After being in an accident with a large truck or tractor-trailer, you may be at a loss for what your next steps should be. Accidents of this nature can be complicated, involving several factors and multiple parties. It is in your best interest to work with a truck accident attorney in the Genesee County area who can help you navigate through the process in its entirety.
After stopping, inform authorities of the accident: If you are in an accident with a large truck or tractor-trailer, it is imperative you do not leave the crash scene. Ensure that you and any other passengers are out of danger, then assess if anyone is injured. If possible, turn on your hazard lights and move your car to the shoulder of the road. To help avoid another accident, light road flares and put up cones if you have them. Call 911 as soon as possible.
If no one is injured, contact the state highway patrol or local authorities. They will make an assessment of the situation after they arrive. Once that is finished, complete an accident report and adhere to any advice they provide. Remember to request your own personal copy of the accident report.
Procure medical attention: Regardless of the severity of the injury or whether or not you feel hurt, it is vital you acquire medical treatment. An elevated emotional state and adrenaline may prevent you from feeling any pain. If you are not assessed by a medical professional shortly after the accident, you may be interfering with your chance of being awarded compensation for your injuries.
Determine who else was involved in the accident: Be mindful of any logos or unique marks on the truck and other vehicles engaged in the accident. Though the driver of the truck may be at fault, the driver’s employer may also be liable.
Swap contact information: If the other party in the accident leaves the scene, it may be impossible to get their contact information leaving you on the hook for any associated costs. If you want to pursue a monetary award, the path will be much easier if you get their information at the scene of the accident.
See if there are witnesses: It is always a good idea to check for anyone who saw the accident transpire. Collect any legitimate statements yourself or get their contact information so your attorney may follow up. Their testimony may be valuable in your case.
Have records of the incident: Take photos of the accident scene including damage to your vehicle, the truck, and any property damage. The pictures may be used in court to establish who was at fault. Take pictures of your injuries as well. All of this evidence can be influential in the amount of money may receive.
We represent passengers, cyclists, pedestrians, bikers, truckers, and drivers who have been injured in an accident with a tractor-trailer or large truck. If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, have Nickola Law review your case for free. You may be eligible to recover monetary damages to cover your medical costs and other expenses. To schedule a free consultation, call 810) 767-5420 or click here to learn more.
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