In an 18-wheeler accident, it is very important that the family and the person who is injured, call a lawyer whose got a team of experts immediately. There is a lot of evidence that can get lost if they don't act quickly. In fact, the federal regulations allow the trucking company to destroy evidence after a certain period of time.
So there is debris on the road, there are skid marks, there are burn marks, there are shards of glass and a lot of that stuff goes away if you wait too long. And some of it goes away very quickly. In addition you have witnesses, you have the tow truck driver, the police officer, bystanders, people in other vehicles. Those people need to be contacted and their testimony needs to be preserved. I have seen cases where the witnesses just got lost and you couldn't find them any more. Or they forget what happened. Or even worse the insurance company for the other side gets to them and gets them somehow to sign a statement that doesn't reflect what happened. And so it is important to have someone on that very early.
In addition you have to evaluate the rig itself. There are things you have to check on, to make sure the brakes were properly set, the tires weren't overly worn, to make sure the vehicle should have been in service in the first place. And you want to get that vehicle as close to the accident as possible so that they can't argue that something else has created the defect that you are relying on.
For all of those reasons, it is imperative that you call immediately so that my team of experts can get out there. Because rest assured, the insurance company is going to have their team out there as soon as the accident happens. If we don't get out there soon too we are going to be playing catch up.
So if you have one of these cases, give us a call or fill out the form on the website because we know what to do to help you.