We have talked about why big rigs are so dangerous before, and with good reason. Truck crashes are terrifying. When accidents happen involving tractor-trailers or semi trucks, the injuries can be severe – or even worse, fatal. Proving fault can require meticulous and thorough documentation; truck companies deal with accidents all the time, and consequentially retain the best legal help they can to minimize fault in any accident.
Semi accidents can have serious consequences simply because they are semis. The sheer size and mass of a truck means that passenger vehicles have a small chance of surviving a collision. Medical care for injuries sustained can be prolonged and expensive. Information is your ally; knowing what to do after truck crashes can make or break your case.
Document, document, document
Keep everything related to the accident from the moment it happens. Some of the most helpful information you can document includes:
- The names and contact information of witnesses
- The truck driver’s name, company, and insurance information
- Pictures of yourself, your car, the truck and the surrounding scene
- Official first responders’ reports
- Official police reports
- Medical transcripts and doctor’s notes, especially if your injury did not present with symptoms until a day or two after the crash
This information can be difficult to track down if you sustained serious injuries during the accident for various reasons. One of our skilled South Carolina truck accident attorneys can help you pull it all together. We make sure that all of this documentation makes it into one place, and use it to build an effective case against the truck driver, his or her company or the manufacturer to help you get the compensation you need.
Trucking companies and their insurance carriers typically begin investigations within hours of the crash to protect their interests. They look for any evidence that might minimize the fault of the driver or the company. That’s why you need to level the playing field by contacting an attorney as soon as possible. At McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, we are committed to getting justice for our clients who have been injured or lost loved ones in South Carolina truck crashes. Please contact us to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated South Carolina truck accident attorney.