a truck accident you should:

  • Assess injuries

  • Move to safety

  • Contact authorities

  • Document the scene of the accident

  • Seek medical attention

  • Contact a truck accident attorney

For more detail, please see What to do after a truck accident.

Should I talk to the trucking company representative at the scene of the accident?

Trucking companies and their insurance company often send a representative to an accident scene. These representatives may act helpful, and offer to make sure you get compensation in exchange for some brief statements. Often, the statements you give at this time will be used to reduce your compensation or prevent you from filing a truck accident lawsuit.

You have to give a statement to the authorities about your accident. The trucking company can get the information they need there. Making additional statements only increases the risk that you will say something you might regret.

Should I go to the doctor even if I don’t think I’m hurt after a truck accident?

Even if you don’t think you’re injured, it’s good to go to the doctor after a truck accident. You may have suffered an injury whose symptoms will not become apparent until later, but your doctor may be able to diagnose problems and get you medical treatment early.

The trucking company has made me a large offer after my accident. Should I take it?

When a trucking company or its insurance company makes an offer after your accident, they’re probably trying to save money, and the offer is likely much less than you may be able to get if you pursue compensation with a truck accident lawsuit. You should at least have the offer looked at by someone with knowledge of these types of cases, especially a truck accident attorney.

What caused my truck accident?

Nearly 90% of truck accidents are caused by driver error, such as speeding to meet a tight deadline. Another 10% are caused by truck problems. For more information, please see Truck accident causes.

Who is responsible for my truck accident?

There are many potential people who could be responsible for the truck accident. These include:

  • The trucking company

  • The shipper

  • The loaders

  • The maintenance company

  • The cargo owner

The individuals that may be held responsible for your truck accident depend on the circumstances of the accident.

When should I contact an attorney about my truck accident?

You should contact a truck accident attorney when:

  • You receive an offer from the trucking company

  • You are diagnosed with injuries and receive a treatment plan

  • You know how much work you have missed or are likely to miss due to the accident

  • You are being harassed to make additional statements about your accident

  • You are overwhelmed by the number of people contacting you

A truck accident attorney can serve as an intermediary and make sure you don’t get too much pressure from the trucking company, and help you decide if a truck accident lawsuit is the right choice for you.