Truck Accidents: Whats Next?

Truck accidents are one of the most deadly crashes to happen on the road.  When a large semi-truck crashes into a smaller vehicle the weight of the truck becomes a lethal force that the smaller car doesn’t stand a chance against.  Personal injuries have a tendency to be very brutal when it comes to truck accidents.  Truck accidents can generate tragic injuries to the brain, spinal cord and all other parts of the body during a crash.  Some costs associated with truck accidents are medical bills, lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering from the accident.

After a truck accident, you may have a hard time knowing what steps to take next.  First the most important thing is to make sure you get appropriate medical treatment.  After you receive medical treatment you should take the following steps to best protect your rights and wellbeing:

1. Seek proper medical treatment

This cannot be stressed enough.  No amount of money can make up for poor medical results, so make sure you or your loved one receives the best medical care possible.

2. Be proactive with the investigation process

Contact experienced investigators to examine the crash site. Evidence from the scene can often establish liability and negligence essential to your personal injury claim.

3. Take a lot of pictures

Take pictures of both the accident and the injuries you endured. This can help establish the liable party and help to strengthen your claim against the truck driver or trucking company.

4. Get your car examined by an expert

This can lead to the uncovering of valuable information about the accident, such as the speed of the vehicles involved, cause of the accident, and even who is at fault.

5. Speak with an attorney before talking to any insurance carriers

Do not make a recorded statement to anyone before talking to an attorney. These statements can be used against you by the defedents insurance company lawyers. Having an attorney early on will ensure your rights to compensation are protected and your best interests are covered.

6. Do not throw away any evidence

Anything related to the accident may be valuable to your upcoming case.  Even things you may not consider important can help build important aspects of your case. Talk to an attorney before throwing anything away.

Truck drivers can reduce truck accidents by slowing down in work zones, driving defensively, and properly maintaining their vehicles.  Passenger car drivers can avoid accidents with trucks by avoiding truck’s blind spots, observe trucks turn signals, do not cut trucks off, and report dangerous driving to proper authorities.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a large truck, contact the Fresno truck accident lawyers at West Seegmiller.

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