Important First Steps After a Trucking Accident
In 2013, there were 7,087 trucking accidents in Wisconsin alone. These trucking accidents were often catastrophic and resulted in serious and life-threatening injuries, especially to the occupants of the passenger vehicle. They occurred on numerous highways and freeways across the state of Wisconsin, including I-39, I-41 and I-94.
Immediately after a trucking accident, injured victims are often hospitalized and left in serious condition. Over the next several months, accident victims rightly focus their attention on their health and their recovery. Their loved ones focus their attention on caring for the victim and supporting the family both financially and emotionally. Sadly, during this time while your attention is elsewhere, valuable evidence is often lost or destroyed. This evidence is often critical to the success of your personal injury case – and trucking companies are well aware of this.
As such, it is important to contact an experienced Wisconsin trucking accident attorney the moment you are able. Your attorney will need to investigate all aspects of your accident. Time is of the essence, as important evidence and information needs to be obtained as soon as possible and preserved for your case. One of the most valuable pieces of information after an accident is the truck’s black box.
Most commercial trucks carry an Electronic Control Module (ECM) within the engine. Commonly referred to as the truck’s “black box”, these units record valuable information about the operation of the truck, such as speed and time driven, over typically a 30-day time period. After this time period has passed, the module may start recording over previously recorded data, erasing it and making it unrecoverable. A personal injury attorney with experience in trucking related accidents will act quickly to preserve and protect the black box data and ensure that the data is interpreted accurately.
Trucking companies are often huge corporations with an on-staff legal team to handle accidents and settle claims as quickly as possible. This may not entirely cover what you need or deserve, following your accident. Never agree to any settlement without first getting legal advice. A personal injury lawyer may be able to help you recover:
- Compensation for pain and suffering (loss of enjoyment of life)
- Lost wage compensation – both past and future
- Past and future medical expenses
- Emotional distress
- Physical impairment
- Loss of consortium
Don’t Delay Time is Critical
There is a three-year statute of limitations in Wisconsin for personal injuries, so it is important to consult an attorney as quickly as possible after your accident. Your Wisconsin trucking accident lawyer will be able to gather evidence quickly after your accident to build a solid case on your behalf. Without this evidence, you may be unable to collect the amount of compensation you need to pay for your medical expenses, lost wages, future medical care, and more!
Contact Our Trucking Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been injured in a trucking accident, it is important to speak to an experienced Milwaukee trucking accident lawyer immediately. At Aiken & Scoptur, S.C., we work with credible expert professionals to investigate and document commercial truck and big rig accident cases.
Our Milwaukee trucking accident attorneys are dedicated to getting clients the full compensation they deserve. We take all personal injury cases on contingency, so you will not pay us a fee unless we help you obtain monetary damages. To discuss your case with an experienced trial lawyer, call us at 414-914-2803 or contact us today through our website. We represent clients throughout the state of Wisconsin, from offices in Wauwatosa and Wild Rose.