The trucking industry is a multi billion dollar operation that largely fuels the American economy. At the same time, semi-truck and 18-wheelers are the culprits in far too many accidents on New York roads, many of them with disastrous consequences. These trucks are large, often difficult to control, and can cause great injury or death if plowed into a smaller car or truck. Because of these reasons, it is important to have a professional lawyer in New York on your side if you have been involved in a truck accident in Auburn.
Why Call A Lawyer?
Many people wonder why they need a lawyer when involved in a truck accident. Surely the fault is well established, and all trucking companies have an insurance company that will pay for any negligence caused by the driver. That might be true in a perfect world, but we do not live in such a reality. The truth is that insurance companies are out to protect their own interests, not yours. With so many rules and regulations that are in place for the trucking industry, the insurance company is counting on you just accepting their initial offer and then settle the case. This is precisely why you need a lawyer. Your attorney will know the very rules and regulations that the driver may have violated. Primary among these are the maximum number of hours permitted behind the wheel. Armed with this information, your lawyer can vigorously defend your rights and get you the compensation that you are really entitled to.
Steps To Follow
If you have been involved in an accident, it is important that you receive a complete medical examination as quickly as possible. This is necessary even if you feel that the accident was minor and that you incurred no injuries. There are many times when an injury, potentially life threatening at that, does not present itself until several days or months later. In addition, you will want to make sure that the police were called to the scene of the accident. Collect as much information as you are physically able to at the time of the accident. In Auburn, New York there are many laws in place to protect accident victims. Do not discount the importance of anything. Write down notes about the accident, or record them to your smartphone. This will prove invaluable as your lawyer begins to explore your legal options.
As soon as you are able, you will then want to contact an experienced truck accident lawyer in Auburn, New York. You will be afforded a free consultation, at which time you can go over the details of the case with your lawyer who will then advise you the best legal course of action to take at this time. If you are ready, the defense of your case can begin immediately. Your lawyer will then fight hard to get you the maximum compensation possible given the circumsatnces of your particular case.
Please contact our law firm in Auburn, New York if you or a loved one has been involved in any type of accident involving a truck. It would be our pleasure to assist you and protect your legal rights in any way possible.