Trailer truck accidents can be devastating and result in serious injuries or even death. Trucking accidents often cause significant damages and losses for the accident victim and their family. In fact, just a few days ago Fox 25 Boston reported on a garbage truck that collided with a pickup truck in Everett, Massachusetts. Unfortunately, this accident resulted in the death of two individuals. Fox 25 Boston also reported a day earlier how a trailer truck collided with a passenger vehicle in Framingham, MA and pushed the smaller car down the road. This is proof of how often trucking accidents can occur in Massachusetts.
An Overview of Trucking Accident Cases
Commercial trucking accidents can cause serious damages and injuries. If you are injured after being struck by a trailer truck, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, damages and losses. But, before you can received financial compensation for a trucking accident in Massachusetts, you must prove the trailer truck driver or the trucking company was negligent and that their negligence was the cause of the accident and your injuries. If you are successful in establishing that the trailer truck driver or company was negligent then you can receive financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering that were incurred as a result of the truck accident.
Establishing negligence is not always an easy task. Commercial trucking companies often aggressively fight injury clam and lawsuits. They have plenty of funds to hire lawyers and use experts to defend them in personal injury lawsuits. This is why, if you are hurt in a trucking accident, you should take immediate action and follow a few important steps right away.
Important Steps to Follow After a Trucking Accident
If you or a loved one happen to be injured in a trucking accident, you should know what to do in order to protect yourself. Here are a few tips to help you if you are injured in a trucking accident in Massachusetts.
- Call 911 immediately. This will get police and an ambulance to the scene right away. The most important thing is to get anyone injured in the accident medical attention immediately. Also, when 911 is called the responding police or state troopers will examine and evaluate the accident scene and prepare a motor vehicle crash report. This report may be very helpful in the future, if the trucking company’s insurance carrier denies liability.
- Take pictures of the accident scene. Pictures of the accident scene, roadway and traffic signals or signs can be very useful in the future when fighting for the compensation you deserve. The damage to the trailer truck and smaller motor vehicle, skid marks on the roads and/or traffic signs can be extremely helpful in a personal injury case. They also are very useful to an expert, who may be needed in order to reconstruct how the accident happened to help prove that the truck driver was negligent.
- Consult with an experienced trucking accident lawyer. Trucking accident cases can often present complex legal issues. Only an experienced personal injury attorney will know the right steps to take to protect your rights and conduct an immediate investigation into the accident. The investigation should commence right away to make sure important relevant evidence doesn’t get lost or destroyed. Look for a law firm that has a proven track record in trucking accident cases.
While there are many other things that should be done right away, the above tips will help anyone injured in a trucking accident begin to protect themselves and their families. Trucking accidents can cause traumatic and devastating injuries. Sometimes these injuries can be permanent. This is why immediate and methodical action must be taken to ensure you can get the compensation you deserve.
Speak With an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer Today
Because commercial trucking litigation can be complex and sophisticated you should have experienced accident lawyers on your side. Mahaney & Pappas, LLP is dedicated to representing accident victims, including those injured in trucking accidents, to recover the maximum financial compensation for their injuries, damages and losses.If you or someone you know has been injured in a truck accident, please contact us online or call (508) 879-3500 for a complimentary meeting to discuss your claim.