Any standard car accident can result in severe and life-altering injuries, not to mention excessive property damage.
However, when an accident involves a big-rig, tractor-trailer, semi-truck, or other large commercial vehicle that goes by any other name, the damages can be excessive and even fatal.
If you or a loved one was involved in a truck accident, you may feel a strange mixture of anger and helplessness.
While we understand why you might feel angry, we want you to know that you are not helpless, and that with the right team on your side, you can channel your anger in a constructive manner and possibly recoup compensation for your harms.
Contact My25%Lawyer today to learn more.
Report the Accident, and Then Seek Medical Attention Immediately
The very first thing you should do following a truck accident is to report the incident to the local authorities. If someone else does not immediately do so following the incident, call 911 and report the accident.
In many jurisdictions, especially if injuries and property damage are severe enough, leaving without waiting for the authorities to arrive or, at the very least, without reporting the accident, is illegal. That said, if you are badly injured, you should also be concerned about reporting the accident for insurance purposes.
Once the authorities have arrived and made a report of the incident, seek medical attention right away. Even if you do not feel as if you need medical attention, or even if your injuries seem minor in comparison with other victims’ injuries, you should still ask to be escorted to the nearest hospital.
There are several common truck accident injuries, such as brain injuries, nerve damage, spinal cord damage, and whiplash, that typically do not present symptoms until several hours or days after the fact.
Without a medical report from immediately following the incident, you may have a hard time proving that your injuries are the result of the accident should you attempt to recover compensation for them after all.
Notify Your Insurance Company
Depending on what state you live in, your insurance company may or may not be responsible for your damages. For instance, Florida, as a no-fault state, requires drivers to carry a minimum of $10,000 of personal injury protection and a minimum of $10,000 of property damage liability coverage.
Some drivers, such as those with previous accidents or violations on their records, must carry Bodily Injury Liability Insurance. In no-fault states such as Florida, insurance companies are required to pay insureds’ claims regardless of who caused the accident.
If you live in a no-fault state, you should definitely inform your insurance company about the accident. Even if you do not live in a no-fault state, you should still contact your insurance company regardless, as an agent can inform you as to whom to file a claim with as well as what your policy does cover, if anything, in terms of damages.
Contact a Truck Accident Attorney
The final things you should do if you were injured in a truck accident is contact a truck accident lawyer. An experienced and aggressive lawyer can help you investigate the claim and gather the evidence necessary to prove your case.
Some such evidence includes the following:
- The speed at which the truck was travelling at the time of the accident;
- Information on the truck’s age, condition, and maintenance records;
- A report of the driver’s history;
- The truck’s “black box,” GPS information, and the driver’s log book;
- Witness statements from first responders and eyewitnesses;
- The company’s accident history;
- The transportation company’s policies and procedures regarding maintenance and safety; and
- The relationship between the driver and the carrier.
If necessary, the right lawyer can also help you find an expert who is willing to testify about the possible negligence of the trucker and the company for which he or she worked.
If you were injured in a truck accident, do not wait until hospital bills have begun to pile up and your injuries grow progressively worse to contact a truck accident lawyer. Contact My25%Lawyer today to discuss the value of your case and your possible legal options.