What to Do After a Truck Accident
Being involved in a truck accident can be stressful and scary if you don’t know what to do next. Because these accidents can be complex and often involve many factors and many parties, it’s in your best interest to hire a personal injury lawyer that is experienced with truck accidents and motor vehicle collision cases. Know what to do after a truck accident or what a truck accident lawyer might look for by reading the information below.
Dont Leave the Scene of the Accident
Remain at the scene after an accident. If you leave before law enforcement arrives, you could be charged with leaving the scene of an accident. If possible don’t move the vehicle you were driving at all. Keeping the scene as preserved as possible will help with evidence collecting.
Call the Police
Immediately call the police if any other passengers or parties have been injured. Colliding with a semi-truck or a commercial truck can oftentimes lead to serious injuries. Even if no one is injured you need to call 911 to report the accident. When officers arrive on the scene answer their questions and gather information.
Take Pictures of the Accident Scene
Take photographs of the accident scene, all of the vehicles involved, and the damage caused to each. Also, take pictures of any damage to the truck. Take pictures of your surroundings at the accident like any signs, traffic lights, or roadway conditions. If you have injuries it would be helpful to take pictures of those at the scene as well before they get treated.
Seek Medical Treatment
Even if you don’t think you’re hurt, get a medical evaluation for yourself and your passengers because you might have suffered injuries that don’t show immediate symptoms. Getting medical attention can help show how the link between your injuries and the collision, which can strengthen your claim.
Exchange Information With The Other Driver
You should exchange information with the truck driver as soon as you can. It can also be helpful to get the contact information from any witnesses. A name, phone number, or email address is all you need to stay in touch. Providing this information to your lawyer will help them collect any evidence they may need from a witness easier.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
Truck accidents are more complex than other types of accident collisions because the injuries are often more severe. In addition, multiple parties can be held liable in a truck collision case.
Contact Spaulding Injury Law today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a personal injury lawyer. We will discuss your case and explore what compensation you may be entitled to for your damages.