Trucking-related accidents can be significantly more devastating and life-impacting than an average auto accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2012, there were a reported 317,000 trucking accidents in the United States. Injuries sustained from trucking accidents can be extremely severe and potentially life-threatening.
What to Do
After being involved in an accident with a large truck, it's important to follow steps to ensure a straightforward legal process.
- Call 9-1-1 – After your collision, and you are in a safe location, call police authorities and first responders. If you are injured, seek medical attention right away. If you are able to stay on the scene before seeking medical attention, be sure to get a copy of the police report. This will be a good document for supporting evidence for your case.
- Get evidence – Before leaving the scene, it's crucial to gather as much evidence as possible and keep it organized so it will be ready to give to your lawyer. This could include the other driver's license plate, photos of the damage to both cars, skid marks on the road, or any additional relevant information that could help support your case. If you cannot do so, ask someone you trust to gather the information for you.
- Exchange information – Most people do not know that this is required by law after an accident. Be sure to exchange name, phone number, address, insurance information, the name of the trucking carrier, and the number of the truck.
- Seek medical attention – Symptoms of injuries like TBI or spinal cord damage do not always show up right away. Even if you feel fine, it's important to get medically evaluated and keep bills and statements together for supporting documentation. This could help increase your compensation payouts.
- Contact an attorney – Before speaking to the truck driver's insurance companies or filing a claim of your own, it's always beneficial to consider contacting a skilled attorney. They will be a bible resource to your case and increase the likelihood of maximized compensation for your damages.
We Can Help
If you or someone you know has been injured in a trucking-related accident, contact the team at Hanna Allen, PLLC right away. We have years of experience and are dedicated to fighting for your rights. One mishap in submitting your claim could result in minimized or delayed payouts. Let us take care of it for you. You deserve the proper time to rest and recover.
Contact us today at (432) 220-2649 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation.