Transportation accidents of all types generally make up a large portion of any personal injury attorney’s caseload. Most common are automobile accidents, but Transportation Accidents also include trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, common carrier (such as bus, cab and train) accidents, train grade crossing accidents, pedestrian/vehicle accidents and bicycle accidents.
One common thread that exists in Transportation Accidents is the fact that the harms and losses that result from these accidents are typically severe because Transportation Accidents occur with a tremendous amount of force due to the size and/or speed of the vehicles involved.
Nonetheless, each type of Transportation Accident is unique, and specific guidelines and procedures must be followed by an attorney representing an individual injured in such an accident. While a prompt and thorough investigation is mandated in almost all cases, the way that the investigation proceeds differs greatly depending on the nature of the wrongdoer, e.g. whether it is a large trucking company, an individual, a municipal entity, etc.
Steps must be taken to preserve evidence if possible and in many cases a well trained and experienced accident reconstruction expert must be hired and should be given prompt access to the scene to take photographs and measurements and to complete other tasks in order to begin his or her investigation into the cause of the accident.
If you or a loved on has been severely injured in a Transportation Accident, it is imperative that you contact an attorney as soon as practical after the accident to ensure that a proper investigation can be initiated. If you wait, the only investigation will be done by the insurance company’s investigators, and you and your attorney will have to rely on the information that the insurance company provides. This scenario rarely ends well.
If you are injured in a transportation accident that was not your fault make certain you do the following:
At the Law Offices of Evan A. Hughes, we have over 20 years of experience in representing individuals in pursuing claims for damages arising out of Transportation Accidents. Call us for a free, no obligation consultation.