If you are involved in a truck accident, you need to follow certain measures to make sure you are rightfully compensated for any losses or injuries. The steps you take after a vehicle collision, will determine the outcome of your personal injury claim. For a strong case, make the following steps before leaving the scene of the incident.
Call the Police
If your injuries are serious, dial 911 and the police dispatcher will send over emergency medical personnel. If you have not sustained serious injuries, call non-emergency law enforcement agencies from the area where the incident happened. After arriving at the scene of the collision, the police will begin investigations. If the collision involved two vehicles, the police will hand over traffic tickets to the guilty parties, and file a report regarding what happened.
After experiencing an automobile collision you may feel confused and disoriented afterwards, therefore, it is important to gather any helpful information immediately. Later, you may have a difficult time remembering the names of those involved, or other circumstances surrounding the accident.
Ask for the names, telephone numbers, and addresses of all parties involved in or who witnessed the incident. It might help to take the signed statements of witnesses. Jot down the vehicle identification number and license plate of the vehicles involved in the crash.
Before leaving the scene, take note of the time, date, and conditions that prevailed during the crash. It would also be helpful to take photographic evidence of the scene of the incident.
Seek Medical Attention
When the paramedics arrive, you might be admitted to the emergency room if you have sustained serious injuries. Ensure you give your insurance information to the emergency room services. Before leaving the hospital, seek out copies of your admission and all medical records including x-rays, MRIS, CAT scans, and doctors’ notes. This information will be important to your future physicians, and also when you pursue your insurance claim or make an injury lawsuit.
If you linger too long without seeing a physician, the insurance provider may reject your claim on the grounds that your injuries are not related to the crash. However, you should only get necessary medical treatment. Courts and insurance companies do not acknowledge claims for medical treatment, or experimental procedures that exceed the degree of a victim’s injuries.
Alert the Insurance Company
After your injuries have stabilized, notify your insurance provider, and that of the guilty party regarding your intention to make a claim. After reporting the crash to the insurance company, you will be assigned a claim number and your claim will be referred to a claims adjuster. The company will assign an insurance adjuster to assess your property damage, or any personal injuries you have sustained. Ladah Law Firm usually advises its clients to follow up their claims with the insurance company.
Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney
When you are involved in a crash, it is important not to admit to guilt even if you were partially liable for the incident. You should leave the law enforcement agencies, and insurance adjusters to deal with the investigations. In some cases, the police or insurance representatives may go overboard with their questioning hence the need to have a lawyer by your side to avoid self-incrimination. An attorney may also be helpful in cases where your injuries are critical to the point that you cannot gather evidence at the scene of incident. Furthermore, your attorney will be crucial in negotiating a fair settlement with your insurance provider.
Leaving the scene of a truck accident may ruin your chances for compensation if you fail to take the right steps. Before leaving the location of a crush, you should follow the steps outlined above to secure your claim.