What to Do After a Truck AccidentMay 23, 2019
Automobiles must share the road with trucks of all sizes, making accidents inevitable. Even when drivers are cautious and do their best to avoid crashes, they cannot always control the circumstances around them. Knowing what to do after a truck accident can help victims recover more quickly.
Whether the accident is minor or significant, calling 911 is very important. This will alert police and medical services, if necessary. In the case of serious injuries, victims will be taken to a medical facility. Even if this is not necessary, it is still important to get checked over by a medical professional afterwards, since some injuries can show up after the accident occurred.
Individuals that refuse to receive medical attention may end up hurting themselves in the long run. Not only can it hurt their health and well-being, it can be harder to prove that their injuries were caused by the truck accident. It is also essential to request an accident report, since this can be used as evidence.
Exchanging information with everyone involved is also important. If this is not done at the scene, it may be difficult to reach the other driver afterwards. Gathering contact information, such as driver’s license and insurance information, can be done quickly at the scene. Cell phone cameras should also be used to take photos of the crash scene, injuries, license plate numbers, and damages to both vehicles. This photographic evidence can help show which party was liable for the accident.
It is also important to check for witnesses. They can provide statements that can help with a case. This information can be given at the scene or witnesses can provide contact information for a follow-up. Those that are injured should also keep accurate records of any medical treatment, including all paperwork and invoices.
The Insurance Companies
Anyone involved in a truck accident should contact their auto insurance company to file a report and begin processing the claim. Many accident victims end up speaking with the other driver’s insurance company or an insurance adjuster. Certain statements can be used against people when the claim is being processed or in court. If an adjuster requests a written or recorded statement, it is best to talk to a truck accident lawyer first.
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