If you’ve been hurt in a tractor trailer accident, the sooner you call an attorney, the better. These types of wrecks are often extremely serious, resulting in life changing injuries and, unfortunately, many ending in death. We at The Segal Law Firm have talked to people literally the day they woke up in the hospital. Although the statute of limitations is two years in West Virginia, there is just too much precious evidence that can be lost or destroyed if you wait even a few days to call us. We need to get on your case right away to gather that evidence, investigate your case and get your family the damages that you deserve.
A lot of people don’t realize the overwhelming amount of data that can be used as evidence in a tractor trailer case. There are black boxes, very similar to the ones used in airplanes, that can be recovered, which contain critical, critical information. They also have the log books of the drivers, telling us if the driver was overworked and driving more hours than regulations permit. The trucking companies now even have software back in the home office that will tell you where the truck was and how fast it was going. All this data can be used to win your case. But where do you think that black box is going to be if you wait two years to call us? Where do you think the driver’s log book will be? It will be erased or sent to the garbage.
The sooner you call me, the sooner I can start writing letters to the trucking company, putting them on notice not to destroy the black box, log books, or any internal data in the office. We need access to this evidence to prove your case. In these tractor trailer cases, we have found drivers who were intoxicated, using drugs, who weren’t properly trained, didn’t check their loads, or were driving way too many hours. We can be doing all of this while you’re lying in the hospital bed recuperating. But everyday that goes by that no one has called us for you, is another day that evidence can be destroyed.
This is probably one of the worst times of your life. You might have been paralyzed or lost a family member and the last thing you want to be worrying about are the legalities of your future. If you call The Segal Law Firm, we can start taking care of those legalities, especially the ones you wouldn’t even think of. For example, a lot of times, we need to have a re-constructionist or an engineer out to the site of the wreck within a few days because skid marks disappear. You could have a critical skid mark that would prove your case, but if I haven’t gotten that first call when you woke up in the hospital, we may not be able to get that photograph or examination done for you.
The moral of the story here is call us sooner rather than later. We recently represented a gentleman who got rear ended in Ohio by a rig carrying gas drilling pipe. He was pretty busted up and had his wife call me the very next day. Because she called early, we were able to get some very important evidence that is going to be able to prove his case. So, pick up the phone. And remember, this first call, as well as any preliminary work we do before you hire us, is all free. Why not make the call and at least find out what your rights are? We are available toll free at 855-344-9100.