Why You Need To Act Quickly After A Semi-Truck Accident
If you have been injured in an accident involving an 18-Wheeler (Semi-Truck), the most important thing you need to realize is that you CANNOT treat the accident like just another car crash. The main reason for this is that you must act much more quickly to investigate and document what happened during the crash. The trucking company and their skilled insurance adjusters and investigators act quickly to get to the scene, secure evidence, and work on telling “their version” of the story. If you don’t have someone doing the same for you as soon after the crash as possible, you run a tremendous risk of being put in a bad situation.
There are 3 main reasons why you should act quickly if you are involved in a semi-truck accident
- Preserve Evidence
- Preserve the Facts
- Meet Important Deadlines
After a crash involving a semi-truck, an injured person or their family must act quickly to protect their rights. With insurance policies that are worth millions, the trucking companies and their insurance representatives will employ their most experienced adjusters and investigators to handle the case. These insurance company investigators are fast acting and will often appear at the scene of the accident within hours to gather evidence that can be used to defend their case. In some cases, trucking company investigators have arrived at the scene of a truck crash BEFORE law enforcement investigators. When this occurs, evidence can be removed from the scene, lost, or tampered with. Log books often disappear, truck data computers somehow get “erased” or damaged, and other important evidence can be removed, destroyed or lost.
These insurance company investigators are knowledgeable, and incredibly skilled investigators who will employ a diverse amount of tactics and tricks to try to minimize the damage done by the commercial vehicle. Their primary goal will be to shift the responsibility onto the injured party, making it look like the other person was somehow responsible for the crash instead of the truck driver. Their ONLY job is to reduce the liability of the trucking company, and prevent the insurance company from being responsible for medical bills, lost wages, vehicle repairs, etc.
Your team must also act quickly to get witness statements, including from other drivers, the tow truck driver, bystanders, and even from law enforcement that arrived on the scene first. People move, memories fade, and if you don’t act quickly after an 18-wheeler accident, these important witnesses may be forever lost.
It’s also imperative to examine the 18 wheeler tractor itself, especially with regard to the mechanical condition of the rig to see if lack of maintenance (such as poor brakes or tires), product defects, or other mechanical problems contributed to the crash. Once the truck is repaired or altered, valuable evidence can be forever lost.
Preserve the Facts
Because trucking company investigators often arrive at the scene of a trucking accident so quickly, it’s important that you have your own team of investigators that are prepared to respond rapidly to ensure that the facts surrounding the occurrence are preserved.
Failing to have your own team of skilled investigators can lead to inaccuracies in law enforcement crash reports, which often times get important facts wrong which can make it look like the injured victim contributed to the crash. There are documented occasions when trucking company investigators or their associates have even claimed to be “witnesses” to law enforcement, and have provided statements to the investigating officer that the injured person was to blame for the crash. If these inaccuracies end up in a crash report, it’s important that you have a knowledgeable team on your side to correct the record, and ensure that the investigation is accurate, and not biased towards the truck driver.
Our rapid response team is composed of skilled investigators, accident reconstruction specialists, and attorneys who help to ensure that the evidence and facts are preserved after an 18-wheeler crash.
Important Deadlines & Strict Time Limits (Statute of Limitations)
Texas law dictates that there is a statute of limitation that applies to injury claims. This means that there is limited time during which you can seek compensation for your damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, etc. Also, because many trucking accidents are subject to federal laws, much shorter Statutes of Limitations and notice periods may apply. Waiting too long to bring your claim can prevent you from getting the compensation you need to put your life back to the way it was before you were injured.
You Deserve Strong Legal Representation
Commercial vehicles, like 18-wheelers, are generally owned by wealthy corporations and insured by large insurance companies who can afford to hire a team of lawyers to fight against and try to prevent payment to injured victims.
Don’t you also deserve strong legal representation? We believe you do! Call us to learn your rights, get answers to your questions, and discover how to protect your financial future after a truck accident. Call us today at (210) 910-4357 and let us help you protect what matters most in your life.