What you do in the aftermath of a serious truck accident is incredibly important. If you are involved in an accident with a large truck or semi, the most important thing is to immediately seek medical attention for everyone who’s been injured, by calling 911. However, there are other things you can do to help with any legal action you choose to pursue down the road. Let’s take a look at the essential things to do following a truck crash:
At the Truck Accident Scene
Dial 9-1-1 for assistance immediately and stay at the scene of the accident until help arrives, moving your vehicle if it poses a safety risk to others on the road. Keep in mind that leaving your vehicle in the same position it was in following the accident is better, as long as it’s safe to do that, because photographs showing the locations of the vehicles can be important later. If you are able, be sure to:
- Take photos and videos or record audio evidence to use when negotiating with the at-fault party’s insurance company or presenting at trial to prove your case. Videos are the best for evidence in serious crashes. Take a video of the entire scene.
- Exchange information with the other drivers involved. If possible, get their insurance information, including the policy number and agent’s phone number. Take down the other drivers’ names, phone numbers, driver’s license numbers, and license plate numbers.
- Other than asking them if they’re okay so you know who needs medical attention, don’t discuss how the collision occurred with anyone at the scene except the police officers. Be sure you tell the officers the whole truth about everything that happened.
Allow a trusted lawyer to review your case so that you can obtain justice and seek monetary compensation for your damages — from medical bills to lost wages.
Curran Law Firm handles claims for truck crash victims in Springfield, MO, providing experienced legal counsel and representation from start to finish. If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident, reach out today for a case evaluation.
An accident with a truck can be a stressful and scary situation, but following this list can help you keep your cool and stay calm in an emergency.