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What should I do after an Ohio truck accident if I was injured?

There is an old saying often used when someone isn't feeling the best that is something akin to feeling like they have been hit by a Mack truck. For most people, truly knowing how that feels isn't something they will ever experience. For some truck accident victims, knowing how it feels to be hit by a semi-truck is something they wish they could forget.

While it doesn't do much to take away the horror of the accident, people who have been injured Ohio truck accident have the right to seek compensation for their injuries. Making the choice to seek compensation after a trucking accident often comes with a lot of questions.

How long do I have to file a claim for compensation?

Ohio law says that bodily injury claims must be made within two years after the accident. This is true of any type of personal injury claim, whether it is because of a defective product, car accident or truck accident.

What should I do after a truck accident?

The first thing you should do after most truck accidents is get medical care for your injuries. The steps you take after that are dependent upon the specific circumstances surrounding the accident. Generally, keeping track of all evidence that you have related to the accident is a good idea because you will need the evidence to present in court. Obtaining copies of records and other evidence from the trucking company might also help.

Can I successfully sue the truck driver or trucking company for all trucking accidents?

The success of a personal injury lawsuit depends on the actual case, so there is no straightforward answer to that question. Working with someone who is familiar with truck accidents is one way to increase the likelihood of a successful lawsuit. Additionally, being able to establish that the trucker was at fault might help. Even if you are partially at fault for the accident, you might still have some sort of claim for the damages, according to FindLaw.

Source: LAWriter Ohio Laws and Rules, "2305.10 Bodily injury or injury to personal property." Aug. 10, 2014

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