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Should I call an attorney to the scene of a large truck accident?

If you experience a car accident involving a large commercial truck, do you know how to respond while you are at the scene where the accident took place? Of course, you should always make it a priority to seek out medical care for any injuries that you or your passengers suffer, and you should certainly remain mindful of the legal impact of anything you say to the other driver, such as something he or she may believe is an admission of guilt or liability. Also, you may want to call an attorney out to the scene of the accident.

Why might you want to call an attorney to the scene of a commercial truck accident? Such accidents often lead to complicated legal battles, and the better evidence that you can gather at the scene of the accident, the better you may fare when it comes time to file your claim or negotiate terms of a settlement.

An attorney with experience pursuing claims involving large commercial trucks is especially useful in the aftermath of such an accident. He or she has a much clearer picture of what types of evidence to look for, and how to protect the rights of the victims. An attorney can also help you obtain records from the driver of the truck that he or she may not wish to give you in the moment. The extra layer of professionalism offered by an attorney helps ensure that you do not miss out on key evidence that may greatly impact the success of your claim.

If you recently suffered an accident involving a large truck, you should consider consulting with an attorney, whether you are still at the scene of the accident or not. The earlier that you involve the attorney in the claim process, the better, but it is still generally preferable to consult with an attorney at any point in the claim process rather than pursue the claim entirely without representation.

Source: Findlaw, "Commercial Vehicle Accidents: Race to the Scene," accessed Oct. 20, 2017

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