Being involved in an accident is a scary time. They’re unexpected, expensive, and often come with the risk of severe injuries and that’s when you’re involved in a car accident.
When you’re involved in an accident with a truck things can be a little more serious. Trucks are huge vehicles that have the potential of causing huge damage to anything and everything that’s in their way.
There are, of course, things you can do to avoid being in a collision with a truck, like making sure you keep your distance and overtaking at a sensible time, but there are some occasions where this kind of accident is unavoidable.
Here we take a look at 4 steps you need to take if you find you’ve been involved in an accident containing a truck.
Check Yourself and Others for Injury
First things first, you have to ensure that you are ok following an accident with one of these enormous road trains. Fight or flight often kicks in when involved in an accident, so take your time to check yourself over properly.
Look to see if you have any cuts, bruises, or if you feel any pain anywhere in your body. Because of the adrenaline coursing through your veins, you might not feel it at first so take a few minutes to sit and think about where it could be hurting.
It’s imperative you check yourself first before getting out of the car or trying to leave, what could be, wreckage.
If you deem yourself fit enough to move, then get out of the car and check others for injury. Anyone that may have been involved, including the truck driver, should be checked over.
Because of the injuries that can be caused involving trucks and cars in accidents, it’s important to record any injury you may have sustained.
It’s important if you feel you’ll need to file for a personal injury lawsuit. If you feel this is the case, then you’ll need to get hold of an attorney that specializes in truck accidents.
They will have all the knowledge needed within this section of the law to help you navigate and compile a winning case.
No matter what kind of accident you’re in, it’s always essential to call 911. They need to be informed of a number of different reasons, but the main one is everyone’s safety.
On arrival, the police will conduct a full investigation of what happened in the lead-up and during the accident.
The police are required to file a full report within 24 hours of being on the scene of an accident, this report is available to you and will more than likely help with your personal injury case if you decide to go that way.
The ambulance will check everyone over. Even if you believe you’re alright, it’s always best to get checked over fully by a medical professional.
They will be able to advise you on what to do next and if you need to go to your doctor or to the hospital for further treatment. It’s wise to record this information as it’s another good standpoint in your personal injury case.
The fire department, if called, will help move all debris from the road or in the most extreme cases, help cut any survivors out of wrecked cars. It’s always important to call 911 in the event of an accident.
Gather Information and Evidence
Gather as much information as you possibly can. That’s the main bit of advice given by any lawyer you’ll ever talk to if you’ve been involved in an accident. The more information you can provide for a case, the better chance you have of winning it.
Take photos of your car, the truck, any skid marks left on the road, anything you think that will be good for the case is worth a photo.
Other information that’s good to get is the other parties. Get their name, number, email address, insurance policy, car/truck make & model, license plates, any injury they might have sustained, the more information, the better.
Call Your Insurance
Your auto insurance will have it written into their policy that any time you are involved in an accident, you have to, by law, contact them and inform them of it. It’s not worth ignoring this as if you don’t it could render your policy null and void.
The point of informing them is so they can work out how much money they will need to payout.
If you’ve done everything else on this list and recorded everything you’ve done and it isn’t your fault, then your insurance company will act on your behalf and the other party involved will have to pay for everything.
There’s no point in skipping steps when you’re involved in an accident. Everything is there to try and help you through difficult and traumatic times.
Make sure you call the police and get treatment if you need it. The main thing to remember is to record everything, you never know when it’s going to come in handy.