Accidents are stressful enough. One of the most stressful types of accidents typically involves company-issued trucks, trailers, or semi-trucks. Such accidents are often devastating, as trucks weigh more and have more force behind them. Often, such trucks are owned by large corporations with entire legal teams at their disposal. You, on the other hand, may be alone in handling the legal repercussions. Not anymore. You have options!
Don’t Sign Anything
At the scene of the accident, do not sign any documents that are not issued by the police department. Trucking corporations often send defense attorneys and insurance claims adjusters to urge you to sign a release form, waving your legal rights away. Do not sign any forms. Do not get involved in negotiations. Anything you say may be held against you in a court of law. That’s not just a saying on TV shows!
If you have a cell phone or camera, put it to work. Take pictures of the accident, as well as the truck involved. You can take pictures of all damages, the driver’s door where the company name may be present, the license plate, skid marks, debris on the road, and so on.
You may later use these pictures as evidence if the business or other party decides to file a lawsuit.
If you were in an accident with a company-owned truck, the business may have a representative call you directly in an attempt to get you to sign another release form. They may ask for a recorded statement regarding the incident. Say no. Do not agree to anything over the phone, and then contact your lawyer promptly for assistance.