Accidents caused by 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles can cause serious bodily injury. When people think of injuries caused by low speed collisions, they usually think of neck and back injuries or “soft tissue” injuries. However, accidents caused by 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles (whether at a high or low rate of speed), can lead to serious shoulder injuries like torn rotator cuffs, knee injuries like meniscus tears, not to mention broken bones, and even death.
If you were in an accident with an 18-wheeler or other commercial vehicles, the next steps you take are incredibly crucial. For instance, many people just don’t know what to do after they’ve been injured in a car accident. Some people are rushed to the hospital without gathering any driver information, company name, or insurance information. If you were involved in a collision with an 18-wheeler/commercial vehicle, you should immediately contact your local Austin personal injury attorney who regularly deals in 18-wheeler accidents. A trucking accident is not a typical car accident and you should seek an attorney who has had a successful record with these type of claims.
One of the steps a personal injury attorney takes, that has experience at handling 18-wheeler/commercial vehicle cases, is conducting a thorough investigation on the matter. In order to do a thorough investigation as much evidence of the collision must be gathered. One of the ways personal injury attorneys preserve evidence is by sending a spoliation letter to the owner and the insurance company (that insures) the 18-wheeler/commercial vehicle.
A spoliation letter is a warning to the owners of the vehicles to preserve evidence. If they fail to do so they are susceptible to serious legal consequences. If a spoliation letter isn’t sent in time, there are too many occasions when the owners of the vehicles will repair their 18-wheeler/commercial vehicle and destroy evidence in the process.
Hopefully, you and your family haven’t suffered any type of accidents. However, if you did or you know someone that suffered from a collision caused by 18-wheelers or other commercial vehicles, our local Austin personal injury lawyers at Funk & Associates can help.