A truck accident is a terrifying experience that can leave you and your loved ones suffering life-altering injuries. While you may not be thinking of your possible right to compensation from the negligent trucker and trucking company, the actions you take right after and in the days following your wreck matter and can significantly strengthen your claim. Here, we share some of the most important steps you will want to take.
Key Actions to Take After a Commercial Truck Accident
It is important to keep in mind that you do not have to take all these vital steps alone if you are too injured after your wreck. You can ask a family member or friend in your vehicle or a helpful bystander to assist you with them. Here are some crucial things you want to do after your accident:
- Call the police. You always want to contact the police at the collision scene. The police report can contain important evidence, such contact information for the truck driver and his insurance company, a narration of how the accident occurred, the officer’s conclusions as to who was at fault, and whether any citations were issued.
- Obtain medical care. If you or anyone else was hurt in the crash, you want to obtain immediate medical treatment. Even if you do not believe you suffered injuries, you should be examined by a doctor right away because the symptoms of some medical conditions can take days or longer to develop. Seeking prompt medical care protects your health and avoids disputes with the insurance company as to the cause of your injuries.
- Exchange contact information. You should obtain the contact information for the trucker, trucking company, and their insurance company while you wait for the police to arrive. You will need this information to file your claim for compensation.
- Identify witnesses. It is important to obtain the contact information for anyone who saw the crash. They can be powerful witnesses in support of your claim because they are neutral parties who have no stake in the outcome of your case.
- Take pictures. You want to take pictures of the damage to the vehicles, accident scene, your injuries, and anything else you think is important to your claim.
- Stay off social media. While you may want to tell your friends and family about your truck wreck and injuries, it is best to stay off social media. You could say something that inadvertently hurts your case. Insurance companies routinely search a victim’s social media sites.
- Retain a lawyer. It is critical that you retain an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible after your crash. He can take over communications with the insurance company, collect the evidence you need to prove the trucker’s and trucking company’s negligence, and obtain the compensation you deserve.
What happens if you did not take all of these important first steps? Our skilled lawyers have years of experience helping truck accident victims and can assist you in collecting this information. To discuss your situation and legal options, call our office today to schedule your free consultation.
Category: Truck and Bus Accidents
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