If you are involved in an accident with the commercial vehicles commonly known as Semi-Trucks, if you are physically able to do so, there are some steps that you should take that can help get you through the experience as smooth as possible.
First, call the Police. Contacting the authorities is important to both making sure that everyone who needs medical treatment gets it as well as formally documenting the accident in case you have to file a lawsuit.
Usually, truck accidents cause more severe injuries, leading to larger settlement amounts. Getting an accurate police report from the authorities is a crucial piece of evidence that will be used to prove fault in your accident and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
Second, Gather Evidence. If you are able to, you should gather as much evidence from the scene of the accident as possible. The important pieces of evidence you should try and get include:
- Pictures of both vehicles and Injuries
- Drivers Credentials
- Witness Statements
- Police Report
- License Plate and Serial Numbers
You can gather this information with notebooks, word processing apps, or even on cell phone cameras. By gathering relevant evidence, you strengthen the potential lawsuit you may have, potentially leading to a larger financial settlement to compensate your losses.
There is more evidence that can be gathered after the scene. Examples of such are accident reconstructionists, black box data, maintenance records and other expert witness statements. Your personal injury lawyer will help you gain access to such evidence.
Third, Contact a Personal Injury Attorney. Semi-Truck Accident Injury cases can become incredibly complex, due to the severity of injuries and the amount of parties that could be held responsible. Speaking with an attorney early on can prevent you from making any mistakes that could negatively impact your accident claim, ensure your legal rights are protected, and increase the value of your settlement.