It’s difficult to think clearly after being involved in a truck accident, and you or the other party gets injured. Your initial response to the crash could impact your healing process and also affect your claim and the amount of compensation you’re probably entitled to receive. Here are the most important steps you should take after a truck accident.
1. Call the police
The moment you hit another vehicle or your vehicle gets hit by truck call the police. It’s wise not to speak to anyone else other than your lawyer before the police arrive. Never apologize to the other party involved in the accident as that may mean you’re guilty and the statements may be used against you in a court.
Offer the police an accurate and factual description of everything that happened immediately before and after the accident. Don’t exaggerate the story. Instead, provide exact details to the best of your ability. Note that it’s the authorities’ job to write down the appropriate citation and create a police report that indicates who caused the accident.
You must have a comprehensive report when filing a claim associated with injuries caused by a truck accident. Unless you have it, it will be difficult for you to receive compensation from the other driver’s insurance service provider. Indeed, your lawyer will require the accident report as a proof that you adhered to all the traffic rules when you hit the other vehicle, or your vehicle got hit by a truck.
2. If possible, collect evidence
Consider taking a few photographs of the accident scene (if it’s possible). The photographs should clearly show where the accident took place, any damage to property and vehicles, and visible injuries you suffered.
These images are an important piece of evidence and strengthen your personal injury lawsuit. Note that having photographs of how your vehicle was before the accident, during the accident, and after the accident makes it easier for you to offer a distinct contrast to show the exact damages that occurred during the accident.
Besides, keeping a detailed record of what happened during and immediately after the accident is important. This is because you can be asked questions related to the accidents months or years after the accident depending on how long it’s likely to take for you to receive a settlement. Therefore, having photographs and other pieces of evidence will help you have a vivid memory of what happened and avoid giving contradicting information.
3. Seek medical attention
It’s important to seek medical attention immediately after a truck accident. In case you realize that you’re injured or the other parties involved in the accident are injured, call an ambulance immediately. Even if you have minor injuries or simply feel fine, seek medical attention. Some injuries don’t have outward symptoms right away, but you may have suffered severe internal damage that manifests later. Therefore, it’s wise to get a qualified doctor assess your overall health immediately.
No one wishes to get involved in a truck accident but if you get involved in such accidents, take the three steps discussed here and then notify your lawyer.