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Talking to Police After a Truck Accident

Indianapolis Semi Accident Attorney

Just after a crash with a semi-truck accident, it is only understandable to feel shaken up and afraid of what might happen. Pain may set in, you may be notice possible injuries, and you may even feel shock. In the moment, it can be difficult to know what to do. Your first priority should be to call 911 so emergency medical technicians and law enforcement can come to the scene.

Call the Police

EMTs play an important role after a car accident, as they can identify who needs emergency trauma care and can stabilize injuries at the scene or in an ambulance. However, police officers who respond to a 911 call can help as well. Officers will assess the scene and talk to the drivers involved, making initial determinations regarding what happened.

If an officer speaks with the truck driver who hit you or with witnesses, the officer may issue a citation for speeding, distracted driving, or other traffic violations. Observations about the driver may lead the officer to believe the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which may lead to an arrest and criminal charges for operating while intoxicated. Such citations and criminal cases may help truck accident victims in a later civil matter. While an officer’s determination of who caused an accident is not the final say, it can support your account that a truck driver was at fault.

Speaking With Police Officers

Officers will want to talk to everyone involved. While answering their questions, avoid saying things like, “I’m sorry—I didn’t see the truck!” or “I only looked away from the road for a second.” These statements can be used against you by a truck driver and trucking company to try to avoid liability. If you were, in fact, partially liable, you still may have important legal rights to compensation in Indiana. Your attorney can handle questions about your own partial liability later in your case.

Instead of offering additional information, answer the officer’s questions simply and to the best of your ability. If you are not sure of something, try not to guess—instead, simply say you are not sure. If you guess at something and then later change your mind, the truck driver, trucking company, or their insurance companies may use your initial answers against you.

Check the accuracy of any police reports filed about the incident. Police sometimes misinterpret notes or make mistakes that, from your point of view, result in an inaccurate version of events. Your attorney can assist you in obtaining your crash report and amending the information if needed.

An Indianapolis Truck Accident Attorney Can Help You

The Law Office of William W. Hurst handles complex truck accident cases in the Indianapolis area. After your injuries stabilize, please do not hesitate to consult with our law firm regarding your legal options. Please call a skilled truck accident lawyer at (317) 636-0808 or contact us online today to discuss your rights for free.

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Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Case Worth

As a victim, establishing damages, negotiating with the insurance company, or filing a lawsuit can be daunting and next to impossible without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled under Indiana law.

Why Hire?

Choosing an attorney that has experience dealing with personal injury law is important to protect your legal rights. If you are trying to recover damages from a business or other type of organization, you can bet that they are going to have a legal team on their side.

Medical Bills

If you were injured by an accident you may be struggling to determine who is responsible for paying your medical bills and holding them accountable. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help.

Recovery

After you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation. The type and amount of compensation depends on the injury, bills, the cause of the injury, negligence/bad faith of the defendant, etc. The attorney you retain can also heavy influence your recovery through knowledge, experience, and dedication. Legal terms and phrases can be confusing even after you retain an attorney. If you have been injured, you may wonder how much your case is worth or what your “damages” are. The worse the injuries, the higher the value of the case and the greater need for an experienced attorney