What to Do After a Truck Accident
When you have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, your first actions are crucial. What you do in the few moments afterwards can affect your truck accident claim. It is also important to know that trucking accidents need to be handled differently than other vehicle accidents. The trucking industry is heavily regulated, so it is very important to act quickly from the beginning.
Call for Assistance
Of course the most important thing to do after a truck accident is make sure the injured get immediate medical attention, so you should dial 9-1-1 as quickly as possible. Never move the injured unless you are a trained first responder or you feel the person is in imminent danger if you do not.
Someone on Behalf of the Injured Needs to Document the Accident Scene
Once medical help has been secured and everyone has been moved to safety, it is important that someone on behalf of the injured gather as much information as they can about the accident and contact the authorities if they are not already present.
- Get contact and insurance information from every driver involved as well as driver’s license information.
- Document information about the truck, including the type of truck, cab, and goods being carried.
- Get pictures of all vehicles involved in the accident and the actual damage to the vehicles. Also, take pictures of the accident area, other things that may have been damaged like guardrails, and any skid marks and the state of truck tires.
Do Not Speak with Representatives from the Insurance or Trucking Companies
These representatives are usually at the scene very quickly because it’s their job to get the information first, and their goal it to avoid paying the full amount of any claims. The best option to safeguard your case is to not speak to any representatives from the insurance agency or truck company. Contact an attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can assist with gathering information, dealing with insurance agencies, and provide the peace of mind you need with guidance through the claims process.
Seek Medical Attention If You Did Not Initially
Even if you think you are not injured in a truck accident, you should make an appointment with a doctor for a thorough exam. Because of the force and weight of a truck, a truck accident can cause many types of injuries, some of which are obvious, while others may take a long time to surface. Getting yourself examined may help to identify some of them early.
The lawyers at Williams DeLoatche, PC are experienced in dealing with insurance companies and truck accidents as they have worked both for and against them. Their thorough knowledge and expertise are exactly what you will need to help win your case. Call them if you or someone you know has been involved in a truck accident for a free consultation: (757) 547-5555.