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After a truck accident, it’s important to stay calm. The steps you take immediately following an accident are critical not only for your own safety, but for establishing apersonal injury claim in North Carolina. If somebody has been injured, avoid moving that person unless they’re in imminent danger. Move to a safe place and call the police immediately. Even if you believe nobody has been hurt, contact an ambulance.
Yes. Some truck accident injuries – such as a back injury or a broken bone – may be immediately apparent after a crash. Other times, an injury may take days, weeks or even months to show symptoms. Unfortunately, some of these injuries are often the most serious. Truck accidents often result in traumatic head injuries or damage to internal organs. Even if you don’t think your injuries are serious, visit an emergency room or doctor as soon as possible after your accident.
Yes. Drivers are only permitted to drive a certain number of hours per day – and per week – before they must sleep. Obtaining this log book and establishing its information as factual and properly kept is vital to determining fault in an accident, especially if you believe the driver who hit you was fatigued or otherwise impaired at the time of the crash.
At the scene of the accident, be sure to obtain the following information from the truck driver: name, address and phone number; license plate number for both truck and trailer; insurance information; name and address of the trucking company who owns the vehicle and any names or identification on the truck cab and trailer.
Furthermore, accident victims should also obtain contact for witnesses, police officer badge numbers and how to obtain a copy of the responding officer’s police report. If possible, victims should also take photos of the accident scene, including both vehicles, proximity to traffic signals and any skid marks left by the truck.
Yes. After a truck accident, you may find that the truck driver, trucking company and their insurance adjusters work to downplay your accident, pressure you to accept a quick settlement or even deny your claim. By contacting an attorney as soon as possible after your accident, you can level the playing field. We’ll take care of the details. That way, you can focus on what matters most: getting your life back on track after a serious crash.
Yes. While most cases end in settlements, we prepare each case is if it will go to trial. After speaking with a lawyer, you may find you have grounds to file a truck accident lawsuit in North Carolina. At your discretion, after all legal strategies have been explored, your attorney will file paperwork in the appropriate court and prepare your case for trial. The decision is ultimately up to you. That’s why we’re here – to provide legal guidance and serve as your legal advisors as you pursue compensation for your injuries.
Your consultation with Hull & Chandler, P.A., is free. If you are represented by us, you won’t have to worry about any upfront costs. We work on a contingency fee basis. This means the fee you pay is “contingent” on the outcome. In other words, you only pay us a fee if you win. We won’t charge you by the hour. If you win, we win. It’s that simple. To learn more, call us at 704-375-8488 for a free consultation.