Immediately following 18-wheeler accidents, 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.
Immediately following an 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
It is mandatory to exchange contact information with the other driver involved in a collision whenever possible. However, you can also try to locate witnesses. Often this will not be difficult as collisions – especially those involving very large vehicles – can attract a crowd. Make sure to collect all of their contact information so that your legal team can speak with witnesses later.
If you’ve just experienced a collision with a commercial truck, try to get the truck’s USDOT number. This is located on the rear side of the truck and can help you confirm the driver’s name, insurance company, and other information.
Take Photos at the Scene
If you are able, try to take pictures of the entire scene, including damage to both vehicles and any skid marks on the road or any other information you think might be important. There’s no such thing as taking too many pictures after a collision.
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
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident that was the fault of another party, you should seek legal representation as soon as possible. The Russell Law Firm is ready to assist! Simply call the number on your screen or view our contact page to learn more.