Helping People Recover From Catastrophic Truck Accidents
The old expression of getting “hit by a truck” takes on a whole new meaning if you have been injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler. The extraordinary size and weight of a semitruck moving at high speed carries a force that can cause a devastating impact. The result can be long-term injuries, costly property damage and even fatalities.
That’s why it’s imperative you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer if you have been involved in a truck collision. At Spicer, Olin & Associates, P.C., we have over 30 years of experience helping people in Blacksburg and the surrounding communities get the compensation they deserve for truck driver negligence.
Steps To Take If You’re Involved In An Accident
Although Virginia requires drivers to carry liability insurance, accidents involving trucks tend to be much more complex and cause much more damage — to both people and property — than crashes involving only passenger vehicles. After being involved in a truck accident, it’s important to gather as much information as possible to convince the insurers to pay for your losses — and if they won’t the information can be used to file a civil lawsuit to obtain the full and fair compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one is involved in a truck accident, you should take the following steps if you’re able to do so safely:
- Call for help: Your health and well-being are priority one. Call 911 and tell them you need medical treatment if you are hurt. It’s important to get checked out whether you feel impaired or not.
- Contact the police: Even in a minor accident, getting a police report is a major step toward getting compensation for any losses.
- Get the truck driver’s info: Don’t assume all the info will be on the police report. Get the driver’s name, license number, address and insurance company. Also, get the trucking company contact info if possible.
- Take photos: A picture is worth a thousand words and may prove invaluable when pushing through an insurance claim or civil lawsuit. Snapping photos with your phone camera can provide invaluable leverage later in the process.
Work With An Experienced Truck Accident Attorney
Once you have been thoroughly examined, call an experienced truck accident lawyer. With these valuable pieces of documentation in hand, our experienced team will have solid evidence to help resolve your case to the best possible outcome. That may involve negotiating a fair settlement with the insurance carrier or taking the trucking company to court.
If you have suffered a loss due to the carelessness of a truck driver, contact Spicer, Olin & Associates, P.C., for a consultation at our Blacksburg, Virginia, office by calling 540-315-8799 or contacting us online. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.