Large commercial trucks like tractor-trailers and tanker trucks operate on a daily basis in Albuquerque and the surrounding areas. When these vehicles are involved in accidents with smaller passenger vehicles, people can be seriously injured and vehicles totaled and, in many cases, trucking companies are liable to victims for the losses they have sustained.
If you have been hurt in a crash with a commercial truck, you are probably upset, confused, and not sure what to do next. Below are some of the steps you should take after an accident.
- See Your Doctor – It is important to see your physician after an accident, even if you have already received emergency medical treatment or you do not believe that you are seriously hurt. Seeing your doctor will ensure that your injuries are properly identified and treated and also that an official record is generated detailing the nature and severity of your injuries, which can come in handy when establishing damages.
- Document Information – After an accident, it is important to make notes and collect information about the way in which your accident occurred and the people involved. The kinds of facts to note can include the names of the people involved, the company name on the truck, witness name and contact information, the weather conditions at the time of the accident, just to name a few. In addition, if your injuries are affecting you on a daily basis, make note of it – things like problems with sleep or being unable to engage in your usual daily routine can affect the compensation you recover.
- Call an Attorney – It is advisable to call an attorney immediately as soon as possible after an accident occurs. Your lawyer will negotiate with the insurance company handling your case and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. If the insurance company refuses to make a reasonable settlement offer, your attorney will file a lawsuit on your behalf in the appropriate venue in order to ensure that you are able to have your losses compensated.
An accident with a commercial truck is a serious incident that can have life-changing repercussions. Trucking companies and their insurers understand that they operate in a risky business and are ready to defend against allegations of negligence at the drop of a hat. For this reason, as a victim, you should be sure to retain a qualified attorney who has a track-record of success representing people who have been injured in accidents involving commercial vehicles.
Call an Albuquerque Truck Accident Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
If you have been injured in an accident with a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney immediately. To schedule a free consultation with Albuquerque attorney Salim Khayoumi, call our office today at 505-333-8613.