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What Should I Do at the Scene of a Truck Accident?

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What Are First Steps I Should Take at the Scene of a Truck Accident?

After a truck accident occurs, there are steps you need to take not only to protect yourself physically from harm’s way but from a legal perspective as well. If you are able to do so, complete the following steps at the accident scene:

Once you have completed these steps, you will likely need to call an experienced truck accident attorney to begin the insurance claim process. If the insurance companies are not able to provide you with adequate compensation, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit.

What Should I Say to the Police After a Trucking Accident?

truck rear ends car in tailgate accidentOnce you are out of harm’s way following a truck collision, knowing what to say or not say to the police is key to your truck accident claim. What you say becomes part of the accident report, which is a crucial record for your claim. The insurance company will be using the police report to determine who was at fault for the accident so you will want to make sure the account is accurate.

If you were in the accident, you will be in a high emotional state at the accident scene, making your ability to give a statement extremely stressful. You may admit fault where you are not liable at all.

According to the U.S. General Services Administration, truck drivers are not to sign or make any official statements as to who was at fault except to their supervisor or a federal government investigator. This is important because the police report is not to establish fault but to acknowledge what occurred from your perspective and any potential witnesses.

If you are the driver of the car, you should follow the same process. Stick with the details of the accident and do not offer an opinion about what happened or who you think may be at fault for the accident.

What Information Should I Provide to the Truck Driver?

You and the trucking company or driver can exchange the following information:

Keep a Record of Expenses Related to the Truck Accident

In addition to the steps you take at the accident, start documenting any expenses and serious injuries that resulted from the truck collision.

This includes:

The successful accident claim will be fully documented with medical treatment, the information about the vehicles involved, and a timeline of how the accident happened. The more information you can provide to your truck accident lawyer, the more quickly they will be able to reach a fair settlement with the insurance adjuster or the party you sue.

Will My Insurance Company Help Me with My Truck Accident?

When the commercial truck collision occurred, you believed your insurance coverage was sufficient. However, when it comes to financial recovery, even if you have the proper policies,  your insurance company is not always in your corner.

The goal of your policy provider is to make sure the at-fault party pays out for the majority of the losses in the collision. But, if you live in a state where each driver’s insurance covers their policyholders’ loss, you will likely be coming up short on compensation.

A personal injury lawyer can help to build a claim with the insurance company to get you the appropriate financial compensation.

In cases where the insurance company is unable to provide you with the money you need, the legal process of filing a lawsuit against the other driver may be required.

A Lawsuit Against the Truck Driver May Be Needed

If the next phase of your accident is to sue, an experienced truck accident lawyer will be able to take on the trucking company’s insurance carrier to cover losses relating to the accident. Remember, in some cases, it can be multiple parties responsible for the accident.

For example, if a truck driver was found falling asleep at the wheel at the time of the accident, they may be held liable for the crash. But after a thorough investigation, your truck accident lawyer discovers that the truck driver was under orders of his employer to disregard the hours of service regulations so the shipment can reach its destination earlier than expected. In this case, the trucking company may be held responsible for the crash.

No matter who you need to take action against, you as the injured person in large truck collisions needs to have an experienced truck accident law firm on your side.

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If you suffered severe injuries in a commercial vehicle accident, you need to schedule a free legal consultation as soon as possible.

A respected personal injury attorney at Regan Zambri Long will get the best results possible for your case. Find out how we can help you with your truck accident case in a free, no-obligation consultation. You don’t pay until we win.

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