When a commercial truck is involved in an accident, an already complicated circumstance has the potential to grow much more complex. In many cases, the victims involved in the accident are not familiar with the legal issues at hand, and may not realize that crucial evidence often disappears into the air once the respective parties leave the scene.
One of the best ways a victim of commercial truck accident can protect him or herself and protect his or her future is by calling for an attorney to come to the scene of the accident itself, before it is cleaned up and before any driver leaves. An experienced attorney ensures that the victims can focus on their own recovery and handling personal affairs like contacting friends or relatives about the accident.
Meanwhile, the attorney also understands the types of information he or she must search for at the scene itself, and can make sure that the victims don't miss out on important evidence that may help build a more comprehensive claim. This might include documentation of the scene, as well obtaining various records from the commercial driver and determining the relationship of the driver to the company hiring the truck for the run. In some cases, the driver may work as an employee, whereas in other cases, the driver may operate as an independent contractor. These small distinctions can make huge differences in how the victims build their claims and pursue complete compensation for their losses.
After a serious accident like this, the victims should not have to worry about whether or not they missed something at the scene of the accident or said something that might compromise their claim. It is wise to refrain from discussing the accident with the other parties until an attorney arrives to assess the situation and protect the rights and privileges of the victims.
Source: Findlaw, "Commercial Vehicle Accidents: Race to the Scene," accessed Oct. 20, 2017