If you have been involved in a truck accident, you may be confused as to what actions you should take to ensure that you are compensated for your injuries. In all accident cases, it is essential that actions be taken to promptly preserve evidence and document injuries. The following tips will help you know what to do after an accident:
Tip 1: Obtain Information
It is important that you seek immediate medical attention if you are seriously injured in an accident. However, after you have ensured that everyone involved in the accident is out of danger and that police and emergency personnel have been summoned, you should obtain the following information:
- The full names of the drivers of all vehicles involved, as well as their drivers’ license numbers and addresses.
- The full names and addresses of all passengers in any of the vehicles—these passengers may later serve as your witnesses.
- The full names and addresses of any pedestrians or witnesses to the accident.
- The company name and business address of the owner of the truck.
Tip 2: Make Observations
In addition you should make observations at the scene and record the following information:
- Do any of the drivers appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol? If so, inform the police immediately.
- Did anyone report any physical injuries?
- Was medical assistance rendered at the scene?
- In what direction was each the vehicle traveling when the collision occurred?
- What time of day did the accident occur? What were the weather conditions at the time?
- How did the accident occur?
- Did anyone accept responsibility or assume fault in the accident?
- Did the police issue anyone a ticket?
In addition, you should take photos of the accident scene, if possible. Photos taken at the scene of the accident can be invaluable at trial.
Tip 3: Contact an Attorney
Directly after leaving the scene of the accident – or while still there if you are safely able – you should immediately contact an attorney who is experienced in handling Personal Injury cases. The truck accident experts at Our Law Firm can begin investigation of the accident immediately in order to preserve evidence, photograph the scene of the accident, and take witnesses’ statements. Our attorneys know that the trucking company and their insurers will try to manipulate evidence and secure a quick settlement. You should have an experienced truck accident attorney on your side working to get you the compensation you deserve.
Tip 4: Do Not Admit Fault
Any statements you make to the police should not in any way insinuate that you were at fault in the accident. Even if you believe you may have been partially at fault, admitting this to anyone will only preclude your claim against other negligent parties. Statements admitting to speeding, inattention or distraction, fatigue, using a cell phone, or failing to wear required eyeglasses can severely damage your chances of a fair settlement.
Tip 5: Do Not Sign Anything
Trucking companies and their insurers often attempt to get accident victims to accept a low settlement at the scene of the accident or soon after. Do not sign anything. Although the offer may seem fair at the time, you may realize that it is inadequate to cover your medical expenses and lost wages down the road. It is important to hire an experienced truck accident attorney with the resources to get you the settlement you deserve.
Tip 6: Visit a Doctor
Even if you feel healthy, you should always undergo a doctor’s examination after an accident. Often, you may not manifest any physical symptoms of injury until hours or even days after an accident. If you wait to visit a doctor, you may lower your chances of obtaining a fair settlement for your injuries. Visiting a doctor directly following an accident will ensure a preliminary diagnosis, as well as minimize the discomfort you are feeling now and future treatment you may require later.