Every year about 475,000 big trucks are involved in accidents. No matter how careful you are accidents can happen. Truck accidents continue to rise, and with the sheer size of these vehicles, there can be a lot of damage or people can get seriously hurt or killed.
It's important to know what to do after a truck accident to help save you time and money. Here are the steps you should follow if you are in a truck accident.
1. Stop and Report the Crash
Everyone involved in an accident must stay at the scene of the crash. Make sure everyone is safe, and if possible, remove your car from the road. Turn on your hazard lights so other drivers can see you.
Call 911 immediately if anyone is hurt in the accident. If there are no serious injuries, you still need to call the state highway patrol or police. The office will assess the situation and fill out the accident report.
2. Take Photos
If possible, take some photographs of the accident for your records. Only do this if you are physically able and are not seriously hurt. Pictures come in handy if you need to file a suit later.
Pictures can help relay how bad the accident was and help you remember any details. Be sure to take notes of how the accident happened.
3. Identify Other Parties Involved
Make sure you get information from other parties involved and also get names of witnesses. No matter if you or the truck driver is at fault, you need this information for the liable parties to be held responsible and get the necessary compensation.
4. Exchange Information
You should exchange information with the other party at the scene of the accident if possible. Make sure you get the truck company name, the driver's name, and the insurance company information.
You need the contact information for the driver, trucking company, and insurance company.
5. Seek Medical Treatment
After the first responders arrive, be sure to get medical treatment. You should get treatment no matter how you feel at the time. Your adrenaline could prevent you from feeling any pain.
It's important to see a doctor if you do not get attention at the scene. Without any treatment, you will not be able to seek compensation from injuries that appear later. Whiplash can take more than 24 hours for symptoms to appear.
6. Speak Carefully
After the accident, an insurance adjuster will contact you. Be careful what you say because they can hold that against you.
Even if you are at fault, don't admit fault. The responding police officer will document who is at fault.
If you feel uncomfortable talking to the insurance company, you can speak to an attorney first.
7. Follow Medical Advice
Be sure to keep your receipts and follow medical advice. If there are any gaps in your treatment, the insurance company may not cover the bills.
What to Do After a Truck Accident
Remember your safety is number one. Make sure you move your car if possible and get medical help needed.
If you have any other questions about what to do after a truck accident, contact us today. We will give you a free evaluation of your case.