Maine Truck Accident Lawyer
At Terry Garmey & Associates, our Maine truck accident lawyers are prepared to help you. If you are involved in a truck accident, you need to work with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.
How Truck Accident Claims are Different than Car Accident Claims
Unlike in a car accident, the driver of the truck is likely working for a company and driving a company truck. As such, there may be involvement in your truck accident claim by the driver’s employer and/or the owner of the truck as well as the company that shipped and/or loaded the truck’s cargo. Determining liability may further complicate your accident claim and case. When you work with an experienced truck accident lawyer, they will be able to gather details and investigate the necessary avenues.
Injuries and damages resulting from a truck accident can be significantly more serious than car accidents. Trucks are larger and heavier vehicles than cars and have both state and federal safety regulations that need to be followed, such as overall weight limits, lanes and roads they are permitted to travel on and hours of travel for drivers. This makes truck accident claims more complicated and can be more difficult to navigate. An experienced truck accident lawyer will understand the important regulations and be able to work through your truck accident claim.
What to Do If You Have Been in a Truck Accident
If you have been in a truck accident, like any other accident, it is crucial that you take the necessary steps to gather information and act accordingly. Your first priority should be to move yourself to safety and then call the police. The police will be able to assess the scene and create an accident report which can be very important to your claim.
- Document the accident scene and your injuries
If you are able, you will need to gather the information for the other driver or drivers involved in the accident, such as vehicle registration and insurance information. Police and insurance agents often take photographs of vehicles involved in accidents, but you should not rely on them. If possible, and only if it is safe to do so, take photos of all vehicles involved plus the surrounding accident scene. Get the names and contact information of any witnesses. This information can be crucial if we need to reconstruct an accident scene for a jury. If your injuries are visible, have a loved one or friend take photos of them as soon as possible after the accident and as you recover. When it comes to receiving compensation, the more evidence you collect, the better your chances will be.
- Seek medical attention right away
If you are injured, getting better is your number one priority. Even if you think your injuries are minor, you should consult with a doctor as soon as possible after any serious vehicle accident. Continue to keep an eye on your health as some symptoms of injuries, such as headaches, dizziness or pain, do not appear for hours and even days following a crash. Keep a journal of your symptoms and discuss them and any other concerns with your doctor. If you wait to see a doctor, it can be harder to prove that your injuries were caused by the accident.
- Call Terry Garmey & Associates
Make sure your rights are protected. Our experienced accident lawyers will walk you through the process step by step. They will evaluate whether you have a claim and they will work with you to determine the course of action that makes sense for you. With so many people asking you questions about the accident, and possibly asking you to sign documents that you don’t understand, you need an ally in your corner.
Why it is Important to Hire an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer
When you are involved in a truck accident, there can be more parties involved than just the truck driver. It can get confusing very quickly. Let our Maine truck accident lawyers advocate for you. We have experience guiding truck accident victims through their claim to ensure their rights are protected.
What happens during My Initial Consultation?
When we meet with you about your truck accident claim, we understand that you are going through a difficult time. During your initial meeting, we will discuss the facts regarding your truck accident and your injuries. We work on a contingent fee basis, which means that we will not charge you for an initial consultation and you will not pay us anything along the way unless and until we recover for you. We will work with you to understand your situation and determine the proper next steps. Finally, we will create a sensible plan to move forward toward and achieve your best result.
How Long Can I Expect My Case to Take?
Every case, like every client, is unique. Maine has a six (6) year statute of limitations to bring a personal injury claim. Your case will likely take several months to several years, depending on the nature of your injuries and your recovery from those injuries. This can be difficult for anyone to handle, especially when coping with an injury. When you work with our Maine truck accident lawyers, we are dedicated to making this process easier for you. We will work with you to try to expedite the process whenever we can, but our number one priority is maximizing your recovery. If your case cannot be settled, we will discuss your options going forward, such as filing a lawsuit in a Maine court.
How Our Truck Accident Lawyers at Terry Garmey & Associates Can Help
When you have been injured in a truck accident due to someone else’s fault, you should seriously consider whether you need a lawyer to protect your rights. At Terry Garmey & Associates, our Maine truck accident lawyers have handled thousands of accident claims throughout Maine and we will fight for you throughout the lifespan of your accident claim or case. We do not charge our clients unless we win your case. Please contact us to schedule your free consultation today.
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