If you’ve been in an accident involving a semi-truck, you may be wondering what you should do. You’ve lost your vehicle. You’ve been injured. Some families lose loved ones. Simply by the size of a semi-truck, these accidents are very, very dangerous. If your life was affected by a wreck involving a semi, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Here’s what you need to know about these devastating accidents.
Personal Injury Explained
Personal injury means that someone was injured due to the actions or inactions of another party. There are four elements involved in personal injury. In addition to those elements, the court also looks at fault.
So, essentially personal injury is about fault.
The key to proving a negligence is the evidence that you have. If you are physically able there are steps that you can take at the scene of the crash to help your claim:
Take Photos - Photos can be a key to proving fault. When you are taking photographs, look for the obvious dents and scratches, but also look for popped tires, broken headlights or taillights and note whether the airbag was deployed.
Witness Statements - Witness statements can be uncomfortable to ask for, but they are important. If there are witnesses, make sure to get their contact information. Your lawyer will be able to help track down and organize their statements.
Medical Documentation - Medical documentation is how you show the extent of your injuries as well as the cost. Save all medical documentation and bills. This will be used to calculate the overall damages sustained in the accident.
If you or someone you know was involved in a wreck with a semi-truck, don’t rely on the company or insurance to make things right. You need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your legal rights and get you the compensation that you deserve.
*The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Knight Transportation, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.