How Quickly Do I Need To Act After A Trucking Accident In Pennsylvania?

Christopher J. Marzzacco - Personal Injury - General - Super Lawyers

Answered by: Christopher J. Marzzacco

Marzzacco Niven & Associates
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Trucking accidents are always unexpected. When one happens, the accident victim and/or loved ones should promptly deal with the aftermath.

Most importantly, this involves seeking immediate medical attention. But as soon as possible, it is also important to seek legal help, as well.

The sooner the victim can seek legal help, the better. The trucking company and insurers often start building their cases immediately after the accident. It is critical that the accident victim has a plan and strong legal support, as well.

Understanding Truck Accident Cases From The Other Side

After a collision between a commercial semitruck and a passenger vehicle, the trucking company (or insurance company) will immediately take action. This may involve employing an accident reconstruction team, investigator and safety experts. The trucking company, often with vast resources, will immediately start working to protect the company’s best interests.

After The Accident, Victims Are At A Disadvantage

Considering how quickly the trucking company will take action – likely while the victim and family members are attending to medical needs – the victim is at an immediate disadvantage from a legal and insurance perspective.

What can the victim do to level the playing field?

The Importance Of Contacting A Lawyer As Soon As Possible

The aftermath of a trucking accident is often chaotic, and the victim and family members may not immediately think of contacting an attorney. But it is a very important step in ensuring the victim’s rights are protected.

What can an attorney do to help?

  • Get to the accident scene as soon as possible.
  • Start gathering and preserving evidence.
  • Employ accident reconstruction and other experts.
  • Obtain information from police reports and other sources.
  • Use computer-generated accident simulation or animation.

If an accident has resulted in injury or property damage, it is advisable to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Since trucking accidents often result in catastrophic injuries or death, family members should be ready to act.

If you have been injured, remember this: The earlier you act, the more options that may be available as you seek compensation and move forward with your case.

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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