Abingdon, Bristol and Johnson City
In 2015, there were more than 4,000 fatalities and 116,000 injuries related to tractor-trailer crashes.
Being involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer or big truck can be traumatic for anyone involved, whether it results in an injury or death. It can be difficult to keep your composure immediately following the accident. However, it is important to understand your rights and what you should do if ever you find yourself involved in one of these unfortunate accidents.
Call 911 – Always notify the policy upon being involved in an accident, even if it appears that no injuries have occurred. In fact, injuries or damage to the vehicles or property may not be evident immediately. Documenting the accident with a call to emergency responders will make forming the basis of your cases much easier.
Get treatment for injuries – If you are hurt, request necessary medical attention immediately even for treatment of minor injuries or pain. Your injury may seem ok at the moment, but later on, you may develop pain or complications as a result of the accident. Therefore, having any injuries documented will help your case when it comes to evaluating monetary compensation for your injuries.
Take pictures, collect information – This day in age practically everyone has a cellular phone equipped with a camera. Be sure to use your phone to snap some pictures of the accident. Take a picture showing any damage to your vehicle, the other driver’s vehicle, as well as the surrounding property. Also, collect information such as vehicle description, insurance carrier, and drivers licenses (it is better if you can take a picture of it), as well as contact information.
Don’t sign anything until you speak with an attorney – The trucking company’s insurance carrier may contact you as they may try to downplay the accident and try to get you to sign a settlement. Do not sign anything until you speak with an experienced attorney that handles trucking accidents such as the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C. In fact, it is advisable to speak only to your personal injury attorney as anything you say to the trucking company’s insurance carrier could be used against you later in the case.
Hire a personal injury attorney – A personal injury attorney will evaluate your case and determine the appropriate course of action for seeking compensation for your injuries. Remember, we are here to help you throughout the entire process from filing a claim to representing you in court if need be.
Going up against a trucking company, the driver or the insurance carrier is not an easy feat for many people. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney such as the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., can make the process an easy one.
Contact our office by calling us at (276) 451-2056 to schedule a free consultation.
Representing the injured and disabled for more than 30 years, the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., are proud to serve clients in Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City, TN, as well as Bristol, VA.