Due to the enormous size of tractor-trailers, truck-involved accidents are often the most severe types of road accidents one could get into. However, due to their importance to state economies such as West Virginia and Ohio, it’s likely that you’re going to see more trucks on the road rather than less of them. That’s why it is important to know what to do if you are ever in an accident with one. Read on to learn what you should be looking for, collecting and providing to your judge in order to seek the proper compensation/justice.
No matter whose fault it is, the very first thing to do after having a motor vehicle accident is to seek medical attention for yourself and/or the other driver. Even if you’re not seriously injured, it is still important to have a medical professional examine you. The reason for this is that some pain may not appear until much later due to your adrenaline rush.
Speak with police
Never take any type of deal with the truck driver, no matter how minimal the damages. Always speak with a police officer and allow them to paint a picture of the accident with their own records. Afterward, you are going to want to ask for a copy of the police record as a means to prove fault.
Take pictures/video of the scene
If you’re okay, it is in your best interest to take pictures/video of the scene. This will help emphasize and prove the written statement given to the police officer by both parties.
Collect this critical evidence
Truck companies have large legal teams ready to challenge any legal battle, so it is important for you to have all the proper documentation to prove that this was not your fault. Be sure to collect information such as:
• Dispatch conversations
• The truck driver’s personal cellphone record
• The truck driver’s certification records
Do not give statements
One of the most common mistakes made by civilian motorists is talking to a trucking company representative or attorney. They are not your friend and may be actively seeking to have you falsely admit wrong-doing. If they are persistent, they should speak with your attorney instead.
Being involved in an accident with a truck can be scary and potentially dangerous. Thus, it is important to have the proper legal representation when seeking justice and compensation in court.