Truck Accidents: Determining the Cause of the Accident and Seeking Compensation Requires Expert Intervention
Traffic has come to a standstill and the shrill sound of sirens fills the air. You turn on the radio and hear that there has been a tractor trailer rolls over on the 401 (or any other highway in Ontario). As you finally inch by the scene of the accident, it is evident that there are other vehicles involved and judging by the look of the car involved, it appears that the accident may have caused catastrophic injuries.
It is important to know that there are strict deadlines in place when it comes to reporting truck accidents. If you or someone you know has been involved in a truck accident in Ontario you only have seven days to inform your insurance company of the accident; regardless of the severity. You have 30 days in which to apply for Accident Benefits after receiving the Accident Benefits application. If you intend to sue the at-fault driver, you have 120 days from the time of the incident to notify the party of your intention to sue, and the lawsuit against the at-fault driver must be generally filed within two years of the incident.
Truck accident claims often involve multi-party litigation against both protected and unprotected defendants under the Ontario automobile insurance system. A thorough investigation by trained experts is needed to determine the cause of the accident, including the possibility that a defective part or poor vehicle maintenance (such as the tires, brakes, etc.) could have resulted in the accident occurring.
There are important steps which must be taken when you are injured as the result of a truck or automobile accident. Seek medical attention and call the police, ensuring that you have provided all of the information you have about the accident. Depending on your medical state, it is important that you or someone you trust record the names, addresses and contact information for anyone who witnessed the accident. Notify your insurance company as soon as possible about the accident—often deadlines are in place to serve notice. Keep receipts for any expenses relating to your injury. Call an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Claims relating to trucking accidents require a law firm with experience, expertise and a proven track record of success. At Futerman Partners LLP, we have been successfully representing victims of truck accident claims for over 30 years. If you or someone you know has been injured in a truck accident in Ontario, Futerman Partners LLP can help you get the fair compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation at 647-496-9619.