Semi-truck accident cases are common. If you or someone you know needs help, we understand. In fact, we handle accident cases daily. From personal injury to wrongful death, Domnitz Law takes on the tough cases to get you what you deserve.
Although truck accidents are similar to regular car accidents, there are several factors on top of typical traffic laws that come up with large vehicles. For example, a commercial vehicle like a tractor-trailer hauls material goods and has different laws in its own respect. That means there are multiple different impositions in terms of finding out how and why an accident occurred in the first place. The experienced attorneys at Domnitz Law have tried hands in all the nuances of commercial trucking accident cases. Let’s take a look at some specific details involved in semi-truck accidents and how we handle a case.
What Should I Do After a Truck Accident?
There are several important things to do after you get into a truck accident.
1. Call an ambulance and the police, if necessary.
If anyone was injured in the truck accident, be sure to call an ambulance for immediate medical help. If there are no serious injuries, but there is substantial damage to the car ($1,000 and up), then call the police.
2. Take down insurance and contact information
You should always get insurance and contact information from anyone involved in the accident, just to be safe. This includes details like names, addresses, phone numbers, driver’s license numbers, make and model of vehicles involved, license plate numbers, and names and contact information of witnesses, if there are any.
3. Photograph the accident scene and specific damages.
Take pictures of the truck involved, as well as any other vehicles, including your own. This serves as physical proof of what happened and can be useful later when you really start dealing with the liability aspects of the case.
4. Contact a truck accident attorney immediately.
Call a local truck accident attorney near you to start sorting important details out. Even if you don’t think you need a lawyer, it’s better to find out right away if you’re right or if there are some things that need handling that you never considered. A truck accident attorney can help you get police reports, traffic cam footage, and dash cam footage if it’s available. In addition, an attorney will begin to calculate the monetary value and expenses of the whole accident, which you’ll want a complete record of if things become complicated.
5. Don’t Talk About the Accident Too Much.
It’s important that you don’t speak about the accident too much. Of course, contact family and friends to let them know you’re okay. But we’ve seen instances of social media posts and blogs that are used against clients in court. It’s best not to overshare about your accident until the whole ordeal is finished.
6. Be Cautious of Attorneys Who Pressure You to Settle.
It’s important that you understand the case and know when to settle. However, many attorneys will advise you to settle simply because it’s easier than challenging the other party. You want an attorney who is confident in your case and is willing to take the case to court. Winning a case in court requires much more time and effort, but it’s well worth it if you or a loved one is injured in a truck accident.
Common Questions Post-Truck Accident
As we mentioned, truck accidents happen daily, and we handle plenty of these cases. Unfortunately, truck accidents are often more severe than car accidents because of the size, weight, and speed that commercial trucks are usually going. We’ve compiled a list of common questions you may ask after you’re involved in a truck accident.
- Who pays for all of the medical bills?
- Who will pay for the damage done to my vehicle?
- If I need to rent a car, will I be reimbursed for the cost?
- Will I be compensated for the time away from work as the result of an injury?
- How do we find out the cause of the accident?
These are commons questions and concerns. If you must miss work because you are seriously injured, the person responsible for the accident should pay you for the time you miss. They should also pay for the hospital bills, medical treatment, repairs made to the car, and rental cost for your temporary rental car. You need not worry about all these costs because Domnitz Law will factor in all these expenses when working on your case. We’ll make sure you come out ahead, not neck-deep in bills and costs.
Details Specific Only to Truck Accidents
There are some things that go beyond regular traffic laws when truck or semi-trucks are involved. This is because commercial trucking is regulated pretty heavily by state and federal governments. Here are some trucking-specific laws and circumstances:
- Laws and restrictions on how long a driver can be behind the wheel.
- When the last time the truck pulled into a rest station.
- The total weight of the trailer and what materials were being transported.
- Industry-specific inspections and vehicle maintenance practices.
- Strict documentation and driver log laws.
- Training and qualifications of the driver.
- Medical history and driving fitness record.
Since these people are being paid to drive, they have much stricter rules than a normal driver. They need to pass certain tests, have certain licenses and endorsements, and follow specific routes and rest schedules. State and federal laws require drivers to take breaks every certain number of hours or miles to ensure the safety of everyone on the road.
Have you or someone you love been injured in a truck accident in Metro Milwaukee or Southeast Wisconsin due to the fault of another? If so, it is likely that you can recover damages for your injuries, losses, and pain and suffering.
Domnitz & Domnitz are A+ Better Business Bureau rated truck accident lawyers in Milwaukee, WI. We have helped thousands of clients recoup over $100 million for their injuries and suffering in a variety of personal injury cases.