Statistics show that there are about 5.6 million semi trucks registered in the United States today. If you travel down America's roadways on a daily basis, you are likely sharing the road with these large vehicles. And accidents involving both semis and passenger vehicles can occur, causing serious damage. If you have been involved in an accident with a semi truck, it's important that you contact an attorney as quickly as possible.
Here are two reasons why hiring a truck accident attorney as soon as you can will be beneficial in resolving your accident in court.
1. An attorney can document and preserve physical evidence.
In order to receive insurance money for involvement in an accident, fault must be established. When determining which driver was responsible for causing the accident, an insurance company will rely on physical evidence like skid marks, yaw marks, and scuffs. This physical evidence can begin to fade quickly, making it difficult to prove fault.
By hiring an attorney to represent your interests, you will have a professional available to document any physical evidence from the scene of your accident. The attorney can preserve this evidence and use it to help you get the financial compensation you are entitled to if your accident goes to court.
2. An attorney understands the regulations that apply to truck drivers.
In addition to helping you work with insurance companies, an attorney can inform you of your rights when it comes to working within the regulations that apply to truck drivers.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) will likely conduct its own investigation into your accident to determine whether the driver of the semi violated the regulations put into place to protect motorists. Some of these regulations include limiting the number of hours a trucker can drive within a 24 hour period and the release of documentation required to investigate the accident in a timely manner.
Hiring an attorney will allow you to determine if any FMCSR regulations were violated and how these violations could affect the resolution of any legal actions pertaining to your accident that are pending.
Being involved in an accident with a semi truck can be frightening. The last thing you want to think about after an accident is working with insurance companies, trucking companies, or federal entities. By hiring an attorney to represent your interests, you can more readily preserve physical evidence and navigate the regulations that could affect the outcome of any legal actions taken as a result of your accident.