As a parent, it goes without saying that you are nervous every time your child gets behind the wheel and hits the road. This will remain the case until they have enough experience under their belt to handle any and every situation.
There is nothing worse than receiving a phone call informing you that your child has been injured in a truck accident. While this is sure to turn your life upside down, there are some key steps you can take to assist your child during this difficult time.
1. Focus on medical care
First off, you should focus on the health and well being of your child. Is he or she receiving the best possible care? What are the doctors saying? What type of long-term treatment is necessary?
By answering these types of questions, you will know that your child is in good hands during the treatment and recovery process.
2. Collect information about the accident
Secondly, you should take the time to find out more about the accident. Remember, there are many common causes of truck accidents:
- A trucker who was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- A trucker who was on the road for too many consecutive hours.
- Inadequate training in regards to safety and technique.
- A system of compensation that encouraged the trucker to drive fast (and often in a reckless manner).
- Improper maintenance of the truck.
As you learn more about the accident, you may find that the truck driver made one or more of these mistakes. Subsequently, he or she was responsible for causing the accident and your child’s injuries.
3. Know your rights
Finally, don’t hesitate to learn more about your child’s legal rights. If you find that the trucker acted in a negligent manner, you have the right to hold this person responsible. For example, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the driver and/or the trucking company.
If your child is injured in a truck accident, you want to focus m ost your attention on their injuries and recovery. Even so, as a parent, you also want to protect their legal rights. The compensation your child receives could go a long way in paying for medical bills, treatment and addressing other types of damage.