Important Steps to Take after a Truck Accident Injury
If you have been hurt in a truck accident involving a big rig, semi, tractor-trailer, 18-wheeler or even a delivery van, you need to take certain steps to protect your financial and legal rights. Of course, one of the most important actions involves the hiring of an experienced attorney. There are, however, things that you can do before you retain counsel that will be extremely helpful to your case. Here’s a list of what you need to do:
- Get the medical attention you need—First and foremost, you need to make certain you get all the medical attention you need. If, for any reason, you don’t believe you can leave the scene of the accident under your own power, don’t try to. It’s much better to take too much precaution than too little. When you go to the hospital, clinic or to your doctor’s office, be certain to tell them about everything that hurts or seems out of the ordinary, regardless of how insignificant it may seem to you. Don’t focus on your broken leg and neglect to tell them about the discomfort in your back, neck, shoulders or other places. Often, what seem like minor injuries can be the most debilitating ones.
- Gather as much information from the truck driver and from witnesses as you can—At a minimum, you want to try to get contact information from the truck driver, as well as anyone who witnessed the accident. If you are unable to do so because of your injury, ask one of your passengers to do so. The police will likely obtain this information, but you can’t rely on them to do so.
- Contact the police—If you are unable to call the police, ask someone else at the scene to do so. When police arrive, they will ask questions of the parties involved in the accident, as well as witnesses. This information will typically be used to prepare a police report, which can be extremely helpful at trial.
- Take pictures, if possible—Even if it’s just with a camera on your phone, take pictures of everything related to the accident, including any injuries you have suffered, any damage to your car (as well as the truck), the road conditions at the time of the accident, any traffic signals or signs, and anything else that may be relevant.
- Notify your insurance company in a timely manner
Over-the-road truckers are subject to both state and federal regulations governing maintenance of their vehicles, as well as the amount of time they spend on the road. Your attorney will want to obtain all maintenance and driving logs to determine whether violation of any regulations contributed to the accident.
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