Commercial trucks can be quite scary to share the road with. Getting into an accident with them can be even scarier. If you’ve been in a collision with a commercial truck, then there are steps you need to take to ensure that you are adequately compensated for the damages. Let’s take a look at the steps you need to take.
Get Help Quickly
The first step following any car accident is to seek medical attention if you need it. Even if you feel that your injuries aren’t serious, you should still see a doctor. Some injuries take time to present themselves, and in the event that you are seriously injured, medical attention early will cut down on the possibility of long-term damage. Not only that, but delaying your doctor’s visit can lead to future insurance companies doubting your claims down the line. So, if you’re in an accident, the first thing that you should do is call the police.
Stay Where You Are But Be Safe
Though you cannot leave the accident by law, you need to make sure that you’re staying safe following the accident. This is particularly true if you are injured. First responders will likely take you to the hospital if your injuries are serious enough, but otherwise, you’ll have to stay put. Staying on the scene is necessary to gather the information that you will need to file a claim.
Gather As Much Information as You Can
You’ll need names, contact information, driver’s license numbers, and insurance information from all of the people involved. For the commercial truck driver you should also make sure to write down the name of their trucking company, their United State Department of Transportation serial number, and as much detail as you can gather about the incident. The more information you have, the more prepared you will be to mount a case. Along with writing down information, you should also take photos of everything you can that might be of value. It’s far better to have too much information than not enough.
Get a Lawyer
To pursue damages, you will need an experienced lawyer on your side. They can help you get the compensation that you need to pay your medical bills, get your car fixed, or address anything else you may need. An accident with a commercial truck can have serious, lasting consequences, but you don’t have to face them alone.
Find the Help You Need with Ross W. Albers
The Law Office of Ross W. Albers has a lot of experience with personal injury cases of all kinds and we can help you with yours. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, then you may be entitled to thorough compensation. Contact us today for more information or to set up a free consultation.