Did you know that trucking fatalities are at their highest level in thirty years?
Of course, not every trucking accident will result in death, but whatever happens, if you’re involved in a big rig accident, you’ll need to take some vital steps to protect yourself as soon as possible.
Dealing with the aftermath of an accident can be overwhelming, but our steps should help. Just follow them and you’ll be able to protect yourself and eventually move on from the whole situation as best you can.
1. Call the Police
Before anything else, you should call the police.
If the accident happened on a highway, your call should be routed to the local emergency responders and law enforcement agency. You should let the dispatcher know roughly the number of people involved, so the necessary help can arrive.
You should always get a police report, even if the accident doesn’t appear too serious. This way, you’ll have documentation of the accident and accurate records of the vehicles involved.
2. Get Treatment
Are you injured? Whether or not you think you’ve been hurt, both you and any passengers should be evaluated by a medical professional.
Even if you don’t feel hurt, you might have suffered something that doesn’t display symptoms at first. Should you need medical attention further down the line, it might be difficult to prove that it’s related to the trucking accident.
Request a comprehensive evaluation at a doctor’s office, or the hospital, if possible.
3. Document Everything
While a police report is definitely useful, it’s not the only piece of documentation that could come in useful.
If you’re unharmed and it’s safe to do so, take pictures and videos, as well as taking notes about weather conditions and other factors that could have influenced the collision. What were the real causes of the accident?
There might be evidence that serves as proof that any injuries or damage you’ve suffered were the fault of another individual, so it’s worth keeping things for your records.
4. Get Contact Information
As well as documenting everything, you should exchange contact information with other parties.
When it comes to the other driver, you should get their name, address, phone number, and email address, as well as their policy number and insurance company.
Get the details of the driver’s employer and trucking company too, and don’t forget about the license plate number.
Ask witnesses for their contact information too — just a name and a phone number or email address is all you need.
5. Consult a Lawyer
After an accident with a big rig, you should involve a lawyer as soon as possible.
They’ll be best-placed to help you get the settlement you require in order to cover everything — your negotiating power will increase, giving you a much better chance of getting what you deserve.
Following a Big Rig Accident
There’s a lot to consider after a big rig accident, but by following our steps you can make sure you’re well protected. From your health to your finances, you’ll be able to keep everything in check!
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