When it comes to dangers on the road, the risk of a truck accident tops the charts. Anytime that two vehicles collide, it’s very dangerous. When one of the vehicles is 20-30 times the size of the other, the stakes increase exponentially. Finding yourself the victim of a truck accident is overwhelming and can shake up even the calmest of individuals. Adrenaline kicks in and minds start to race. The accident happened, but what comes next?
There’s no easy way to address a truck crash, but finding good information is critical. It may be one of the most difficult times in your life, and I want to help provide you with the steps you need to put the situation behind you.
What Steps Should I Take at the Accident Scene?
- Call 911.
You need to immediately call 911. It doesn’t matter if nobody appears to be injured or if the damage is minimal, law enforcement must be notified. If you’re aware of any injuries, report them at this time. Not all injuries reveal themselves immediately, seeking medical treatment after an accident can help protect your rights and may be beneficial to your health.
- Stay at the scene of the accident.
It’s critical that you stay at the scene of your accident until law enforcement arrives. If you leave the crash site, it can be seen as a hit and run and is prosecutable as a criminal offense.
- Think before you speak
An accident is a traumatic experience, regardless of the damage done. You’re probably sore and rattled and you may be a bit confused. Make sure that you’re in the right state of mind and fully aware of the situation before you make any statements about the accident to law enforcement or other drivers. Avoid apologies or statements of fault until you have all the facts, and make sure you don’t sign any waivers or releases.
What Should I Document?
- Names, Insurance, & Contact Details
You’ll need details on all drivers and passengers involved in the crash. Make sure you have the insurance information for any drivers involved. If you have any eyewitnesses present, taking their information may be helpful in the future.
- Vehicle Details
You’ll need to get the information on the year, make, model, and VIN for all vehicles involved in the crash. Make sure to take lots of pictures and notes. Capturing lots of pictures of the damage and accident scene is recommended.
- Law Enforcement Details
Make sure you have the name and badge number of the law enforcement officials who are assisting you. They should also provide a reference number for the police report filed.
Additional Steps to Take After an Accident
- Call your insurer to file a claim.
- Visit a mechanic for estimates on vehicle damage.
- Schedule a doctor’s appointment, as some injuries aren’t immediately revealed and require continuing treatment.
- Contact an attorney as soon as possible. Auto accidents are complex situations and may require the guidance of an experience legal professional.
Contact Brooks Law Group
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