What should I do right after a commercial truck accident in Indiana?

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Accidents involving commercial trucks are handled differently than other automobile accidents. You don’t legally have to file a claim right away, but acting as soon as possible after the accident is imperative to potential success.

Why is it important to act quickly? Because trucking companies have insurance companies and legal advocates on hand, ready to make a move.

Trucking Companies Take Many Measures To Protect Themselves

The most important thing to keep in mind is that trucking companies and the insurance companies that represent them will do everything they can to get things moving right away. They will have investigators dispatched to the scene as soon as they are notified an accident happened. They will talk to witnesses and gather evidence. The investigators will download electronic from the truck, take measurements and gather any physical evidence.

The trucking company will want to get the truck back on the road ASAP. That means fixing the truck. When they do that, evidence is often lost.

Take Action To Protect Your Rights And Your Well-Being

Because the trucking companies act so quickly, it is important that you do the same. It is important to get a lawsuit on file as soon as possible, so that a lawyer has the power to subpoena documents and review all evidence gathered by the trucking company’s investigative team. A law firm can get an accident reconstructionist on the scene right away to talk to witnesses, law enforcement personnel and to ensure evidence doesn’t get altered or disappear.

If you are injured, tell medical professionals exactly how you feel from head to toe. If you are taken to an emergency room or are assessed by a doctor other than your personal physician, schedule an appointment with your family doctor. They will know you best and are the most invested in your long-term health. Document all injuries via photograph every day. Bruises and cuts can fade, and it is important to preserve this evidence.

Remember, trucking companies and their insurance representatives are not on your side. You should act quickly after any type of collision involving a commercial truck. You deserve an advocate who will preserve and pursue evidence to protect your best interests.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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