Being involved in an accident with a truck can be a terrifying event. In addition to any damages to your car, you will also likely be facing mountainous medical bills and lost time at work. While you can file a lawsuit to recover many of these damages, these cases can be complex, and it is important for you to understand these challenges to reduce the uncertainty you feel during these cases and to give yourself the best chance to win. 

Should You Take Pictures Of The Accident Site?

Following any type of automobile accident, you should take pictures of the entire accident scene. The way the cars are positioned following an accident can tell a lot about what happened, and while this information will be included in the police report, your attorney may be able to use these pictures when arguing your case to help paint a clearer picture of what happened.

When taking these pictures, you should make sure that you get one of every angle of your car and any other car that was involved in the accident. In these photos, focus on where the damage is on the cars and where the vehicles are positioned. 

Will Your Lawsuit Be Against The Driver Or The Shipping Company?

Many people wonder whether they will need to be suing the driver or the shipping company. Unfortunately, this is not always a simple question to answer because there are many different factors that can determine liability. For example, if the driver is working as an independent contractor, you will likely have a difficult time using the shipping company because independent contractors are considered separate business entities. As such, they are not an employee of the shipping company and it is not responsible for their actions. 

Generally, you will only be able to sue the shipping company when the driver that caused the accident was an employee. There may be other conditions where you can sue the shipping company, but these are far more nuanced and require the expertise of an experienced attorney to determine liability. Fortunately, most truck accident attorneys will not charge for an initial meeting, which can help you better understand who is liable for your accident. 

Truck accidents can destroy lives and property in a split second, and while you can pursue justice for your losses through the court system, appreciating the importance of photographing the accident before the cars are towed away and knowing how liability will be determined should help you to make it through this process with as little stress as possible.