It should come as no surprise to anyone that companies can sometimes be dishonest. If you’re involved in a wreck involving a semi-truck, you might find yourself in a situation where you’re being deceived in a way that’s designed to keep you from exercising your full legal rights and going after the company in court. Here are some things that you definitely have to watch out for. If the trucking company that caused the wreck you were involved with tries them, be sure to contact an 18-wheeler accident attorney right away.
Not Keeping Evidence
In the worst case scenarios, trucking companies will go to great lengths—even ones that cross over into being illegal—to protect themselves from being sued. This may include taking actions such as destroying the logs for the driver involved in the accident or forging new logs. This is harder to do now that there’s technology that keeps track of trucks, where they’re going and when they’re moving, but it’s still something that a company might try to do to ruin your claim.
Having an attorney who understands just how far a trucking company will go to reduce the chances that they’ll lose a lawsuit is imperative if you want to maximize your chances of winning. An attorney who has experience dealing with these claims will notice when something seems off about the evidence they’re given or about anything else, for that matter, and that can make all the difference in whether you walk away with a jury award or with no compensation for the accident you were involved in.
Taking a Statement
In the legal world, there’s nothing quite as innocuous sounding or as potentially detrimental to your winning a claim than making a statement. There’s a reason that people who are accused of crimes—smart, innocent people—refuse to make statements without an attorney present. Making a statement in an official setting, even if you’re just relating the events as you remember them, can get you in a lot of trouble or ruin your chances of ever winning a lawsuit.
Remember that the description of any event can change dramatically depending upon how the person narrating the event is questioned about it. Trucking companies that want someone to take your statement will generally want to herd you into answering the questions in a certain way, which may give them the edge legally.
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