When a traffic collision involves a big rig, it is usually the innocent people in smaller vehicles that get hurt the worst. You or your passengers may need to be transported to a hospital right away to receive treatment for serious injuries. If you don’t require immediate medical attention, take these steps before you leave the scene to strengthen your truck accident case:
- Notify the authorities: It is always smart to call 911 after you get in a crash. Sometimes, it is even required by law. The police can help manage the situation and provide you with a police report for future use.
- Get the truck driver’s information: As with any other accident, you’re going to want to get the name, contact information, and insurance information from the other driver. Since the other driver was behind the wheel of a big rig, you’re also going to need to find out if they work for a trucking company, work as an independent contractor, or operate the vehicle under a lease. These details will be important later.
- Interview witnesses: Look for bystanders at the scene and ask them to describe what happened. Get their contact information in case you need their testimony in the future. You never know when the truck driver or trucking company may try to rewrite the facts of the accident to avoid paying you the compensation you deserve.
- Take photos: Photos of the accident can be used as evidence when dealing with insurance claims adjusters. They can also be used to provide details about the incident to a jury if your case goes to court. Get pictures of your vehicle, the truck, the road, the weather conditions, and anything else that seems worth documenting.
After you leave the scene, be sure to visit a doctor for a checkup. Your adrenaline may have masked the pain from internal injuries at the time of the crash. Keep a copy of your paperwork because it may play a role in your claim.
Remember to use caution when dealing with insurance companies after a truck accident. You may say something that minimizes your compensation or accept a settlement that is far lower than what you deserve. You can also avoid these mistakes simply by speaking with our lawyers first.
Contact Copple, Rockey, & Schlecht for Help with Your Case
Our attorneys are motivated by the opportunity to help those who have been injured due to the negligence of others. We will take care of the details while empowering you to make the big decisions about your trucking accident case.
Call 402-218-2641 today to schedule a consultation with our team. Even if you were unable to do much at the scene of the crash, we can gather the evidence needed to support your case. Copple, Rockey, & Schlecht serves clients from Omaha, Norfolk, Lincoln, and other areas of Nebraska.