Semi truck accidents are usually the most dangerous and deadly on the road. These massive vehicles weigh as much as forty tons. When they collide with a car that’s just two tons, the result is often a tragic disaster. Knowing what to do after a truck accident is critical.
One of the most important things you should do after a truck accident is to find out if anyone’s injured. First, check yourself for any obvious injuries. If you haven’t suffered any major injuries, check any passengers, as well as the truck driver.
Call 911 as soon as possible. If anyone is injured, don’t move them unless their life is in immediate danger, such as if a vehicle is on fire. Moving an injured person after a wreck could make the injuries much worse. Wait for a professional first responder. If there are no serious injuries, get everyone to a safe location as soon as possible.
Once everyone is safe, you need to exchange information with the truck driver. This includes contact information, the truck driver’s license information and your insurance. You should also gather any information you can on the cab, the trailer and whatever the driver was hauling at the time.
You should also take notes of what the accident scene looked like. What was the weather like? How were the road conditions? Be sure to get pictures of any vehicles involved, including damage to the vehicles, any skid marks from the truck, any fixed objects that were struck, and any other relevant details.
Seek Medical Attention
When you call 911 at the scene of the accident, you should get checked out by a first responder. But even if you don’t have any obvious injuries at first, you should go to the doctor in the days after the wreck. You may have hidden injuries that need to be treated.
If the doctor gives you a treatment plan, be sure to follow it. You should also document any injuries and any treatment you’re given, because it can be very helpful if you file a lawsuit.
Don’t Talk to the Insurance Company
Both your insurance company and the representatives for the trucking company will try to contact you and get details of the wreck. Don’t tell them anything beyond the very basics. Tell your insurer you were in a wreck, and any basic details.
Don’t go into who was at fault, or even what happened. This could be used against you later to offer you a low settlement. You don’t have to tell the trucking company representatives anything. The more you say to the insurance company and those representatives, the greater the risk you won’t get the settlement you deserve.
If you were injured in an accident with a semi truck in South Florida, and you weren’t at fault, you could be entitled to compensation for lost wages, injuries and more. Call Steinger, Iscoe & Greene today to see how much we can get you!