A truck accident occurs when a vehicle 10,000 pounds or larger hits another vehicle or a pedestrian. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, around 500,000 trucking accidents occur each year, 5,000 of which are fatal.
What Should I Do After I Have Been Involved in a Truck Accident?
Receive a full medical checkup to verify any injuries you have received. The longer you wait to document the occurrence and contact a lawyer, the less viable your case may be in court. In addition, federal regulations state that a truck driver’s log can be destroyed after six months if a lawyer fails to apply for a court order or other preventative measure. A truck driver’s log may be used as a piece of evidence integral to your case.
Before giving a statement to an insurance company or the trucking company, you should contact an attorney. It is usually also wise to refrain from signing a medical release or authorization form before contacting a lawyer. The attorneys at Akiva Niamehr have experience with truck accident insurance claims, and can help you receive the settlement or verdict you deserve.
Do I Need a Lawyer If I Have Insurance?
Truck accidents can be more complex than other types of vehicle collisions because of insurance concerns. All trucking companies in California are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which require trucks to have varying amounts of insurance depending on the type of materials they carry.
You may receive a temporary or lifelong injury from a truck accident, limiting your ability to support yourself and your family. In such a case, trucking companies may argue with leasing and hauling companies over which insurance company should foot the bill. You need a lawyer who can get you the full coverage you need.
The lawyers at Akiva Niamehr are familiar with the maze of insurance difficulties that may crop up in a truck accident lawsuit. We will pursue your case aggressively and present it to the insurance company or court as effectively as possible.