In the immediate aftermath of a truck accident, most Oklahoma residents are not thinking about a potential lawsuit. If injury has occurred, victims are most likely concerned with their medical treatment and damage to their vehicle. If the victim has suffered severe, life-changing injuries, it could be some time before they are able to think about the possibility of seeking compensation.
Many people automatically assume a lawyer can only help if an injury lawsuit is on the table. However, personal injury attorneys wear more than one hat when it comes to truck accidents. First, lawyers are there to help make you whole using whatever means the law provides. Sometimes, this means helping you with a personal injury lawsuit, but other times, it might simply mean helping you deal with insurance companies.
If you do decide that you want to pursue a lawsuit, an attorney may be vital to helping you prove that negligence was a factor in your truck accident. For example, say a tractor-trailer drifts over the centerline and strikes your car. You suffer serious injuries and need compensation to aid in your recovery. You conclude that the best way to accomplish your goal is by initiating a personal injury claim.
Do you know who you are going to sue? Is it the truck driver, the trucking company or both? What if the driver was a self-employed independent contractor? Will this have a negative impact on your case? By working with a lawyer, all of your questions will be addressed. You will also benefit greatly from a lawyer's experience handling truck accident claims. At the least, it is worth your time to consult with an attorney before you take any kind of action.
Source: FindLaw, "Truck Accident Overview," accessed April 11, 2017