What to Do After a Truck Accident

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by Bain & Rodzik

With television star Tracey Morgan recently involved in a multi-vehicle accident that was caused by a Wal-Mart delivery truck, it reminds us that these types of accidents do occur and when they do, they can leave a terrible amount of devastation and loss in their wake. Like Mr. Morgan, many victims of truck accidents sue for negligence, but most don’t know that what they do immediately after the accident can play a large role in the quality of their cases.

Here, our truck accident attorney in Shallotte NC shares some important insight into the things one needs to do immediately after their unfortunate accident.

What to Do at the Scene Immediately After the Accident

The police should be contacted immediately after the accident to help preserve the accident scene. Once they arrive, give your statement regarding the accident. Only give the facts you know; do not speculate or guess. Once the report has been taken, ask the officer where, how, and when you can obtain a copy of it.

While you are waiting for the police to arrive, take as many pictures of the scene as possible using your cell phone’s camera. Take pictures of your vehicle, the truck that caused the accident, and any skid marks left by the truck. You should also take pictures of the DOT (Department of Transportation) license numbers for the truck and its trailer as they will be different, the truck’s tires, and any other vehicles involved in the accident. You should also record the name listed on the side of the truck’s cab or trailer.

Avoid speaking to the truck driver other than asking if he or she is ok. Do not discuss the accident or say anything, such as “I’m sorry,” or it could be used against you in court.

You should also obtain the following information at the scene:

  • The truck driver’s information (i.e., license and insurance information)
  • The insurance information for the truck owner and trailer owner (if available)
  • The names and contact information of any witnesses, especially those taking pictures and anyone else involved in the collision

Seek medical attention immediately after being involved in the accident. Just because you have no pain after the accident does not mean that you weren’t injured. Adrenaline may be preventing you from feeling the effects of the accident, so get treated immediately to ensure you haven’t been seriously injured.

What to Do After Receiving Medical Attention

After you have received medical attention, take the time to write out your full recollection of the accident. It is important to write it all down while it is still fresh in your mind. Write down everything you can remember about what happened before, during, and after the accident.

Next, you should contact your insurance company to notify them of the accident. Lastly, you should contact a truck accident attorney in Shallotte NC as soon after the accident as possible. Waiting to do so can hamper your case and waiting too long could even put you at risk of missing any applicable statutes of limitations. The sooner you contact a knowledgeable attorney, the better off your case will be.

Dealing with the Trucking Company’s Insurance Company and/or Lawyers

Once the trucking company is notified that you are pursuing legal action against it, their insurance company or lawyers may try to contact you. It is important that you avoid speaking with anyone representing the trucking company. Do not sign anything without legal representation. Instruct the trucking company’s representatives that all correspondence needs to go to your attorney.

Call Bain & Rodzik if You were Involved in a Truck Accident

If you or a loved one were recently involved in an accident that was caused by an 18-wheeler, call Bain & Rodzik’s truck accident attorney in Shallotte NC as soon as possible. You may be entitled to damages and other compensations and our experience can make a difference in your results.

For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation with one of Bain & Rodzik’s experienced attorneys, please call us at 910-762-1199 or visit our website at bainandrodzik.com.

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