An accident with a large truck can be a traumatic event, so it might be hard to think clearly right after it happens. But it is important to gather as much information as soon as possible.
The first thing you want to do is contact law enforcement authorities as soon as possible. It is important for them to complete an accident report, which can help preserve evidence.
If you are physically able, take photos of the scene of the accident. Include photos of all the vehicles involved and your injuries from many angles. Gather as much other information as you can. Of course, that should include the truck driver’s name, license number, insurance information and employer. Get the Department of Transportation (DOT) numbers for the truck and the trailer. Also, collect information on any other people involved in the accident or those who were eyewitnesses to it. Be sure to get contact information because finding people after they disperse from an accident scene is more difficult.
Leave your vehicle as it is until it can be examined and appraised. Your claim will include the estimate for how much it would cost to repair your vehicle or whether it is beyond repair. In addition, an expert assessment might be necessary to determine if a defect was involved in the accident.
It’s crucial that you seek medical attention as soon as possible if you need it! Even if you feel fine after the accident, you still should be examined by a physician. Some injuries, including whiplash, can be hard to determine except by a medical professional. Also, it is necessary to document your injuries to determine if the accident caused them.
One of the most important actions you should take is to contact a lawyer with experience in handling accidents involving trucks like Stewart Bell, PLLC. Trucking companies generally hire talented lawyers who know how to protect the companies and limit their liabilities, so you need someone just as talented in understanding the complicated legalities involving commercial trucks and in protecting your rights.