If you or someone you love was injured in a collision with a truck, the actions you take immediately afterward can affect your physical and financial recovery. The steps you should take after a truck accident include the following:
- Remain calm and immediately call police to the scene
- Do not make any comments about fault or blame
- Seek emergency and follow-up medical attention
- Obtain witness contact information, if possible
- Call a truck accident lawyer immediately
If possible, you should also take pictures of the accident scene, your vehicle, and the at-fault truck. The steps you take after a truck accident are largely similar to the steps you take after a car accident. Your lawyer, though, can help you determine the right party to pursue for financial compensation and ensure your claim is accurately valued.
The Benefits of Hiring a Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you love was injured in a truck accident—or if a family member was lost to a truck accident—you are entitled to seek financial compensation from the at-fault party. You may know that in an accident with another passenger car, you can seek compensation from the car’s driver. A lawyer can help you determine who to pursue for compensation after a large truck accident.
One of the benefits of hiring a truck accident lawyer is that he can help you determine whether to pursue the at-fault truck driver, the company that employs him, or the manufacturer of his truck. Depending on the cause of the collision, any of these parties could be financially responsible for your recoverable damages.
There are additional benefits of hiring a truck accident lawyer. When a member of our personal injury team represents you, we will:
- Listen to your recollection of the accident
- Read and review the official crash report
- Read and review your medical records
- Locate and interview witnesses to the collision
- Obtain copies of your employment and salary records
Our firm is responsive and will keep you continually updated on the progress of your claim and on the progress of settlement negotiations. While you concentrate on your physical healing and recovery, our team concentrates on fighting to get you the full financial compensation you deserve.
For a free legal consultation, call (614) 538-1116
Take Steps to Get Your Full Financial Compensation
After a truck accident, you are entitled to recover the monetary value of the expenses and losses that stem from the accident and your injuries. According to Ohio Revised Code § 2315.18 guidelines, you can collect financial compensation for the following:
- Current and future lost wages
- Damaged or destroyed property
- Current and future medical care
- Physical pain and suffering
- Physical disability and disfigurement
- Mental and emotional anguish
On your own, it can be difficult to calculate many of the expenses you are entitled to recover from the at-fault party, and a miscalculation could be costly. Without an accurate calculation, eligible expenses could be overlooked and your claim could be undervalued or underpaid. Your lawyer can help you assess each portion of your claim and assign an accurate financial value to your overall compensation claim.
File Your Personal Injury Lawsuit Right Away
When you are the victim of a truck accident, you can hold the at-fault party financially accountable for your injuries by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Your lawsuit will allow you to request compensation for the economic and non-economic damages of the accident. While you can seek compensation, you only have a limited amount of time to do so.
According to Ohio Revised Code § 2305.10, you are generally entitled to two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. If you do not file your compensation claim within the allotted time, you will not be able to file it at all.
Additional consequences of filing your lawsuit late include the inability to legally compel financial recovery from the liable party. You will also be forced to carry the financial burden of the accident on your own. Our personal injury team can make sure you avoid the damaging consequences of missing the filing deadline by ensuring your lawsuit is filed on time to comply with the statute of limitations.
We Can Help You Pursue Financial Compensation After a Truck Accident
When you are injured in a collision with a large truck, you are entitled to compensation. Our personal injury team will make sure the steps you take after a truck accident lead you to a fair financial recovery of your expenses and losses. When you are ready to pursue the compensation you deserve, contact the client intake team at Bressman Law by calling (614) 538-1116 today.