Sometimes it seems as if everything could go wrong … he will. You find yourself broken on the side of the road and in need of a towing service. Fortunately you have your dungeon and can call a tow truck that will arrive soon. Once your vehicle is loaded and entered the truck cabin, you leave for the service station.
Then, as if your day wasn’t bad enough, the truck driver makes a bad decision behind the wheel and it results in an accident. You were injured, your car was damaged, the other vehicle in question crashed and its driver injured as well. Although you sit in pain and wait for the emergency services to arrive, you can’t help but wonder who will be responsible for this accident.
Under laws in many states, the person or entity that caused the accident is responsible for the accident. In the above case, the owner of the truck will be responsible for the actions of its drivers. As a passenger in a truck while servicing you, they are responsible for your safety and the safety of your personal property (the vehicle).
There are many cases of joint liability, which means that if both drivers are at fault, the percentage of fault will be determined. Then, the most responsible party pays compensation based on that percentage. However, in the above case, the passenger in a commercial vehicle will not be affected by this rule.
What do you do in a similar event
Unfortunately, this type of scenario is not uncommon. Knowing what to do will allow you to make appropriate decisions and protect your rights to file a compensation claim. Must be:
• Seek medical attention: Make sure you get medical care at the time of the accident. You want to make sure any pain or discomfort is noted and examined. What may seem like a little gripe, may actually be the start of something more serious. Several concussions were found too late, due to headaches being ignored at the scene.
• Contact a lawyer: Once you are released from medical care, you will need to contact an attorney who deals with personal injury cases involving commercial vehicle accidents. It is very important to contact a lawyer right away to make sure all of your rights are protected.
• Refrain from early statements: The insurance company will push you to release them from liability by submitting a small settlement before reviewing the damage and injuries you suffered. This is not fair to you, as a victim, and only benefits their ultimate profits. Talk to an attorney before providing any written or oral statements to the insurance company.
A bad day doesn’t have to turn into a chaotic event. Be sure to contact a lawyer and let him manage the legal aspects of the case. This will give you the ability to focus on what really matters after this type of situation: your physical recovery.