What is gained or lost by waiting to consult an attorney after a crash?
The Answer: EVERYTHING
Truck companies have ERT’s: “Emergency Response Teams.”
The ERT is a collection of specialized investigators, experts, and yes, attorneys.
Within an hour, or much less, most truck companies and/or their insurance companies, will have several people at the scene after a crash. It might be 3 a.m., but they will be there and often stay until the sunrises. They keep bags of gear packed, on the ready to launch an investigation immediately. Most often, the first call the truck driver makes is not 911, but to his dispatcher, who then sends out the ERT alert. There have been cases where the ERT beat the ambulance to the scene.
So, tragedy strikes and you or your loved one is in a crash with a truck, and you want to wait to get specialized, expert advice from a skilled trucking attorney who has more than 30 years of experience?
Who has the advantage to get your claim resolved on their terms the best and quickest?
He or she who moves first certainly has the advantage. Who preserves, and might hide, critical evidence, witnesses, photographs, on-board electronic recorded data, etc, etc?
Please don’t just believe me, take a quick moment to read this short article and see for yourself, directly from the trucking industry:To Article
Unfortunately, most often there is no way to beat the ERT to the scene since the injured/deceased person has no experience and little means on their own to protect their rights.
However, by immediately consulting and hiring an experienced trucking attorney, one who has not just handled a few, but has personally handled many and actually tried truck cases to juries, been to scenes, worked with accident reconstruction and trucking experts from all over the country, is actively connected with other specialized truck attorneys across the nation, you can confidently and quickly match and overcome the initial head start the trucking company has in your case.
Advantage trucking company? At first, sure, but it does not have to stay that way, unless you let it happen by not hiring the right attorney, right away.