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After a truck accident, take action quickly

In Ohio, you have up to two years to file a lawsuit after a vehicle accident. As an accident victim, you may prefer to focus on your recovery before taking legal action. But there are many reasons why you should seek legal advice and representation as quickly as possible.

Reason # 1 - The trucking company and its insurer will be on the scene.

Some trucking companies instruct their drivers to call them first after an accident, even before they call the police. As a result, trucking companies often have accident investigators on the scene within minutes of an accident. Their purpose is to obtain information they can use to defeat the accident victim's claim or minimize the extent of their liability.

Reason # 2 - Critical evidence can disappear quickly.

Once the evidence has been lost, it can be practically impossible to reconstruct what really happened. Police and accident cleanup crews place a priority on removing vehicles, road debris and other obstructions to traffic flow. Rain or snow can also wash away skid marks and other evidence. Some accident investigators working for insurance companies have even been known to remove logbooks and other incriminating evidence from truck cabs.

But skid marks and the debris trail can provide important clues as to what exactly happened and the sequence of events. The trucking company's insurer will have an investigator on the scene. You need one there too.

Reason # 3 - Witnesses' memories can fade.

It's important to learn as much about an accident as possible. But as time passes, recollections of an accident can become less certain. They may also be subconsciously influenced by lines of questioning made by insurance company accident investigators.

Reason # 4 - The truth is not always contained in the police report.

The police will write an official report that provides some details concerning the location and time of the accident, and a general narrative of the event. But that information may not necessarily tell the entire story. That can only be obtained by a thorough investigation by an accident reconstruction professional who is working for you - not the government or the trucking company's insurer.

Reason # 5 - There may be more than one party at fault.

Many trucking accidents can be attributed to negligence by a single party. But in some truck accident cases, there may be two or more at-fault parties. The actions of the trucking company, the truck driver, truck maintenance providers, truck component manufacturers, and highway design and engineering professionals could have contributed to the conditions that led to the accident. These possibilities must be considered, and if necessary, investigated.

Reason # 6 - It takes time to properly prepare and pursue a claim.

Every day that passes after an accident can cost you more in terms of medical costs, lost wages, and other economic and noneconomic losses. All the while, you suffer physically, financially and emotionally. The sooner you have capable legal counsel working for you, the sooner you can get the compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one has been harmed in a truck accident, speak to an experienced personal injury attorney.

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