Tips for Dealing With A Truck Accident
The first thing you should do after a truck accident is to immediately stop your vehicle. Stay at the scene of the accident or as close to the scene of the accident as you can, while at the same time making sure you and others are safe. If it is possible to move your vehicle so that it doesn’t interfere with traffic, you should do so. Otherwise, stay put and contact emergency services.
Ensure a Police Report is Made
Never leave the scene of an accident without first speaking to police and making sure that the police report is filed. This should be your first call after a accident. Contact the police and wait for them to arrive so that an accident report can be filled out. This will come in handy later on when you file your truck accident claim.
If it possible, while you are still at the scene of the accident, take pictures. These will come in handy afterward when putting together your truck accident claim. Take pictures of both vehicles and also write down the details of your truck accident if you can. The sooner you write them down, the easier they will be to recall. Because of the severity of a truck accident, you may be incapacitated - in this eventuality, your attorney may be able to investigate whether any witnesses at the scene were able to take photos of the damage.
Get Medical Attention and Records
Right away seek medical attention. Don’t presume that any injuries you have sustained are small. Sometimes an injury can appear to be minor only to discover later on that there is more damage than assumed. Medical records and the treatment you have received will become very important further on as part of your truck incident claim.
Get Information on The Truck Operator/Transportation Agency
You should get, whenever possible, phone or email info from the truck operator. Provided you can also find out the specific transportation agency the trucker is employed by, as that, too will likely be valuable.
Even so, you'll need to make sure to speak about as guardedly as practical. It's not the right time or place to talk about your ideas or feedback concerning the accident. What you tell bystanders, emergency personnel or the other driver could possibly be applied against you in court.
Contact Your Own Insurance Company
When you have departed the location, call up your insurance carrier without delay. Failing to do this might lead to an issue with your possible truck accident claim. Furthermore, the insurance provider may refuse help should you don't promptly speak to them, and offer your frank report of what took place.