A truck accident lawsuit can get messy even for the most resourceful company or individual.
Just ask Wal-mart. In 2014, the company was involved in a trucking accident which resulted in a multi-million dollar payout to actor Tracy Morgan.
And the payment to Morgan was just the tip of the iceberg. Some sources speculate that Wal-Mart paid out almost $100 million in total to all involved parties.
But if even this huge corporation had a rough go of things, where does that leave you if you ever get into a trucking accident? How would you go about preparing to tackle a trucking accident lawsuit?
Here are our three best tips for preparing yourself for a truck accident case:
1. Don’t Leave the Crash Scene
Don’t ever leave the crash scene. This advice goes for anyone who’s involved in any sort of car accident. There are several reasons to stick around after the crash.
And the most important one?
Leaving the scene of the crime might be illegal in your state. If you leave, you could incriminate yourself.
Because local authorities will likely approach your case as a hit-and-run.
Potential incrimination aside, you’ll want to see how everything is going to play out. You’ll also want to ask as many questions as possible and get as much information as you can from the cops and the other involved parties.
And one last thing:
Don’t forget to snap pictures and record everything that transpires. Those images and videos might come in handy in the future.
2. Refrain from Making Statements About the Accident
Even though you want to get information from the other parties, you don’t want to offer up too much information.
Yes, you want to comply with law enforcement. But you don’t want to start making statements about the accident.
You’re likely going to be emotional and a bit shaken up after the accident. Your emotional state could make you do and say things which will hurt your case in the long run.
And you have the right not to immediately offer up everything you know. No one on the scene or at the police department can compel you to incriminate yourself.
So even if you think you might be at fault? Don’t be too forthcoming. You don’t know what future investigations will reveal.
3. Don’t Forget to Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer
The best thing you can do for yourself is to hire a truck accident lawyer. Your lawyer will assist you with everything that comes with being involved in a truck accident:
- Filing a truck driver accident report
- Making formal statements to the cops
- Preparing to testify in court
There are other reasons to hire a lawyer as well. Sometimes damage and injuries aren’t apparent. And determining who’s at fault is not as clear-cut as people think it is.
Preparing for a Truck Accident Lawsuit?
If you’re currently preparing for a truck accident lawsuit, we can’t stress the importance of our third tip enough.
Hire a lawyer who specializes in truck accident lawsuits.
You might think the case is an easy win or sure loss for you, but lawyers always know better.
That said, feel free to contact us if you ever need a lawyer’s expertise. Just provide us with your name, contact information, and a brief description of your legal issue.