There are a lot of things that are different about your claim if you were hit by a tractor trailer. Probably the most significant one is you are more than likely to be seriously injured if you were hit by a tractor trailer. That makes retaining a personal injury attorney paramount for you to seek compensation for your damages. The other things that differ about a tractor trailer accident, other parties may be responsible then just the owner of the vehicle and the driver. A personal injury attorney can investigate the potential defendants to determine if coverages exist and liability exist against these potential defendants. Another important aspect of a tractor trailer accident, is securing the evidence.
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Unlike a normal motor vehicle accident, often time tractor trailers have very specific details that need to be investigated. For instance, a tractor trailer may have a sort of black box that needs to be preserved, so that you can definitively determine whether or not the tractor trailer was speeding, breaking or engaged in some other sort of negligent conduct that caused the accident. Another important thing to do when you are involved in a tractor trailer accident, is to insure that you obtain and have preserved the logs of the driver. There are regulations that regulate tractor trailer drivers unlike private drivers in a motor vehicle. They’re only permitted to drive so many hours a day and often times these logs show that they are driving more than they ought to. You need to investigate and preserve this evidence in order to substantiate your claim and a personal injury attorney is the best person to retain for that purpose.