Whether you’ve been involved in a big rig, large, or small truck accident that has caused injury to you or a loved one, our Phoenix truck accident lawyer will work hard to prove the at-fault party’s responsibility.
What Should I Do After a Truck Accident?
No matter the cause, a truck accident can lead to serious injuries. These may include whiplash, lacerations, broken bones, internal hemorrhaging, brain injuries, paralysis, spinal cord injuries, stress, and psychological issues. If you are involved in a truck collision, there are several steps you need to take.
Check Yourself and Others for Injuries
The first thing to do after you are involved in a crash is to check yourself and your passengers for injuries. If you are injured, stay where you are. It is best to wait for medical professionals to move you safely out of the vehicle. This can help protect your spine and internal organs from more damage in a severe crash.
Call the Police
Make sure someone calls the police and tells them the location and nature of the incident. Everyone involved should wait at the scene until police arrive. If you leave, even if you provide contact information, you can be charged with a hit and run.
Once the police arrive, you may be required to file a police report of the incident. You should avoid admitting guilt, even if you think you were at fault. It is up to the court to determine fault in an accident, and an admission of guilt can hinder your ability to pursue compensation.
Seek Medical Attention
After an accident, it is important to see your doctor right away. While some victims are seriously injured and go to an emergency room for medical treatment, others might feel fine and not get medical attention. However, if you wait to see a physician, and then you try to pursue compensation for injuries that appear after the accident, the insurance company may try to say your injuries did not result from the crash.
Even if you think you are fine, it is important to see your doctor. This can help ensure you don’t have any underlying tissue injuries that may not appear right away, as well as provide proof to support your claim.
The best thing you can do at the scene is gather evidence. Get the truck driver's information, the contact information of witnesses, the badge number of the responding police officer, and the license plates of everyone involved. You should also take pictures of the vehicle damage, as well as damage to your personal property items.
If possible, write down everything you can remember about the accident. You can also take pictures and videos of the scene using your phone. By gathering evidence at the scene, you can start building your case. This can support your argument as you seek compensation from the insurance company.
Hire an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney
Insurance companies will try to offer you the lowest settlement possible for your claim. Having knowledgeable legal assistance to guide you through the process can make a difference. A truck accident lawyer can work hard to make sure you get the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and other damages.
If you have been injured in a trucking accident, we can investigate the incident, gather evidence, and build your case. We know you are going through a stressful situation. That is why we work to handle the legal issues so you can focus on getting better. We care about each client, and can work hard to help you pursue the financial settlement you deserve.
File a Claim
After you are involved in an accident, it is important to file an insurance claim as soon as possible. Our office can take this headache off your plate and deal with the insurance company. The insurance adjuster will investigate the situation and determine how much you are entitled to. You should keep in regular contact with your attorney who will communicate with the insurance company, and provide any documentation they request throughout the process.
When you have been seriously injured, we know that legal issues may not be your top priority. However, getting the compensation you deserve can help you when you have medical bills, everyday expenses, or when you are forced to take time off work to recover.