Houston, TX- If you have been involved in accident with a large commercial truck you are probably, and understandably, shaken. You may be unsure what to do next, but there are certain steps you need to take to protect your legal rights and assure you are fairly compensated for the injuries you have suffered. Regardless of how frantic or frazzled you feel here are some things you should do following a truck accident.
Stay on the scene. Even if the accident is minor you as the victim should never leave the scene. You may have injuries that won’t manifest immediately and there are legal consequences for leaving the scene of an accident even if you are a victim and you could be charged with hit-and-run.
Notify the police. Anytime you are involved in any type of traffic accident you need to call the police. Sometimes at-fault drivers will try to convince you that police don’t need to be involved. Don’t make this mistake, accident reports are critical, especially if you are seeking compensation for your injuries.
Get immediate medical attention. It is important to get immediate medical care even of you believe you have not suffered any major injury. As stated above, you could have injuries that you don’t notice immediately. Brain injuries and internal bleeding may not be noticeable right away and can only be detected by a medical professional. When you see a doctor describe what happened during the accident and tell them about any symptoms however minor you might think they are.
Get names and numbers involved parties. Not only do you need to get the name and contact information of the truck driver and their company, but you should also get the names and numbers of any witnesses to your accident. The information they provide will help you prove fault when a you feel a personal injury lawsuit is necessary.
Take pictures of the accident scene if you are able. If you are unable to take pictures of the scene, enlist the assistance of a truck accident attorney or have a friend or family member take photos of the scene before it is cleaned up. Picture of accident scenes can give insight into the cause of an accident and help prove negligence.
Report the accident to your insurer. This is important since failing to report an accident to your insurer could result in denial of coverage. But don’t give them give them any information until you have sought the advice of a Houston truck accident attorney.
Keep good records. Truck accident victims should keep any receipts and records of medical care and vehicle repairs, these documents can prove the damages you have suffered as a result of a truck accident.
Contact a truck accident attorney. Truck accidents are very different than other traffic accidents. More parties can be responsible for your injuries and it takes someone well-versed in truck accidents to determine the cause of an accident and which parties are liable.