If the Unthinkable Happens -
Time is of the Essence

by J.J. Burns

No one expects you to know the important next steps if you or a loved one is involved in a catastrophic truck or car crash. It’s called the “unthinkable” because none of us thinks this kind of tragedy could happen to us. Nobody is ever prepared for this sort of life-changing event.

That’s why it’s crucial you seek expert legal counsel as soon as possible after a crash. Immediate investigation and making sure critical evidence is neither disturbed nor destroyed are extremely important, because time-sensitive crash scene evidence, electronic information stored in the other vehicle’s “black box,” and various records maintained by the other driver and/or his or her employer are often critical components of your case. An attorney can also ease your burden by working directly with police agencies and insurance companies for you.

It doesn’t matter where you’re from or where the crash happened; we help victims all over the country and can meet with you in person to discuss your situation, and begin assisting you as soon as we are contacted.


Let us be your voice.

The time immediately following a crash can be difficult, confusing and overwhelming. Insurance representatives from both sides, as well as the police, will likely want to question you. Most victims want to tell their story and talk through what happened. But whether it’s you or someone close to you who is seriously injured, you’re likely shaken up, traumatized or even in shock. If you’re a crash victim who’s hospitalized, you could be taking medication that impairs your thinking and ability to communicate. It’s not the best time to answer probing questions.

In a serious truck crash involving a major trucking company, a crash team will be dispatched with the sole intent of reducing the company’s liability. Even if you are represented by counsel, you still may be contacted directly. Any calls of that nature should be directed to your attorneys. When they talk to an attorney experienced in catastrophic crashes, they know right away you won’t accept anything less than fair and just compensation for catastrophic injuries or fatalities, which, in addition to money damages, also often includes requirements for the trucking company to incorporate new safety policies, safety audits of the company, and/or an overhaul of the company’s crash prevention protocols.


I’m worried I can’t afford a strong legal team.

You needn’t worry about expense. Dollar, Burns & Becker works on a contingency basis only, which simply means you are not charged for the hours we spend on your case. Instead, we are paid a percentage of the compensation we secure for you.

Our track record in this very specialized field is well-documented. Make sure the legal team you decide to work with is well-qualified to represent you. For a free initial conversation, just give us a call. Our toll-free number is 877-816-2600.

When it matters most, we’re with you all the way.