Accidents involving large trucks are often catastrophic in nature due to their massive size. Whether the collision occurs between a truck and a car or motorcycle, the outcome is often deadly. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 4,102 deaths in crashes involving large trucks in the United States in 2017.
These accidents are not only catastrophic but can become very difficult to navigate from a legal standpoint. In accidents such as these, the difficulty in the legal process comes from the fact that there are often multiple different parties that can be held liable for damages including the driver, the trucking company, and the trucking manufacturer. If you or a loved one is injured in a truck accident, there are steps that you can follow to ensure that you are compensated fairly for your loss.
8 Things You Need to Do After a Truck Accident
1. Make Sure Everyone is Okay
Your immediate action after getting in a truck accident is to check on all parties in all vehicles involved in the collision. If anyone is injured, or you suspect that anyone may be injured, call 911 immediately.
2. Call the Police
Even if nobody involved in the collision is injured, it is important to notify the Police that the collision occurred and request that they generate an accident report. This accident will serve as evidence in support of your claim.
3. Gather Pertinent Accident Information
You should gather the following information from all parties involved in the accident: name, contact information (phone number and address), insurance information (policyholder and policy number), and vehicle information (year, make, and model).
4. Take Pictures
If able, you should use a cell phone or camera to take photos of the vehicles involved in the accident, as well as the location of the collision. Documenting in photos things such as road conditions, weather conditions, traffic conditions, and vehicle damage can help to support your claim.
5. Be Mindful of What You Say
It is very important to be mindful of what you say in the aftermath of a truck accident. You should never make any admission of fault, nor should you make any assertions as to who you believe was at fault for the collision.
6. Gather Witness Information
Speak with anyone in the area who can speak to the road conditions, weather conditions, and traffic conditions. Gather their contact information. This is particularly helpful if they were eyewitnesses to the collision itself.
7. Seek Medical Attention
Even if you do not believe that you are injured, it is important to get checked out by a medical professional. Often individuals involved in truck accidents do not realize that they are injured until days or even weeks after an accident.
8. Call an Alabama Truck Accident Injury Attorney
Truck accidents can cause insurance companies substantial amounts of money. As a result, immediately following a truck accident, they have a team of investigators and experts analyzing the accident in order to try to limit their own liability. If you or a loved one are involved in an accident with a big truck, you will want an experienced attorney in your corner when facing the at-fault insurance company. The attorneys at Stokes Stemle will fight with you against the insurance companies to ensure that you are fully and fairly compensated for your damages.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler contact Stokes Stemle today at (334)316-4123 for a free case evaluation with our experienced attorneys. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.