Why You Need To Hire a Seguin 18-Wheeler Accident Attorney To Protect You
As our firm has discussed, there are many different forms of carelessness that could lead to a fatal truck accident, such as: driving under the influence, reckless driving, speeding, running a red light or stop sign, falling asleep at the wheel, failing to load cargo properly, and failing to repair or maintain the truck. More on this Website
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To build an effective lawsuit, you should first call a knowledgeable fatal truck accident lawyer. The last thing you want to do is talk with the responsible party’s insurance representative about your accident. The insurance adjuster for the insurance carrier, whose job is to minimize the amount of money the responsible party may have to pay as a result of the wreck, is looking for ways to shift the blame to you or someone else. Statements given shortly after the collision many times are not complete due to the stress of the injuries or death that occurred. Later when asked the same questions under less stress, more details are many times are given, which creates the impression of inconsistency and may lead to suspicion or doubt about your recollection. Do not provide any statements to the responsible party’s insurance adjuster, even if they suggest you do so. You should not sign any statement or release that would permit them access to your health care or employment records before you consult with a lawyer. Visit our Google Screened Profile here
Most insurance carriers will hire attorneys or have them on staff, and they will start to work on defending the lawsuit right away. Time is of the essence. To protect you, the scene must be secured. Photographs and witness statements must be taken as soon after the accident as possible so that important pieces of physical evidence are not lost, misplaced, or worse, purposely destroyed.
Self-Representation is Not a Smart Idea
Even if your lawsuit looks open and shut, this is a bad idea not to have a professional evaluate your lawsuit. Even attorneys who handle normal auto accident claims aren’t prepared for the complexity and high stakes of a fatal truck accident. No trucking firm or insurance firm, no matter how black and white the facts are, will rollover. This is true even if you have multiple cameras that recorded every step that led to the fatal accident and a vehicle driver who after the accident is arrested and tested with .20 blood alcohol and he signs a confession to the police. Our firm has never heard of a non-attorney taking a wrongful death lawsuit to successful completion, and this is not a chance you should take. Even if you don’t hire our offices, our firm urges you to engage a lawyer because you are at your most vulnerable and you need someone on your side. Your monetary future and that of your family could be at stake here, and you don’t want to undermine your own quest for justice and compensation. See our GMB Website
What Happens After a Fatal Seguin Truck Accident
To make your claim and win in a court of law (or elicit a proper settlement) you need to know the facts, how to build a lawsuit, and you must have the physical evidence required to support your case. Because the trucking firms are not just going to roll over. They are worried about profit – they want to make sure they aren’t held accountable financially. That’s their concern, not the loss of your family member.
Right after the fatal truck accident, trucking firms and their drivers will immediately begin extensive accident investigation and even wreck reconstruction, dispatching their operatives all over the area, or wherever the tragic incident occurred. Many times, safety managers, insurance adjusters, and attorneys will be called to the accident scene. They will interview witnesses, take pictures, and prepare the driver for their interview with the investigating officers. They have done this dozen if not hundreds of times, and they know how to position their people to try to blame anyone but the trucking firm.
Truck accidents – especially fatal ones – require a lot more investigation on the plaintiff’s part than just the details of the accident. A proper investigation should involve an examination and research into the following aspects of the trucking firm or driver: hiring policies, drug and alcohol programs, safety protocols and guidelines, maintenance on the subject tractor, logs of the driver to assess issues of fatigue, mechanical defects of the truck, the health conditions of the driver including those impairing eyesight and other potential contributing factors. The defendants are not exactly going to volunteer this information. At this stage this is imperative that an immediate investigation be performed, including photographing physical evidence at the scene, interviewing witnesses, and photographing and performing an inspection of the respective vehicles, including the truck and its trailer and load. A smart lawsuit also requires researching all current and past court proceedings for any citation issued to the truck driver, conducting criminal background searches, and driver’s license reports on the driver involved.