Truck accidents are some of the worst accidents on the road. Because semi-trucks are so much larger than anything else on the road, they often cause the most damage. Injuries and property damage from truck accidents is often much more severe than in other car accidents. It is important to take the right steps after a truck accident to protect your right to compensation.
At the Scene
If you are able, there are some things you should do at the scene of the accident to get the ball rolling quickly on a personal injury claim. You will need to trade information with all of the parties involved in the accident. When getting information from the truck driver, make sure you note the truck’s identifying number, the name and phone number of the company they work for, as well as their personal and insurance information.
It is also helpful to take pictures at the scene to document the circumstances of the accident. Any photos you can take that might show how the accident happened could help you in your case. With nearly everyone having a smartphone in today’s society, taking pictures at the scene of the accident is usually an easy thing to accomplish if you are not too badly injured.
When Your Injuries are Severe
If your injuries are severe, you may not be in any condition to gather information and photos at the scene. If this is the case, do not worry. The police that arrive on the scene will get certain information from the other parties to the accident in order to file their report. As soon as you are able, obtain a copy of the police report so you can begin the process of seeking compensation.
Call an Attorney
As soon as you are able, you need to contact an attorney to represent you. An attorney can ensure you get fair compensation for your injuries and property damage. Even if the trucker has insurance and a good company backing them, having an attorney on your side is the best way to make sure you get full compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and property damage.
If you have been in a truck accident, do not hesitate to contact us today to get us started working on your case. If you are unable to contact an attorney, entrust your spouse or other family member to get the ball rolling for you while you recover.