If you have been in a truck accident, you know that the experience is terrifying and can cause serious injury. Truck accidents happen for many reasons, including driver error, speeding, and mechanical failure. Regardless of the reason, it’s essential for people to know what to do after a trucking accident, as it can save them time, money, and a headache in the future.
Seek Medical Treatment
The first thing you should do after a crash is to assess any injuries that you or your passenger may have sustained. Keep an eye out for blood, broken bones, burns, or severe bruises that would require immediate medical attention. The most important thing to do in this scenario is to call first responders immediately.
If there are no visible injuries, we still recommend contacting a first responder to the scene. Even if you cannot feel immediate pain now, it could be due to your adrenaline, which is why we recommend seeing a doctor shortly after your accident.
Document the Accident
After assessing the scene and your injuries, it’s time to document evidence. If any witnesses stopped to assist you or the truck driver after the accident, be sure to get their contact information as they could be vital when it comes to establishing liability. Also, collect videos and photos of the accident. This will help the insurance company and attorney paint a better picture of what happened.
Once the first responders arrive on the scene, ask them to file a report—A police report will provide an objective account of what happened. If the other driver is in good condition, try to get their information like:
- Their name/number/email
- CDL number
- License plate number
- Insurance carrier/policy number
- Employer’s name
However, if you cannot get any of this information due to your injuries, don’t worry. The police report has everything you need to go through with an insurance claim properly.
We’re Here For You
Once your injuries have subsided, we recommend speaking with a truck accident attorney as soon as possible. Here at Law Office of Stanley A. Davis our attorneys have a great history of handling truck accidents of all sizes. If you’re interested in scheduling a free, no-risk consultation with one of our attorneys, please contact our firm at (615) 866-3938 or fill out a consultation request form on our website.