If you have been involved in a truck accident, it is important that you take all of the necessary steps to ensure the best emotional, physical and financial outcome for you and your passengers.
Here are a few tips for what to do if you have been involved in an accident with a truck:
Tip 1: Contact the authorities: Immediately following the accident – provided that you are able to move and that it seems safe to do so – contact the police or state patrol. It is essential that you summon one of these city or state-level authorities to be present in order to attend to any injured or potentially injured people, as well as to take witness statements and gather evidence concerning the causes and nature of the accident.
Tip 2: Do not admit fault: Some people who have just suffered the shock and emotional trauma of a truck accident feel the need to immediately talk about their experience with others. It is very important that while you remain at the scene of the accident you avoid admitting any degree of fault concerning what happened. Unless you are a lawyer, it is likely that you are unaware of all of the potential ramifications related to determining fault in an accident. Even if you feel you were partially at fault, it is generally your right to refrain from making any statement to police or to other drivers that might be self-incriminating. Just give your contact and driver information, and ask the authorities if you are free to leave the scene. If the answer is no, then request that you be given the opportunity to have an attorney of your choosing be present during any questioning, and do not answer questions after that point.
Tip 3: Obtain the insurance information of the truck driver: Whether or not you are able to contact an authority right away, be sure to request the driver’s license, insurance, and vehicle plate information from the driver of the truck. These will be important items to have on record. Remember, even if you, your passengers and your vehicle seem to have made it through the accident relatively unharmed, it is always important to document the event. Some of the effects of the accident may show up later.
Tip 4: Check your car and the surrounding area for damage: If you happen to have a camera at the scene of the accident, be sure to take as many pictures as you can. Get photos of your car, the truck with which you collided, and any relevant surrounding items such as telephone poles, other cars, etc. Specifically, take photographs of the accident scene, any tire tracks or skid marks, and any damage to either vehicle. Cell phones with cameras have made this easy to accomplish. It is best to share those photos only with your lawyer, until the attorney informs you that you are required to furnish them to anyone else.
Tip 6: Contact an injury lawyer: It is always wise to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible following an accident. There are many possible ramifications of being involved in an automobile accident with a truck, including those that can affect your long-term health, your finances, and your mental well-being. In most cases, your lawyer will conduct his or her own thorough investigation in order to determine where you stand legally as a result of the accident. Your lawyer will want immediate access to any and all documentation you may have made of the accident. Your lawyer acts as your ally in making sure that you are fairly compensated and that your legal rights and financial standing remain in the best possible condition as a result of the accident.
Being involved in a truck accident is something that can change your life in the blink of an eye.
It is very important that you contact Harmonson Law Firm, PC promptly after an injury. They are an expert personal injury law firm in the El Paso area.