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The Danger Of Commercial Trucks On Roads & Highways

With an enormous amount of mass and momentum, commercial trucks, such as 18-wheelers, have the potential to inflict a significant amount of damage to other vehicles and drivers on roads and highways throughout Virginia. Commercial trucking accidents are an all-too-common occurrence, particularly due to the fact that many truck drivers and their companies neglect safety concerns for the sake of time and profit.

Trucking companies are governed by numerous state and federal regulations regarding how they are supposed to operate and maintain their vehicles. When they fail to abide by the rules, and cause serious injury to others on the road, our Lynchburg personal injury attorneys believe that they should be held fully accountable for their carelessness or recklessness.

What to Do After An Accident

ANSWERS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Check Your Safety

Immediately following your accident, check to see if you or any of your passengers have been seriously hurt. If there is need to call for 911, do so. If not, call the police and wait for them to arrive. Do not move your vehicle.

Speak With Police

Once police arrive, they will interview you about exactly what happened. Be as detailed as you can, but don’t speculate—it’s okay to say you don’t know. It’s also advised that you don’t diagnose yourself, either. Even if you feel unharmed, you may not feel residual injuries until hours or days after your accident.

Gather Information

You will want to exchange information with the other driver, including names, addresses, and insurance information. If you are able, also take pictures with your phone of the damage to your car or other telling details of the accident. If there are lingering witnesses, get their contact information, as well. Later on, if you have sustained injuries, even minor ones, photograph these, as well.

Alert Your Insurance Provider

As a policyholder, you are responsible for alerting your insurance provider of your accident. They may ask you many of the same questions the police did for their own records and also provide you with a claim number. You will want to keep a log of your phone calls with your provider (and the topics discussed) in case there is a future need to dispute their assertions.

See A Doctor

Even if you believe you are only experiencing minor effects from your crash, it is advised that you see your doctor. When you do, keep a record of these visits and any resulting documentation (bills, tests, x-rays, etc.) as these will be needed for your insurance claim and any potential legal action.

Call An Attorney

If your insurance company—or the other driver’s insurance company—refuse to pay out the money you deserve following your accident, then it may be time to speak with an attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can use the information you’ve gathered to enter negotiations with insurance providers or, if necessary, enter litigation against them and make a compelling case for compensation.

What Should I Ask My Doctor After a Car Accident?

If you have suffered an injury in a car accident, no matter how severe your injury is, the first thing you must do is seek medical attention. As soon as you see a doctor, it is important to ask him or her a number of questions that may help you with your car accident claim or personal injury lawsuit.
What is the full extent of my injuries?
Are there any future health concerns that I should know?
What caused my injuries?
When can I go back to work?
May I have copies of my medical records?

The Importance of Taking Photos After a Car Accident

When a car accident occurs, you may feel overwhelmed with thoughts and utterly frustrated instead of being focused and thinking rationally. At Randall J. Trost, P.C., our Lynchburg personal injury attorney understands how important it is to take prompt, precise action after a collision. Gathering as much evidence as you can only benefit your claim, especially if it’s taken to court.
Photos offer visual details which depict how the accident happened, the individual(s) at fault and the injuries or damages that occurred. Due to the popularity and necessity of cellular phones, the benefit of possessing one is the camera feature, enabling users to take as many pictures as memory space allows.

Why You Need to See a Doctor After a Car Accident

Whether you suffered a minor injury or a serious one, it is imperative to see a doctor after a car accident. Not only must you visit a physician to determine the full extent of your injuries, but to also help build your car accident insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.

Some of the most common causes of commercial trucking accidents are:

TRUCK DRIVER FATIGUE DUE TO LACK OF SLEEP

 


FAILURE TO ABIDE BY SPEED LIMITS OR TRAFFIC LAWS

 


TRUCK DRIVERS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS OR ALCOHOL

 


DEFECTIVE TRUCKS OR TRUCK PARTS

 


FAILING TO SEE OTHER DRIVERS WHEN TURNING OR CHANGING LANES

 


POOR TRUCK MAINTENANCE

 


POORLY BALANCED OR WEIGHTED TRUCKS

 


INSUFFICIENT TRAINING OF TRUCK DRIVERS

 


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Holding Trucking Companies & Their Insurance Providers Responsible

Knowing that they face the potential for legal action being taken against them, trucking companies spend huge sums of money on insurance for their drivers. If you have been involved in an accident, these insurance providers will often do everything in their power to minimize your claim and either attempt to settle for as little as possible or deny responsibility altogether. With truck accidents, it is especially important to contact a lawyer quickly to gather evidence such as truck “black box” data. This “black box” data may make the difference in your case.

At the law office of Randall J. Trost, P.C., our Lynchburg & Danville personal injury lawyers have seen every trick in the book when it comes to these entities trying to avoid their financial obligation to victims. We are fully prepared to go up against them and fight for the full amount of compensation that you are entitled.

YEARS OF SUCCESSFULLY
FIGHTING FOR OUR CLIENTS

For more than 30 years, our Lynchburg personal injury attorneys have helped clients with claims and lawsuits stemming from automobile accidents. It may be difficult to prove that a policy holder was at fault in an accident with the assistance of a less experienced legal team, but our Lynchburg personal injury lawyers have the confidence, skills, and resources necessary to greatly increase your odds of achieving a favorable outcome and getting the compensation you need.

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Fill out the following form or call (434) 528-4222 to request your Free Case Review.