If a truck driver is negligent and causes an accident, they can get fired. In certain instances, a driver may keep their job, even after a truck accident. Regardless of what happens to the driver responsible for your truck accident, you should file a personal injury lawsuit against this individual and their employer.
At BDIW Law, we offer legal help to truck accident victims in Oklahoma. To learn more, please reach out to us. We can connect you with an experienced Oklahoma truck accident attorney today.
How You Respond to a Truck Accident Is Key
Large trucks make up 5% of all registered vehicles in the United States, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). You cannot stop a truck accident from happening. However, if a truck driver causes an accident, you can control your response — and you need to respond to the accident accordingly.
If you are involved in a truck accident that occurs through no fault of your own, you should:
- Call 911. Report the accident, and emergency responders will arrive on the scene to check on you and anyone else involved in it.
- Gather contact information. Get the full name, phone number, and other contact information of the driver involved in your accident and any witnesses.
- Collect evidence. Snap photos of the accident scene, your injuries, and any damages you suffer on your smartphone or with a camera.
- Go to a doctor. Let medical personnel bring you to an emergency room or visit a doctor in the days after your accident so you can treat any injuries.
Along with these things, it pays to connect with a truck accident attorney from BDIW Law following your truck accident. Our attorney can answer your legal questions and help you file a personal injury claim. To get started, please contact us today.
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You Can Be Presented with a Settlement Offer Just Days After Your Truck Accident
In the days following your truck accident, you may receive a call from the driver or their employer. At this point, you may get a settlement offer. You have the option to accept this offer and receive compensatory damages for any harm you incurred in your accident.
Beware any settlement proposal you get in the immediate aftermath of your truck accident. Otherwise, you may wind up accepting a settlement that is well short of what you can get if you bring your case to trial. If you are unsure about what to do with a settlement offer, consult with a truck accident lawyer.
A truck accident attorney will not rush you as you evaluate a settlement offer. If you are unhappy with a settlement proposal, your attorney can decline it on your behalf. Meanwhile, you and your lawyer can keep working together to make your case as strong as possible.
You Can Empathize with the Truck Driver Responsible for Your Accident — to a Point
When you seek damages in a truck accident lawsuit, it can be challenging not to consider the driver’s point of view. You may be worried that the driver will lose their job or suffer other consequences due to your accident. Yet, you need to keep in mind that every motorist is responsible for their actions, and you must do everything you can to protect your best interests.
A truck accident lawyer takes your personal injury case seriously. They are concerned about your well-being and as such, will encourage you to request the most damages you can get. From here, they will help you build a compelling argument.
In the best-case scenario, the truck driver responsible for your accident will learn from the incident and avoid making the same mistake. You can also secure a fair amount of compensation to cover the costs of your injuries and any other damages you have incurred. Finally, you can move past the accident.
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Do Not Hesitate to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit Against a Negligent Truck Driver
With a truck accident, there is a limited amount of time in which you can request compensation from a negligent driver, their employer, and any other at-fault parties. In Oklahoma, there is a two-year statute of limitations for truck accidents. This means you have a maximum of two years from the date of your truck accident to pursue damages — and you lose the right to ask for compensation once this window closes.
By meeting with a truck accident lawyer, you can make sure that your personal injury claim is filed in alignment with the statute of limitations. Your attorney takes no shortcuts as they prepare your case. They will help you request an appropriate amount of damages and put you in the best position to get them.
If the defendant in your case is worried about the case you have against them, they may propose a settlement. You and your attorney can evaluate any settlement offer you receive. If you are satisfied with a settlement, you can accept it and close your case.
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Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer that Has Truck Accident Case Experience
You can select a personal injury lawyer that knows the ins and outs of truck accident claims, and doing so can make a world of difference. This attorney understands the challenges that can come up in a truck accident case. They can address these challenges before they hamper your ability to get the damages you deserve.
In addition to choosing an attorney with truck accident case experience, it helps to meet with a lawyer to share your legal concerns and questions. This meeting presents a learning opportunity for both you and the attorney. You can get a good idea about whether a lawyer can fulfill your legal requests, and the attorney can determine if they have what it takes to help you secure compensation.
When in doubt about whether to hire a lawyer, check out the attorney’s client testimonials, too. Reading a lawyer’s client testimonials can help you understand what it is like to work with an attorney. If you feel confident about a lawyer after you see what past clients have said about them, you may want to hire this attorney.
BDIW Law Can Help You with Your Truck Accident Case
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