3. Exchange Information. This is where a truck accident can greatly differ from a car accident. Nowadays, trucks and trucking companies often have “Accident Kits” in the event the truck is involved in an accident. These kits will include a camera, a pre-printed accident report, and instructions for the driver, including how to answer questions from the police and exchange information with other drivers. In addition, truck drivers have direct communications with dispatchers and supervisors who can and will direct them on how to handle an accident. Being aware of these possibilities, it is best for you to be on your guard with your answers and communicate through the police. If the truck driver is stating something that is blatantly incorrect, let the police know. You should also take pictures of the damage if you have the ability to do so prior to leaving the scene. Sometimes, a trucking company representative will come to the scene of the accident and conduct their own investigation, which often involves an attempt to shift the blame away from the truck driver. Again, it is important to be mindful of the training and intention of both the truck driver and any representative. If the police do not come, it is important to get the full names, addresses and telephone numbers of all people involved. If there were witnesses, it is critical to get their information as well so they can be contacted, if necessary, to verify how the accident occurred.
4. Seek Medical Attention. If you are injured or suspect that you might be injured, call an ambulance and go to the Hospital. When injuries occur in a truck accident, often emergency medical treatment is necessary and time may be of the essence in making sure that you receive the necessary and proper treatment for your injuries. The Police will often call the ambulance after assessing the situation. Also, this may become important to document where you have been hurt and the causal relationship between your injuries and the accident.
5. Contact an Experienced Attorney. If you are injured in a truck accident, it is critical for you or a family member on your behalf to contact an attorney who specializes in personal injury cases involving automobile accidents. The attorney will be able to conduct a thorough investigation, obtain all documents and photographs, and insure all paperwork is properly filed. This will allow you to do what is most necessary for yourself – recover your health and take care of your injuries without worrying if your rights are adequately protected.