Getting into an accident with a big truck is devastating and disorienting. When you are surrounded by the chaos of an accident, it is easy to forget details from that will help you win your case against the trucking company. We at Stewart Bell, PLLC cannot stress enough the importance of documenting as much as possible about the accident, so you can preserve your rights and get the best settlement.
If possible, take as many photos of the crash scene and the vehicles involved in it right away. If you cannot take photos right away, such as if you were severely injured and had to be transported to a hospital, return to the scene as soon as possible to take photos and look for evidence about what might have contributed to the accident. That includes checking for trees, other vegetation or other objects that might have obstructed a driver’s view or such problems as a missing stop sign or a malfunctioning traffic signal.
You should get an expert assessment of damage to your vehicle. Document the damage with photos before allowing the vehicle to be repaired.
Likewise, get medical attention and documentation for your injuries. Take photos of your injuries. Save any torn clothing and any items, such as eyeglasses or cell phones, damaged in the accident.
Gather information from any eyewitnesses who might be available. Get their contact information, so they can be interviewed later.
Contact a lawyer with experience in handling claims in trucking accidents like us at Stewart Bell, PLLC. We know how to obtain data from the truck’s “black box” or cameras that it is equipped with, as well as information filed with government agencies regarding safety inspections of the truck.