Assume that you have just been involved in a collision with an 18-wheeler (and were fortunate enough to survive). What happens after that?
By the time the police arrive, a number of different things may happen that can affect what you can tell them. You may not even be available to make a statement at the scene if your injuries required you to be taken to the hospital right away. Or you may be experiencing a state of physical and emotional shock that interferes with your ability to recollect clearly just what happened. Depending on the circumstances, the only verbal account of what took place may come from the truck driver.
The next thing that happens is that the truck company's insurer arrives on the scene to do its own investigation. Only it is not like a police investigation, looking for exactly what caused the crash. The insurer is interested in gleaning evidence to support its side of the story. Its investigation may be incomplete. Or it may elect to remain silent about any facts it learns that might put the truck driver, the truck company, or both. The insurance company is interested in saving money, not with objectivity.
You can see so far where things are headed: between your possible inability to express your version of events coupled with a selective investigation by the other side's insurer, getting the compensation you need for your injuries and property damage becomes more and more challenging. What you need is your own investigator, and your own advocate. That is where we at William W. Green & Associates come in.
We perform our own investigation of the accident scene, but we do not stop there. If need be we will bring in an accident scene reconstructionist to help determine what happened. We also use legal tools like discovery to find and preserve evidence that the truck company and its insurer may have but don't want you to know about. Information about the truck driver, the truck itself, and the truck company's maintenance and training policies are just some of the things we will seek.
Thorough investigation and preparation are key to successful settlement negotiations or to effective trial preparation. To enlist our help on your behalf, call us at 714-464-6903 in California or toll free at 866-543-7598, or reach us online to schedule a no-cost initial consultation with one of our attorneys.