Injured In A Truck Accident? What To Know And Do

Posted on: 26 September 2019

Trucking accidents are a growing problem in both urban and rural areas. Some of these accidents are caused by unforeseen mechanical failures of one or more vehicles or by weather conditions, such as high winds, ice, or snow. Many other accidents, however, are caused by wholly preventable causes, such as driver inattention, driver fatigue, speeding, and making improper lane changes. If you or someone you love has been injured in a trucking accident, here are some important things you should know and do as quickly as possible after the crash. 

Document the crash site

During any vehicle crash, it is important for emergency services to be contacted and assistance given to injured parties by anyone on the scene who can safely do so. But once these potentially life-saving steps have been taken, it is important to document the scene of the crash and gather as much information as possible. 

In particular, taking photos of the scene, including shots that show the location of each vehicle, license plates and identifying decals, road signs, and other specific details can usually be done quickly by using a mobile phone to take photos or record video and audio information. Additionally, it is important to attempt to identify all parties on scene and get contact information for each one. It is also a good idea to take down the names, badge numbers, and department information for any responding law enforcement officers and get contact information for any passersby who may have stopped to assist. All this information can be critically important, should the accident become a legal matter in the days and weeks after. 

Be prudent when giving statements

Giving a statement while adrenaline levels are highest after a traffic crash is not recommended because it can be difficult to speak and think coherently during this time. Instead, cooperate with law enforcement by providing brief answers to their questions but give yourself time to calm down and be able to think clearly before trying to provide more detailed information about the crash and its cause. 

Discuss your experience with a truck accident attorney

Before you make a decision about whether or not you should pursue any type of legal action, it is important that you meet with a reputable truck accident attorney and discuss your experience as soon as possible after the date of the crash. During this consultation, the attorney will go over the information you gathered on scene, as well as any available public records of the incident to help you better understand the cause and whether any party should be held liable for any physical or mental pain or distress that you or a loved one may have suffered because of the incident.