Semitruck crashes are horrible for everyone involved. You might be haunted thinking about what you could have done differently that might have prevented the accident. In many cases, there is nothing that you could have done to stop the impact if the semitruck was careening toward you.
As the victim of negligence, you have the right to claim compensation for your financial losses, pain and suffering, and other economic and noneconomic losses. These are three things to consider after a semitruck accident case:
#1: You need medical care for your injuries
Even without a trailer attached, a semitruck cab is much heavier and larger than a normal passenger vehicle. With the trailer attached, this is even more true. You must make seeking medical care a priority after the accident. Everyone in your vehicle should have a medical evaluation. Some injuries, such as brain injuries, might not be evident right away. Getting medical care immediately shows the connection between your injuries and the crash when you file your claim for compensation. Make sure you follow the instructions of your doctor, show up for all medical appointments, and don't discontinue medical treatment until he or she says you can.
#2: The cause of the crash must be determined
The cause of the semitruck crash is a crucial consideration in your case. Showing that the trucker, the trucking company or another party was reckless or negligent is necessary. Depending on the cause of the accident, there might also be other parties who are liable for your injuries. It is important to identify all parties who were responsible for the accident.
When trucker fatigue is the cause of the accident, you may hold the trucker and the trucker company liable. This is the case when trucking company policies contributed to the fatigue. Other parties that might share liability include mechanics and component manufacturers.
#3: Settlements are possible
While some semitruck crash cases go to trial, most are resolved through negotiations between the plaintiff's attorneys and those for the defendants. Working out a settlement for your case is usually a faster resolution than a trial. You have some control over what happens as you work through the terms with the representatives from the other side.
Be sure to consider all the points included in the settlement carefully so that you are certain that you can live with them. One clause that's usually included specifically states the defendants don't admit any fault. This might be a deal breaker if you are seeking compensation solely to prove a point and hold them accountable. Also, be sure that you are seeking an appropriate amount of compensation. Most settlements forbid you from trying to seek more compensation later, even if your medical bills are more than you anticipated.