Top 10 Things to do After a Truck Accident
A crash with a semi-truck or commercial vehicle can be daunting. While no one plans for these types of tragedies, they can happen – and it is best to be prepared.
After a crash, there are a few things you need to do. Depending on the circumstances, you may not be able to do all of these things.
10 Things to Do After a Truck Accident
1. Make sure everyone involved is OK. If you are not injured or your injuries are not severe, check on other passengers and drivers involved to see if they are okay. Call 911 regardless if there are no major injuries.
2. Write down your injuries as soon as you can. You will need to include medical records backing up your statements as well as photographs. Taking photographs immediately after can better document your injuries than waiting a few weeks later.
3. Discuss the accident with witnesses and get their information. If you were seriously injured, see if the police report has any information about the witnesses and forward that to your personal injury attorney.
4. Contact your auto insurance company. Because of Florida laws, you may have to use your PIP insurance for some of your medical costs before your attorney can get you compensation for other expenses.
5. Stay calm and do not blame the truck driver. Even if the truck driver was at fault for the accident, do not sit and blame them for your injuries or act irrationally on the scene. The person at fault will be discovered during an investigation; therefore, you don’t need to point the finger at the accident scene.
6. Consult a personal injury attorney that specializes in truck accidents. You are likely to have a lot of questions and only an experienced attorney can answer those for you.
7. Be honest with your lawyer. A truck accident lawyer cannot help you if you don’t answer their questions honestly. And, if you lie, it may come out in court and your attorney won’t be prepared.
8. Investigate the cause of the accident. Your attorney will handle this portion of the case for you, but you may be required to give a detailed statement, provide medical records, and the like.
9. Assess your damages. Your attorney can also assist you with this step. You will need to assess your long-term and short-term damages to see how much you should collect for your case.
10. Discuss who was liable. Your attorney will need to decide who was liable for your injuries – such as the driver, their employer, a third party, or a combination of these.
Injured in a Truck Accident? Call a Daytona Beach Truck Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, contact the Law Offices of Robert W. Elton today. Our attorneys can assist you with your truck accident claim and ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to. Call 386-274-2229 for a free consultation.
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