More than half a million truck accidents occur each year in the United States. In fact, one out of every eight traffic deaths involves a trucking wreck, according to the Department of Transportation. In Nevada, there were nearly 500 fatal truck crashes, according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis.
To make matters worse, a massive commercial truck versus a compact car usually results in the driver/passenger(s) in the car taking the brunt of the damage in the accident. This means you’re likely to suffer a serious injury and have your car totaled if you wind up getting hit by a commercial truck.
But if you file a personal injury claim against the at-fault trucker, be prepared for a major challenge. The moment a commercial trucking company is alerted one of their trucks was involved in a wreck, they send out a team of lawyers and adjusters to survey the accident scene. Their goal – find anything that will enable them to reduce or deny your legitimate injury claim.
This is why you need to need to consult with an attorney as soon as you can after the crash. The faster you retain legal counsel, the faster we can get out to the accident scene and make sure no vital information suddenly goes “missing” or is altered.
Trucking companies are required by law to keep detailed driver logs and maintenance records. In addition, many trucks carry black boxes that can record valuable data about driving habits and what may have caused the wreck. The sooner we can review this data, the sooner we can start building your case and make sure we’re ready for the trucking company’s defense tactics.