… According to the National Safety Council, around 147,000 injuries involving big rigs occurred in 2020. However, when you are injured in a truck collision, more than the driver may be held responsible for your trauma.
What to Do After You’ve Been Injured in a Truck Accident
A truck accident involving a big commercial vehicle often results in serious trauma to others. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, around 147,000 injuries involving big rigs occurred in 2020. However, when you are injured in a truck collision, more than the driver may be held responsible for your trauma. This is what an injury lawyer does in part. Your injury lawyer can determine what party/parties can be held liable for your accident injuries so that you can obtain all the compensation that you deserve.
What Should I Do After an Accident Injury?
To protect your claim for compensation, you need to do the following:
- Call to report the accident to the police right away. When officers arrive at the scene, they will investigate to help determine how it happened and will complete a report on the accident. If you are injured but not seriously, ask for a copy of that report, which helps document the truck accident.
- Seeking medical care as soon as possible is important to safeguard your health and document your injuries. First responders with the local fire department can either treat you at the scene or transport you to a hospital if your injuries are more serious.
- Exchange information with the truck driver. Obtain their name, phone number, address, and insurance information and find out who the driver works for. Some work for companies, while others are independents. All truckers are obligated to carry large insurance policies to cover injuries in the event of a truck accident.
- If the trucker works for a company, they often send out their own insurance adjusters and attorneys, who may pressure you to sign off on a claim for a small compensation. Your injury lawyer can handle negotiations for you to obtain the compensation that you deserve.
- Witnesses to your truck accident can provide corroborating statements, and in some cases, may have even captured the collision on their cell phones. Make sure you get contact information from all witnesses to the accident, which can be used by your attorney to provide additional evidence in your case.
- If it is possible, take photos of the vehicles and accident scene, including location, nearby surveillance cameras and roadway conditions. These can help support your claim for compensation. If you are unable to take photos and you are accompanied by others in your vehicle, ask them to take the photos for you.
- Call an injury attorney who handles truck accidents. Your attorney will ensure that evidence in your case is gathered to support it, can determine who is liable (trucker, trucking company, etc.) and can determine how much compensation you should receive. The lawyer can take over handling all the particulars of your personal injury claim, so you can concentrate on recovering in peace.
Call the Roeser Law Firm for Help After a Truck Accident Injury
To arrange a free case review, call the Roeser Law Firm at (202) 660-4070. Our online contact form is also available for your convenience. There is no substitute for an attorney’s assistance in truck accidents, which can cause serious injuries. We work hard to protect your rights and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.