Truck drivers are often expected to face very tight deadlines and a lot of pressure to fulfill their deliveries on time. Trucking companies often compel their drivers to drive when they are not physically or mentally capable of doing so just so they can meet the deadlines, and this results in fatigued drivers navigating exceptionally large and heavy vehicles at high speeds on a busy highway.
It is easy to see how the chances of getting into an accident are greatly increased in such conditions, and this is why both truck drivers and trucking companies are expected to follow so many laws and regulations regarding hiring their truck drivers, maintaining their vehicles, and even rules regarding how many hours truck drivers are allowed to be on the road at a time.
If you were hit by a truck driver in Mississippi, high chances are you can get compensated for the damage you suffered by filing a legal claim. Since the injuries and property damage you faced are probably very severe, you have more rights to claim for damages. There are so many laws that truck drivers are required to follow and if an investigation uncovers that they failed to follow even one or two of these it can be very easy to hold them and the trucking company responsible for negligence.
At Heilman Law Group PA, we help you prove the negligence of the truck driver, so you are not unfairly left to pay for the damages yourself.
Steps to take after a truck accident in Jackson, Mississippi
The first steps that should be taken after a truck accident is to ensure the safety of everyone involved. If the crash site is too dangerous to stay in, you should leave your vehicle and stand nearby until the authorities arrive.
If your vehicle is still in good shape, you should pull over to the side so as not to obstruct traffic as best as possible. All drivers and passengers should be checked and anyone who feels as if they might be injured or who has a clear injury should be treated immediately. An ambulance should be called along with police officers to ensure the safety of everyone on the road.
After everyone is safe, you should call a truck accident attorney almost immediately as they can advise you on what you should say and what your legal rights are straight from the beginning. If you fail to say the right things or if you fail to preserve time-sensitive evidence on the spot, it may unnecessarily delay you getting compensated and you may even end up with a lot less compensation then what you actually deserve.
Call a truck accident attorney at Heilman Law Group PA, today to get in touch with a lawyer who can help you collect your evidence and make a legal claim against the truck driver for their negligence.
Reach us at:
4266 I-55 North
Jackson, Mississippi 39211