If you have ever driven on Interstate 81, you know how frequent—and fatal—a truck accident can be. If you have ever driven on Interstate 95, you know how fast trucks can drive. All of us have seen the glowing red flares, flashing lights, and overturned tractor trailers, either in person or on the news. But none of us want to be the person in the accident. If you or someone you love has been involved in an truck accident in Richmond or Petersburg, Virginia there are a number of factors you need to be mindful of as you navigate the post-accident legal process.
DRIVE CAREFULLY IN THE COURT ROOM: CHOOSE THE RIGHT TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
Trucks are more regulated by federal law than any other vehicle on the road because they are extremely dangerous. Not just any attorney will do. The attorney you choose to guide and represent you needs to have intimate knowledge of these often byzantine trucking laws so as to skillfully steer your case to a satisfying verdict.
CRITICAL INJURIES/CRITICAL TIME
Motorists injured in trucking accidents generally suffer worse injuries than their counterparts in auto accidents. If you are in a truck accident, contact the police at once and seek immediate medical attention for all injuries. In addition to receiving treatment for serious injuries it is important to document any minor pain—no matter how small—because some serious injuries are not immediately evident.
Because a trucking company is only required to keep most of its records for a very short period of time it is essential to contact a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. In the age of Google we are used to having extensively archived information at our finger tips, but it is a common (and legal) practice for truck companies to destroy documents that will be valuable pieces of evidence for your truck accident attorney.
DON’T LET THEM RUN OVER YOU
Trucking companies generally have more insurance, more money to spend, and retain well trained defense lawyers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Virginia truck accident, now is the time to act. We can help you: it’s what we’ve been doing since 1977.