Being involved in a car accident is unsettling enough, but when a truck is involved in the collision, it can truly leave you shaken. The size and strength of a truck are intimidating, and the result of a crash with a truck can involve much more serious injuries and damage to your car. If this has happened to you, you are probably at a loss as to what you should do next. Here are some vital steps you should follow:
Remain at the Scene
Leaving the scene of an accident is never something you should do. Focus on getting to safety, standing at the side of the road, and avoiding another accident from happening on top of the first one. Turn on the hazard lights if possible.
Also, check to see if you are injured and if the other parties are injured, call 911 and request an ambulance. Make sure there are police at the scene to file a report and request a copy for your records.
Get Your Injuries Checked Out
Never underestimate the importance of having your injuries checked out as soon as possible. Even when there do not seem to be any visible signs of injury, internal bleeding, or injuries to organs can be present without you knowing about it. Also, not seeking medical help sends a message that your injuries are not serious and will work against you when seeking compensation at a later date.
Exchange Information with the Other Party
If the other party leaves the scene of the accident, you may never be able to track them down again. Get their contact information immediately, including their name and address, phone and email, their driver’s license number, insurance information, the name of the trucking company where they work, and their employer’s information.
Gather Witnesses’ Accounts
Should there be witnesses at the scene, get their contact information as well as their testimonies. You may need them to testify should you file a claim later in and require their presence at court.
Document the Crash
Taking pictures of the accident can easily be accomplished with your cell phone. Document everything you think may shed light on what happened: the state of the road, any traffic signs, damage to your vehicle from every angle, and any other item that may later be used to make sense of what happened. Take pictures of your injuries as well and of their progress as they heal. You may want to write down everything you remember of the crash since memories tend to fade. Also, keep a journal of all activities you have had to do due to the crash, such as therapies, medications, surgery, and rehabilitation.
What happens next?
The next step might be a call from the insurance company or their adjuster. According to guestlawoffice.com, you should be mindful of what you say to them since anything you do say can and will be used against you. Even the slightest hint that you might have had something to do with what happened may lower their offer considerably or even have it withdrawn. Decline to record any statement and reach out to a personal injury attorney to get some advice as to how to proceed and how to better negotiate with the other party or their insurance.