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Things to know before seeing an attorney, pt. 1

An accident with a semi-truck is a bone-chilling prospect for any commuter. Unfortunately, the problems with trucks do not end with their overwhelming size. In fact, truck cases can be among the most complex to litigate.

The operation of commercial trucks involves a complex web of business relationships from truck leaseholders, the driver, dispatcher, employer, freight owner and their various insurance companies. All of these interests are competing to defeat you in court and failing that, blame it on someone else. So, it may be helpful in this situation to seek knowledgeable legal counsel. But, the more information you can provide about the accident, the better equipped your attorney will be to help you.

In the immediate aftermath of the accident, do your best to gather as much information as you can about the driver, the truck, the freight and any insurance companies. Don't rely on what the driver tells you; ask to see his license, copy down his license plates and the information about his trucking company. All of this may help your attorney verify the driver's retelling of events. If you were unable to gather this information, do not worry because the police likely took down a report.

You may want to jot down your thoughts and memories of the accident after you are discharged from the hospital and have had some time to recover. These initial impressions sometimes contain critical details on witnesses, traffic cameras or even additional parties. If you remembered that a streetlight was out or a large pothole was in the road, then that could mean the city was partially at fault.

If you were injured in a major accident, then you may want to speak to a lawyer. These cases can become complex very quickly. The attorney could act on your behalf as you work toward determining liability and getting appropriate compensation.

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