Immediately following an 18-wheeler accident, survivors who are injured often feel overwhelmed, stressed, and in shock even if their injuries do not appear to be serious. That’s why, especially if you drive a truck for a living, it may be a good idea to consider in advance what you may be able to do if you ever find yourself in an accident that may involve an injury. This may help your truck accident lawyer build the strongest possible case on your behalf.
After 18-Wheeler Accident – Safety First!
Immediately following an 18-wheeler accident, your first concern must be your own safety. Stay away from traffic and obey the instructions of any first-responders or medical personnel on the scene. Once you are sure you or someone else with you can safely move around, collecting information is important and can help build your case.
Get Contact Information from People at the Scene of the 18-Wheeler Accident
While at the scene of the 18-wheeler accident, it is critical to obtain the insurance and contact information for the 18-wheeler driver, owner of the 18-wheeler, and all witnesses and other persons involved in the accident. Additionally, the “DOT” number and licenses plate on the 18-wheeler should be recorded and photographs of the accident scene and of all vehicles involved in the accident should be taken.
Take Photos at the Scene
If you are able, try to take pictures of the entire scene, including damage to both vehicles and any debris and any skid marks on or around the roadway or shoulder. There’s no such thing as taking too many pictures after an 18-wheeler accident.
Take Care of Yourself First!
No matter how minor your injury may seem, you must seek medical help following an accident. Accept help from first-responders and follow their instructions. Some symptoms may not seem severe right after your accident but can have serious long-term effects and it’s crucial to visit a doctor even if you’re not sure you’ve been hurt.
The Russell Law Firm Can Help
The Russell Law Firm represents injured victims if 18 wheeler accidents. Our firm is experienced and highly skilled in handling injury and wrongful death claims arising from 18-wheeler, trucking, and car wrecks. If you or someone you know has suffered injuries from an 18-wheeler, trucking, or car wreck, make the Right Call, Right Now and contact the Russell Law Firm, at (225) 307-0088. We’ll take a fierce but personal approach towards getting you the compensation you deserve.
**Information furnished herein is only general and not a substitute for personalized legal advice.
By: Danny Russell, Baton Rouge area personal injury attorney, licensed in Louisiana and admitted in the following courts:
- All Louisiana District Courts
- All Louisiana Appellate Courts
- Louisiana Supreme Court
- U.S. Middle District Court of Louisiana
- U.S Western District Court of Louisiana
- U.S Eastern District Court of Louisiana
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
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