If you have been involved in an accident with a vehicle owned by a large company, such as FedEx* or UPS*, you might be wondering how long you have available to pursue a personal injury claim against the company for your damages. That is dependent on the state where the accident took place and the laws regarding the statute of limitations for pursuing such as claim.
You have a limited timeframe for pursuing personal injury claims after an accident. For example, in the state of Tennessee, accident victims have one year from the date of the accident to pursue a personal injury claim, but in Pennsylvania, accident victims have two years from the date of the accident to pursue a personal injury claim.
What to Do After an Accident Involving a Large Company
Just like you would with any accident, you will need to call the police after an accident with a large company, so an accident report can be completed. One common accident involving a large company are trucking accidents. When a large truck hits a traditional vehicle, the damages can be serious.
Larger companies must maintain commercial insurance policies, which have a greater value. These greater policy limits are because their larger vehicles, which could weigh 40 tons, towers over a regular vehicle, such as a sedan or SUV. That size difference could also mean a difference in the amount of damages that result. If injuries are serious, you should call an ambulance. If injuries are not as serious, seek immediate medical care after the accident report is handled by local authorities.
Differences in Pursuing a Claim Against a Large Company
An accident involving a large company is not necessarily the same as an accident involving another individual. After all, large companies have different regulations that must be followed. Federal laws oversee the commercial trucking industry, so those regulations come into play when fault or liability is determined.
The driver of a commercial vehicle must have additional training and a special operator’s license. The vehicle must undergo a strict maintenance routine, a logbook must be maintained, and a driver can only operate a vehicle for a specified number of hours during any 24-hour period. The additional regulations must be considered when fault is being determined after an accident involving a larger company.
Consult With a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been involved in an accident involving a large company, you should consult with a personal injury attorney about pursuing a claim against the large company for damages that you suffered because of the accident. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form today, so you can have your case reviewed by a lawyer and you can get your claim on the right track.
*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against FedEx, UPS, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.