Two things that you should do in the days following a truck accident are:
- Call the team for a truck accident lawyer.
- Seek medical attention.
A lawyer can work on various aspects of your case while you receive the medical attention that you need. Medical care is important both because it could help prevent you from suffering further injury and because documenting your injuries is important to the legal process.
A Lawyer Can Help You with Every Step of Your Case
Contacting the team for a truck accident lawyer may produce several benefits. Rather than having to figure out the legal or insurance process on your own, a lawyer and their team can direct you and help you move either process forward.
Nevada law limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit for accident-related injuries, in the event that a lawsuit is necessary for your case. You have two years to begin the process of filing suit, according to NRS §11.190(4)(e). Your lawyer will ensure that you file on time and that you maintain your right to pursue compensation from those who caused your injuries.
Other services your lawyer may provide include the following:
Your Lawyer Will Document Your Accident
In addition to helping you arrange medical care, your lawyer will gather evidence of your collision in the days and weeks following your truck accident. They may work with an accident reconstructionist to better understand what happened in your collision if doing so is relevant to your case. They will also collect any other forms of documentation available to them to show that the other driver was liable for your accident and injuries.
Your lawyer may collect:
- Copies of the truck driver’s accident register, which the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) explains is required when truck accidents cause injury or death
- Any video that shows your accident happening or shows the at-fault driver engaging in reckless behavior
- Photographs of the accident scene, as well as the damage caused to your vehicle
- Witness accounts of your accident
- The police report documenting your collision
In addition to documenting the accident itself, your lawyer will document the harm that your accident has caused.
Your Lawyer Will Review and Record Your Losses
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) explains that truck accidents with injuries can cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses on average. Fatal truck accidents can cost millions of dollars in losses.
Though these average figures indicate how expensive your losses may be, your lawyer will need to review your losses to determine precisely how much your accident cost you. Some of the losses that your lawyer may record are:
- The cost of emergency transportation from your accident scene
- The cost of emergency medical care
- The cost of any tests, surgeries, or other medical procedures required because of your accident
- Past and future pain and suffering
- The income you do not earn because of your injuries
- Damage to your vehicle
- Any losses from your loved one’s wrongful death
When you call a lawyer’s office, you can learn more about what you should do in the days following your truck accident. Through a lawsuit or insurance claim, your lawyer will make the case that one or more parties owe you compensation for the losses that you have suffered.
A Truck Driver or Their Employer May Owe You Compensation
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) explains that 94% of accidents are caused by driver error. While other factors may have contributed to your accident, it is likely that a driver’s negligence was the reason for your accident.
Your lawyer will review the actions of the truck driver involved in your accident. They may find that the driver did one or more things to cause the collision and determine that they are responsible for your losses as a consequence.
A driver may be clearly negligent in causing an accident if:
- They were speeding when your accident happened
- They failed to stop for a traffic light or stop sign
- They were intoxicated
- They made a dangerous maneuver, such as an illegal turn or lane change
- They failed to ensure that their vehicle was safe
The employer of the truck driver may also be liable for the losses that the driver causes. Your lawyer will identify every party who has legal responsibility for your losses and will seek compensation from them.
Call an Attorney at Bernstein & Poisson Today
Fighting for justice after a truck accident is not a responsibility you have to handle on your own. Call a team member from Bernstein & Poisson today at (702) 633-3333 to find out how a Las Vegas lawyer may represent you with no out-of-pocket costs.