I have been in a dump truck accident, and I do not know who to call or what to do next, who has what insurance, and what company hired them? What am I suppose to do now?
These are questions that we hear frequently. Call us directly after receiving medical care because we have over 80 years of combined experience representing truck accident victims across the nation; we are the preeminent law firm that other attorneys turn to for help.
Serving Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas, New York, and the nation, we are the attorneys you need to defend you in your dump truck accident.
Dump truck crashes aren’t like other types of vehicle accidents. The vehicles carry heavy, loose loads and have a unique design. Suppose you’ve been hurt by a dump truck. In that case, you need a lawyer with experience and understanding of the trucking industry. one must have the tenacity to explore every option when pursuing justice on your behalf. The attorney should listen to your story and then answer your questions about how they handle dump truck cases and what they recommend in your specific case.
Many factors contribute to dump truck accidents, usually caused by a combination of a truck’s unique characteristics and performance capabilities—things such as limits associated with acceleration, braking, and visibility. Problems arise when the car’s driver is ignorant due to the characteristics.
Some other causes of dump truck accidents include:
- Overloaded or oversized trucks
- Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Running off the road
- Failure to have the underride protection programmed
- Failure to comply with FMCSA Regulations
- Failure to yield to the right of way
- Dangerous or reckless driver with a record
- Poorly maintained braked on the trucks
- Lack of mandatory training
I’ve been in a dump truck accident, what should I do?
1.Call first responders (911)
After your accident, immediately call 911. If you are unhurt and safe, do your best to make sure you and everyone involved in the accident is out of harm’s way and wait for the police to arrive. When the police receive your call, they will file a full report, documenting the information and the officer’s opinion about what caused the accident. This report is vital as a piece of evidence if you decide to file a claim.
2. Seek medical attention
Even if you don’t need emergency treatment and don’t feel like you’re hurt, you should still go to the doctor after a crash. Like back injuries or brain injuries, some injuries don’t present symptoms right away but become more severe over time. Tell your doctor about the crash, ask them to give you a complete examination, and make sure to mention any pain or new sensations you’re feeling.
3. Preserve the evidence
After the crash, take as many pictures of your car, the crash scene, and any injuries. Even a simple cell phone picture is enough to help your attorney better understand what happened. Later, write down everything you can remember about the crash. The facts of what happened may seem clear now, but you’ll forget details over time, so it’s best to record them before your memory fades. While it helps to preserve any evidence you can, it’s also normal to feel unsure about what you should look for after a crash and what can make for evidence. That’s why trying to gather and preserve evidence yourself is no substitute for an investigation from an experienced truck accident lawyer. The best approach is to just document as much as possible and let your attorney go through everything.
4.Get a police report
Most likely, you will have to follow up with the police department that responded to the crash to get a copy of the police report. If you haven’t done this yet or aren’t sure how your attorney can help you.
5. Contact The Truck Accident Law Firm
Your initial consultation is absolutely free of charge and completely confidential. Call 888-511-TRUCK (8782) to schedule your free consultation.
6. When you talk to your insurance company.
After a truck crash, you’ll likely hear from a representative of the truck’s insurance company. These conversations usually lead to lowball settlement offers for crash victims. If the insurance adjuster pressures you to accept a settlement or sign anything, don’t do it without consulting an attorney first. Once you have an attorney, tell the insurance company that you retained an attorney and that they should contact your attorney for any questions or information. Let us help you with your insurance claims and get you the money you deserve.
3 Tips for Driving Safely Around Large Dump Trucks Stay out the “No-Zone”
Large trucks and buses have huge blind spots, also known as “No-Zones”- around the vehicle’s front, back, and sides. A standard tip of advice is that if you cannot see the driver, they cannot see you. Try to avoid driving in their blind spots- slow down or move ahead to stay visible, and be particularly careful when merging near a truck or bus because you are most likely in their blind spot.
Anticipate wide turns
Buses and trucks require extra turning room – they swing wide or even initiate a turn from a middle (rather than far-right) lane. If a truck or bus has its turn signal on, never try to squeeze by it or get between the vehicle and the curb. When you stop at an intersection, never “block the box” or stop in front of the line, as buses and trucks require that space to complete turns safely.
Wearing your seat belt is one of the most important things that you and your passengers can do anything to save your lives. A seatbelt may keep you in your seat and help you maintain control of your vehicle. The safest place for kids is in the backseat, buckled up, or in a car seat. Be safe and always buckle up!
When you contact The Truck Accident Law Firm at 888-511-TRUCK, we will:
- listen and discuss the circumstances that surround your potential case
- Send a team of investigators to the accident scene
- Obtain police reports
- Obtain the driver’s record
- Determine who is/are liable
- Talk to the insurance company
- Advise you on what to do
- Help you fill out any required reports
If you or somebody you love has been injured or killed in a dump truck accident, you will need somebody with skill, experience, and commitment by your side to fight this battle with you. With a combined 80 years of experience, we are incredibly passionate about victim rights. We believe everyone deserves compensation for having it because these types of accidents ruin lives and affect your and other’s lives for many years. We are here to help you get through the most challenging part of these accidents, the aftermath. Our office locations are :
Georgia: 3550 Lenox Rd NE Suite 1500, Atlanta, Ga 30326
Ohio: 3450 Central Ave #328, Toledo, Oh 43606
Please don’t delay in contacting us. Time is of the essence in a personal injury case. The sooner you contact our firm, the more significant advantage we will have in gathering evidence, investigating your claim, and advocating on your behalf.
You can also contact us by providing your information on our website, and we will call you conveniently you.