After a Truck Accident, Taking these Steps Can Protect You
The aftermath of a truck accident can be as disorienting as it may be devastating. Knowing what to do, however, can help you start taking the right steps to protect yourself and a future claim to financial recovery.
Following a Truck Accident…
Remain at the scene and call police immediately
Police responding to an accident can help divert traffic, clear the wreckage and get injured people help. These officers will also conduct their own investigations into a truck accident, and their findings and investigation reports can be important to establishing negligence later.
Seek medical attention from emergency responders
Even if you are not feeling terribly hurt in the minutes or hours following a truck accident, make sure you let emergency responders check you out to determine whether you may be in need of any emergency medical care. The shock and adrenaline surge that can come with an accident can prevent you from being aware of just how badly injured you may be. Additionally, taking this step can start to create documentation about the severity of the injuries you sustained in the truck accident.
Collect information from the other involved drivers
If you are able to, exchange identifying/contact/driver-related information with the other motorists involved in the collision. In addition to noting the names and phone numbers for each involved driver, be sure to also note each party’s driver’s license number, license plate number, insurance provider and policy number.
Take pictures of the damage if you can
Snap as many photos as you can of the damage to your vehicle, the other involved vehicles and any other surrounding objects (like guardrails, signs, etc.). Also, try to take pictures that show the entire accident scene and any visible injuries you/others may have sustained. These photos can document important aspects of the crash damage, possibly making them critical evidence later.
Report the accident to your insurance provider
As soon as reasonably possible, contact your insurance provider to report the collision. When doing this, be aware that you do NOT have to give any official or recorded statements immediately. And be careful not to admit or get tricked into confessing fault in the collision, as this can negatively impact your future financial recovery.
Contact the Law Offices of Pius Joseph
When you are ready to get on the path to financial recovery following a truck accident, contact a Pasadena truck accident lawyer at the Law offices of Pius Joseph. In fact, this is really the only necessary step to take following a truck accident, as our lawyers can help accident victims protect their rights, deal with insurers and obtain the full amount of compensation to which they are entitled.
Contact a Pasadena Personal Injury Lawyer at the Law Offices of Pius Joseph
Contact a Pasadena personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Pius Joseph for vigorous representation and effective legal advocacy after a truck accident. You can call us at (626) 397-1050 or email us via the contact form on this page to learn more about how we can help you.
From offices based in Pasadena, we provide superior representation and service to injured people throughout Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Orange County, San Diego County and the state of California.