Getting into an accident with a Semi-Truck in Atlanta can be a terrifying experience. There is a risk that you end up with serious injuries, not to mention the effect that the whole ordeal can have on your mental health.
Then you have to worry about your hard-earned wages. Not only is there vehicle damage to be concerned by, but you’re also going to have to cash out for some medical bills.
With all of this crashing down on top of you, you can be left a little disorientated and confused as to what steps you need to take next.
Here at The Brown Firm, we have seen hundreds of truck accident cases throughout our careers. We’ve taken the knowledge we’ve gained from these and compiled a list for you to have a look at down below.
Table of Contents
- After The Accident
- The Days After
- Find A Lawyer
- Is My Insurance Going to be Affected?
- How Long is the Case Going to Take?
- How Much Does A Truck Accident Lawyer Cost?
If you have any questions regarding what we talk about, you can send us an email or a phone call for a free consultation, and one of our team members should be happy to help you.
Immediately After the Truck Accident
The steps to take immediately after your truck crash are crucial to both your health, as well as being able to put in a successful claim.
First things first, get yourself clear of any danger. If the accident happened at an intersection, for example, get yourself out of the way of oncoming traffic.
After that, call the emergency services. Due to the size of the Truck, Truck Accidents typically cause more severe injuries than a car accident. If other people have been injured in the accident and are unresponsive, ask the phone operator for advice on whether or not you should move them. Seek medical attention immediately if there severe injuries, or as soon as possible for non-life-threatening injures.
Once the police arrive, you’re going to need to fill out a police report for the accident. You need to get your hands on a copy of this. They should also issue a ticket to whichever driver caused the accident; you’re also going to want a copy of that, too.
Once the police have arrived, and things have calmed down somewhat, you need to call your insurance company or employer if you were on the job.
If you do call your insurance company, keep the details of the accident to a bare minimum, and tell them only the essentials. Get the contact information, such as their license, insurance, and phone number of the other driver in the accident, and write them down so you can reference them later. Also, make note of the trucking company.
You’re then going to want to take photos of the accident. Get some pictures of any damage to your vehicle, the truck, and any injuries that you’ve sustained.
If there are any witnesses, get a testimonial from them and get their contact information, such as their phone number.
The Days After
A Truck Accident can cause what is known as delayed onset damage. This is when your body suppresses pain by producing more adrenaline. Essentially, your body thinks it’s in a life or death scenario, so numbs the pain to help you get through it.
That’s great, but the issue this leaves is the accident victim can often walk away with a serious injury and not realize it and don't seek medical attention.
Damage to the neck, back, and head are all super common in truck accidents and are the type of injuries that are going to continue to cause problems if left untreated.
Get medical treatment as soon as you can, whether you think you need one or not. This is also going to help when you go to claim on your insurance.
Find a Truck Accident Lawyer
Once your injuries are assessed, you’re going to want to find a personal injury lawyer that specializes in truck accidents. When a Truck causes an accident the case will be more complicated than the traditional car accident, so you want to make sure that your attorney knows what they’re doing.
Find a Law Firm whose attorneys are experts and veterans in truck crashes. The type of Law Firm that you are seeking legal advice from needs to specialize in Personal Injury Law.
We get questions about what to do after a Truck Accident all the time. We’ve collected a few of these down below for you to have a look at some of our most commonly asked questions.
Is My Insurance Going to be Affected?
The only scenarios that should affect your insurance are if you caused the accident or it was a hit and run, and you have nobody to claim against.
How Long is the Case Going to Take?
Truck accident personal injury cases typically take between six to 12 months to settle in court, although that number can go up if the case has more complications.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire A Truck Accident Lawyer?
There are no upfront costs to hire a truck accident lawyer. This type of lawyer is a Personal Injury Lawyer, and they work on a contingency fee basis. This means the attorneys only get paid if the client gets a settlement. At that time they will collect a small percentage of the settlement for their legal fees. This is a benefit to a truck accident victim because it ensures that the attorney will fight for maximum compensation.
The Wrap Up
Hopefully, you walk away from this with a better idea of the steps you need to take after a truck crash.
It can be a stressful and challenging time, so don’t go through it alone. Here at The Brown Firm, we understand how difficult accidents can be. Our expert Truck Accident Lawyers can help you in any way they can, and are going to do everything in their power to get you the compensation that you deserve.
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