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Steps to Take After a Truck Accident

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Every year there are approximate 500,000 truck accidents in US. As a result, 130,000 people end up getting injured out of which 5,000 are fatalities. In Texas alone, truck accidents killed 601 people in 2015.

Getting involved in a truck accident is more common than anyone can imagine. If you have been injured in an accident or experienced property damage, then you must act as soon as possible to leverage your chances of getting a deserving compensation.

The Top Things You Need to Do

The first thing is to determine if you are alright. If you can stand up and function then follow the steps discussed below.

1.  Call the Local Authorities

Dial 911 and file an accident report with the police. It is an important step even if you think the damage is not considerable. Your accident report with the police can be used as evidence later on. Be sure to pass on all the details of the accident such as a suspected unsafe lane change.

2. Seek Medical Attention

You should always allow yourself to be medically treated even if you are not seriously injured. Some injuries cannot be detected without proper examination and it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Another important reason to accept medical attention is that it can be used to prove your injury from the accident. If you refuse it can be used against you while claiming compensation.

3. Collect Witness Information

If you find any witnesses who were present on the scene of the accident go and talk to them. Take their contact information so that you can get in touch with then if need arises.

4. Take Pictures of Damage

You don’t need a camera to take pictures of the damage caused to both vehicles or your property. Just use your mobile phone and take few quick snaps of the damage from an advantageous angle.

Make sure the damage is clearly visible in the pictures.

5. Seek Professional Legal Consultation

Your best bet of getting a rightful claim rests on your ability to consult a Texas truck accident lawyer at the earliest.

A professional lawyer will be able to understand your case and work the nuances to find the responsible party. He can also help you with collecting evidence, negotiating with insurance companies and lodge a claim for your medical and other expenses.

What you shouldn’t do after a truck Accident

You should refrain from a few things if you want your claim to be stronger and stand in court-

  • Don’t accept any responsibility or fault for the accident until you consult an attorney
  • Never file for compensation with your own insurance company
  • Don’t give a statement to the other driver’s insurance agent
  • Refrain from accepting the initial settlement offer from insurance
  • Don’t communicate or disclose information to the truck company on any grounds

How can a Texas Truck Accident Lawyer Help You?

An adept lawyer can ease a bit of your pain by ensuring your get the deserving compensation.

We advice you not to settle with initial settlements or even file a case with your own insurance company because they are both businesses and work on profit motive- that means they will always try to pay as little as possible.

Worried about how to go about it?

Get in touch with one of our professional truck accident lawyers today – and we will help set things up for you, including helping you get the compensation you deserve.

Resources:

  1. https://www.truckaccidentresourcecenter.com/truck-accident-statistics/
  2. https://www.autoaccident.com/truck-accidents-related-to-braking-or-jackknifing.html
  3. https://accidentattorneys.org/truck-accident/