What to Do in Case of a Truck Accident

Feb 27, 2019 in Safety, Tips and Tricks

The sad truth is that many truck accidents result in serious injuries. No matter how skillful driver you are, there is no guarantee that you will avoid accidents with your truck. It can happen to anyone. So it’s important to be prepared for after crash. Here is the most important things you need to know in case of truck accident.

Stay Calm and Call for Help

The first step is to call 911. It is very important you file an accident report, even if you think there is little or no damage. Not only is this required by law but it could be used as an important piece of evidence later on. Also someone might have suffered an injury that you are not aware of. And speaking of injury:

Seek Medical Treatment

It is important to seek medical attention after an accident, whether you are obviously injured or not. Your adrenaline could prevent you from feeling pain or noticing an injury. If you do not receive treatment at the scene of the crash or are not immediately transported to the hospital, visit your doctor as soon as possible after the accident. Let a medical professional check you and determine if you need any care. Some injuries won’t appear until later on, so you want to be sure you are thoroughly checked out.

Take Safety Measures

Turn on your hazard lights, move out of the way of traffic, set up emergency warning devices, such as warning triangles. If you can, remove dangerous pieces off the road. Check other drivers and passengers for injuries. In case of fire, try to extinguish it. Don’t be a hero, just do what you can to help, but do not put yourself at risk.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Check what is necessary for your insurance company do be done. Call them and fill in a report. Make sure everything is done by their requirements. It can save you a lot of trouble later. 

Exchange Information with Other Party

It is important to exchange information with the other party while at the scene of the crash no matter whose fault it is. Once the other party leaves the scene of the accident, it can be hard to track them down. Even if you have their name or company name, contacting them can be difficult. Getting their contact information will make things easier if you choose to seek compensation. Take photos of the accident with your phone or a camera. These photos can be used as evidence to prove who was at fault for the accident, the severity of your injuries, the amount of damage to your vehicle, and any other necessary information. It is hard to argue with photographic evidence, and photos can be used to make sense of an accident and determine exactly how it happened.

Contact an Attorney

Speak to someone who can clarify your rights and responsibilities regarding the accident. Seek help to build a case and restore justice after the accident.