A Truck Accident is a serious matter for you - both in the present and in the future. It is a major event when you or your family member is involved and may be seriously injured. In such case you should consult an experienced attorney immediately to ensure your claim is properly assessed and adequately handled. Even if you have not been injured, you may wonder what to do next.
What follows is a general guide for you about what you should do immediately after a truck accident:
|Report the Truck Accident|
Call 911 to report the accident. Many State laws require that you report the accident right away. Reporting the accident is also important if someone has been injured and needs immediate medical attention. Reporting may affect your right to receive compensation.
Get an immediate evaluation from your doctor after the accident. It is best to seek attention from a doctor even if it is not required.
It is extremely important that you retain an experienced truck accident attorney as quickly as possible. This is because the trucking companies and their insurance carriers frequently send investigators, adjusters and experts to the accident scene to gather and even alter evidence to protect the defendants from a potential lawsuit. You need someone with experience on your side as well.
|Notify your Insurance Company|
You should notify either your insurance agent or your insurance company’s claims office of the accident, and of the possibility of a claim. Instructions on how to report a claim can be found in your insurance policy. You should also review your policy to find out how much and what kind of coverage you have.
Remaining steps to be taken immediately after a Truck Accident are as follows:
Obtain the name, address, insurance information, vehicle license number and driver’s license number of any and all other persons involved in the accident. Also, get the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all witnesses.
Take pictures of the accident scene.
Sign nothing without consulting a attorney.
Be sure to report memory problems, confusion or disorientation, however minor these may seem at the time.