When one conjures the image of a milk truck, there is little to suggest anything but calm and wholesome nutrition. From the 1950s on, milk trucks have been a mainstay to helping ensure our Wisconsin families can have nutritious meals or drinks to quench their thirst. Few believe a milk truck can bring harm but, recently, Wisconsin has seen how milk truck accidents can negatively impact residents.
A rollover milk truck crash that brought Wisconsin residents in Monroe to a shocking scene on an afternoon day in January brought home the sad reality of trucking accidents during the winter when the driver was ejected from the vehicle. The tank, filled with milk, leaked but did not cause any harm to others in the area or the roadways. However, this crash demonstrates that Wisconsin residents must be prepared for any type of accident on the road.
What do I do if I have been the victim of a milk truck accident?
Sadly, victims of trucking accidents – including those involving milk trucks – are more frequent than we would like. Unfortunately, commercial truck accidents, which include milk trucks, are involved cases and most regular people are not equipped to match wits with an insurance company used to litigating these accidents day in and day out. That’s why you should engage an experienced Wisconsin truck accident attorney.
What can a Wisconsin milk truck accident attorney do for me?
Experienced commercial trucking and milk truck accident attorneys can spring into action and work to ensure that your case isn’t lost in the shuffle or quashed by an insurance company. Oftentimes, if an insurance company believes you are not represented by an attorney, they will attempt to make you a low settlement offer to get rid of your case. Accepting it would bar any further recovery even if you have injuries down the line.
An attorney can work diligently to gather the evidence you need to help ensure you have the strongest case possible either to present to the insurance company or in court. These lawyers know to and are able to look for any available video footage from stoplight cameras or cameras belonging to local businesses, they are able to evaluate driver’s logs, they can request and comb through police and/or accident reports to glean the information you need, they can track down witnesses who saw how the crash unfolded and can help bolster your case. They can also work to preserve any relevant evidence, use your medical records following the accident to prove your theory of the case, and work to get a truck’s “black box” – similar to those found on a plane – so they can glean crucial information.
What do I do after an accident?
After an accident, you should immediately call 911 to make a report of the case and give an officer a contemporaneous account of what happened. You should ask for a copy of the accident report or how to access the report in addition to what department will be filing it. If you are safely able to, you should take photos or videos of the crash to help ensure you have evidence of how the accident scene looked shortly after the incident and from multiple angles. You should also work to try and identify the names of witnesses or others who may be able to testify to how the accident occurred.
Why should I contact a Wisconsin milk truck or commercial trucking accident lawyer?
Only an attorney can help you preserve your rights and get any compensation due to you. Contact our firm today for a free evaluation so you can get the money you deserve.