The injuries that follow a truck accident can be severe. Depending on your actions immediately following it, those injuries could become worse. The same is true of your potential legal claim if the other party is liable. Protect your rights following a collision with the guidance of a truck wreck lawyer. Before you consult with an attorney, there are steps you can take to strengthen your case and protect your health.
Seek medical treatment
If you sustained injuries during a collision with a commercial truck, it is vital that you see a doctor—even if they seem minor. There are several reasons why your injuries could be worse than you realize. The adrenaline rush that comes with a traumatic event can mask the symptoms in the hours or days after the crash. This is common with some conditions like traumatic brain injuries. The earlier you discuss your injuries with a doctor, the better.
Seeking immediate medical care can also strengthen your legal claim as well. By speaking to a doctor, you create a record. This is important, as it can bolster your claim for compensation at court. Without a paper trail documenting your effort to treat your injuries, the trucking company or their insurance company could argue that you were not severely hurt.
Contact the police
Most states require the parties to report the collision to the police if there is substantial property damage or any bodily injuries. Informing them of your crash not only complies with the law but could also aid you in your claim for compensation. When the police arrive at the scene of the crash, they will speak with the parties and file a written report. This police report could provide useful information to you and your truck accident lawyer.
Obtain evidence at the scene
The moments after your truck accident represent your best chance to obtain evidence for your injury claim. The position of the vehicles involved in the wreck will not stay in place for long, giving you a limited chance to photograph the scene of the crash. This is also your best opportunity to identify any independent witnesses. The testimony of these witnesses could be invaluable.
Say very little at the scene
As with any other collision, you should also exchange information with a commercial truck driver. However, you should say little outside of this because it could be used as evidence if your case goes to trial. Even if you were not at fault, the other driver could take something you say out of context– to suggest you admitted responsibility.
With that in mind, you are required to give a statement to the police. The police must include your identifying information in the report and ask for your license and insurance information.
Contact us for a free consultation
Few steps following a truck accident are more important than seeking the guidance of a truck accident attorney. Contact Hobbs Law Group right away to get started.