In 2015, a whopping 64 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in Louisiana involved tractor-trailers. The bad news is that, nationwide, the number of severe and fatal injuries from such crashes is rising. If you were injured in a truck accident, you are likely facing months of recuperation, the inability to work– perhaps permanently– and a difficult time caring for your family. A personal injury lawyer can make all the difference regarding the compensation you receive for your injuries.
A truck accident attorney at Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers protects your rights while holding those responsible for your injuries accountable. We work hard so you can receive the maximum compensation for your injuries and begin rebuilding your life.
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What to do after a truck accident
Because truck accident injuries are usually serious, many victims are unable to take photographs or collect other evidence at the scene, which is often the case in motor vehicle accidents involving cars. But, if it is possible, take photos as well as videos of the crash site, including the road conditions and any available evidence, such as skid marks. In addition, get the insurance and driver’s license information from the truck driver, as well as contact information for any witnesses.
If the accident victim is not capable of taking such measures, a friend or relative should try to capture photographic evidence of the scene as soon as possible.
You should also hire legal counsel immediately after the collision. Because Louisiana has only a one-year statute of limitations from the date of the accident for the filing of a personal injury lawsuit, one of the shortest time limits in the nation, consulting an attorney is in your best interests.
What not to do after a truck accident
Do not make a formal statement or agree to any settlement before obtaining legal advice. The insurance company wants to pay out as little as possible in claims and may use any information you give them against you.
Even if a settlement offer sounds generous, you do not know if the compensation will take care of your long-term needs, based on your prognosis. A personal injury lawyer knows the fair settlement value of a claim based on the circumstances of your case and the severity of your injuries. Once a settlement is agreed upon, it is not changeable, so always seek professional help.
Contact Lake Charles truck accident lawyers
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a truck accident caused by another party’s negligence or recklessness, you need the services of a seasoned Lake Charles truck accident lawyer from our firm. Call us today or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.
While most cases are settled, we will go to trial if the insurance company fails to agree on a reasonable settlement. Since we work on contingency, there is never a fee unless we win. Our track record speaks for itself.