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Nothing stands a chance if a massive 18-wheeler truck is on a collision course toward any object, especially a car. The size, weight, and momentum of a speeding truck makes these kind of accidents devastating and, in some cases, fatal.
At Mathias Raphael PLLC Accident & Injury Lawyers, we are aware that truck accident cases present complexities that automobile accident cases may not. Not only are you dealing with the individual truck driver, but also the company involved in transporting the cargo. Our dedicated Dallas wrongful death attorneys are not afraid to face powerful corporations and are prepared to obtain the compensation necessary to help you continue after losing a loved one.
The most vital phase of any fatal trucking accident case is the initial investigation and research. Gathering the evidence against those responsible for the wrongful death of a loved one and understating how the accident happened is instrumental toward building a solid case against the truck driver, trucking company, or truck manufacturer.
Common causes of fatal truck accidents include the following:
As shown above, there are multiple reasons why a truck accident can occur. The problem is that these vehicles are so ominous that a high-speed accident can be fatal, accident or not. While the outcome results in much pain and suffering regardless of the cause, there is an important distinction to be made as to why the accident occurred in forming the best legal argument. Common categories upon which an accident is argued include:
A fatal accident is a devastating event fueled with emotions. Shock may make it difficult to act right away. Unfortunately, the reality of the situation is that your immediate decisions may influence your case and impact whether you may receive justifiable recovery and hold individuals accountable. We know that a fatal truck accident is traumatizing and our Dallas fatal truck accident lawyers are here to guide you in every step of the process. Here is a list of immediate things to keep in mind following a fatal truck accident.
A fatal truck injury is unlikely to go unnoticed. Given the scale of these accidents, a massive recovery is likely to occur paired with involvement of law enforcement. Try to cooperate with the law enforcement as best as you can so that the police report can be written with all of your recollections. The information contained in a police report can be one of your strongest pieces of evidence so the importance of getting law enforcement to see your narrative favorably should be stressed.
Again, with an accident as massive as a fatal truck accident, there is likely to be comprehensive police report photos taken and collection of the other driver’s insurance and trucking company. With that being said, do not over rely upon the police report. Systems have been known to break down, evidence not properly cataloged, etc. Take pictures of the scene, gather the information of the truck driver, and do what you normally would do in any vehicular accident to best protect yourself.
Be sure to identify and gather the information for witnesses as well as they will prove to be important in your case. Is there anyone who was a pedestrian at the site of the accidents? Other motorists who were involved? Other passengers in your car or the truck driver’s car? All of these people can prove to be strong witnesses to your case.
For an accident as large as a fatal truck accident, you should always see a medical practitioner immediately following the accident. The likelihood of you escaping injuries completely is incredibly low. Even if feeling no pain, the documentation of your health status can prove to be important evidence as well.
Insurers will likely want to get ahead of a case involving a large truck due to the extent and nature of the damage. While you may not be emotionally or mentally ready for a call with a claims specialist, prepare for the conversation as if you were being deposed for trial. Because the reality is, if the case is to get contentious, your statements could be used for entrance into trial. Your insurer may work on your behalf, but keep in mind that they are a business too and will use the evidence in a way that has their interests in mind.
Given the gravity of the conversations and amount of evidence/paperwork to sort through, hiring an attorney right away can ensure that you preserve all your rights and are afforded the best recovery possible. Be sure to look for a Dallas fatal truck accident lawyer to get the specialized attention that may be necessary for your case.
We understand that every case presents its set of unique factors, and our Dallas wrongful death lawyers are trained to think outside of the box. We know that nothing can ever reverse the loss of a loved one, but attaining the just compensation you deserve can help get you and your family the support you need to move forward.
Contact us today for a free initial consultation.
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