How to File a Claim After a Trucking Accident
No matter how much we may try, we just can’t avoid seeing big rigs, tractor trailers, and other large commercial trucks on the road. There are some regulations that truck drivers must adhere to when driving, but it doesn’t mean that all of them comply. Unfortunately, when they don’t, it can cause serious accidents and subsequent injuries. At Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P., our team of Chicago trucking accident lawyers knows how to help injured individuals file a claim for compensation. We know what needs to be shown in these types of cases and how to find the liable party.
Collect Necessary Information
If possible, you should spend time after the accident gathering as much information as possible. This includes knowing which company the truck driver works for, insurance information, witness contact information, and images of the scene. You should also seek medical attention right away. These medical records can help prove that your injury was in fact caused by the trucking accident.
Truck accidents are often difficult because there are numerous parties who may be held accountable. Because trucking companies and truck drivers are often on strict deadlines, they may ignore the regulations regarding how long the driver can travel each day. This can cause fatigue. A cargo loader may improperly stock the trailer causing an uneven or oversized load. This can cause the truck to tip over and result in an accident.
Determine Who Can File a Claim
When a truck accident results in a serious injury, the victim may be able to take legal action to seek compensation. Unfortunately, some truck accidents can have fatal consequences. In these types of cases, the decedent’s next of kin may be able to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of their lost loved one. The next of kin may include the decedent’s spouse, children, or parents.