Truck accidents are extremely dangerous accidents. In fact, they are among the deadliest accidents on our roadways. If you have been injured in a truck accident, there are some first steps you should take to help protect your health and your case as you move forward.
First things first – if you have been injured in a truck accident (or any traffic accident) – it is critical that you assess your condition and call 911 if you think you have been seriously injured. Putting your health and wellbeing first is paramount. Further, it is essential that you carefully follow your doctor’s instructions to ensure your best prognosis and to help support your truck accident claim. If you do not take your injuries seriously, it can signal to the insurance company that your damages are less extensive than you claim.
Document the Accident
After you have dealt with the important issue of your health and wellbeing, the first step you should take is documenting the scene of the accident. This process should include as many of the following as possible:
- Take pictures and videos that document the accident from every conceivable angle. Do not forget to photograph any extenuating circumstances that may have played a role, such as inclement weather and/or a poorly maintained road.
- Take statements from eyewitnesses at the scene and record their contact information.
- Commit your memory of everything that happened in the course of the accident to paper. The hectic nature of such accidents can leave you with fleeting memories that quickly become hazy. Memorializing your thoughts can add veracity to your testimony when the time comes.
If you are unable to document the scene yourself, you can enlist a bystander to help you do so.
Preservation of Evidence
The fact is that the trucking company is almost certain to swoop in with what is referred to a rapid response team in order to get a handle on their most aggressive strategizing from the outset. Being proactive is essential, and this often means having your experienced personal injury attorney send a preservation of evidence letter to both the trucking company and the company’s defense lawyer. Once you have attended to your health and documented the scene of the accident, this preservation of critical evidence related to work-hour logs, records of rig maintenance, and records of inspections prior to trips can help strengthen your case immensely.
Do Not Delay Consulting with an Experienced Attorney
Truck accidents are extremely dangerous accidents that lead to extremely complicated personal injury claims. If you have been injured in such an accident, Brett Pritchard is a formidable personal injury attorney who is committed to building your strongest case in support of your rights and rightful compensation. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact or call us at 254-501-4040 today.