Tupelo Truck Accidents
If you have sustained injuries in a truck wreck, bills may start piling up for medical costs and doctor visits. You may be forced to miss work due to your injuries as well, making it difficult to cover those costs as you accrue them. If another driver caused these damages, you may have grounds to recover compensation for your losses. The Tupelo truck accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz have obtained more than $1 billion in recovery through settlements, judgments, and jury verdicts, including for clients injured across Mississippi and the South.Steps to Take After Being Involved a Big Rig Accident
Most car crashes are the result of a driver’s negligent action or inaction. The driver may be speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, disobeying traffic laws, or simply not paying attention to the road, resulting in a collision with another vehicle. Mississippi has traffic laws in place, and truck drivers are expected to follow them. They must also follow rules set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Truckers who disregard them, either intentionally or accidentally, may be responsible for any ensuing damages.
If you are injured in an accident due to someone’s negligence, you need to act quickly. However, many injured parties do not know what to do following an accident.
If you are hurt, you should seek prompt medical treatment. If follow-up medical treatment is necessary or reasonable, then that treatment should also be prompt and consistent until the injured party is well and released from the doctor’s care. Part of succeeding on an injury claim is proving causation, which means demonstrating that the impact caused your injuries. Your treating physician may be called on to testify later in your case to satisfy this element.
It is ideal to begin preserving evidence as early on in the process as possible. This includes taking photographs of the accident scene and property damage to all vehicles involved. An experienced lawyer may retain an expert well versed in the trucking industry to prove the trucker violated a driving law or federal safety regulation. One such law gives specific limitations on the number of hours a driver can be on duty in a given period of time. Proof of a violation may be found in a trucker’s logbook. Our truck accident lawyers can help Tupelo victims investigate logbooks and other potential evidence of violations.
To document your damages, it is a good idea to keep track of all medical appointments, as well as any out-of-pocket expenses such as prescriptions, medical bills, ambulance bills, crutches, or other medical care devices. Wage loss is an element of damages under Mississippi law, provided your physician authorized you to miss work. The value of your case can depend on how well the extent or severity of your injuries is documented and whether you can show that your injuries affected your enjoyment of life.
Accident victims should be very cautious in their communication with the insurance company. Insurance companies are businesses, and claims handlers have every incentive to deny claims or to settle them for as little money as possible. Victims should not discuss the details of the accident with the adjuster, participate in a recorded statement, or sign documents, such as medical authorizations or releases, without seeking the advice of competent legal counsel first. If you are found to be partially responsible for the wreck, your damages may be reduced accordingly based on comparative fault. Mississippi is a pure comparative fault state, which means a victim’s negligence is not automatically a bar to recovery.Discuss Your Truck Accident with a Tupelo Attorney
If you have been injured in a truck crash, you need to act immediately. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has handled personal injury cases for more than 25 years, and our Tupelo truck accident lawyers can advise and assist you through each and every step of your case. We have more than 30 attorneys and over 100 staff members to help protect your rights. Call us toll-free at 1-800-529-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation with one of our motor vehicle collision lawyers today.