When you or someone you love is involved in a truck accident, it can be difficult to know what to do next. However, knowing what to do after an accident can help you protect your legal claim against the at-fault party.
The Cincinnati truck accident lawyers at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy can guide you through the process of filing a personal injury claim if you were injured in a truck accident. We may be able to help you obtain compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages.
Below are several steps you should take after being hurt in a truck accident to help protect your safety, defend your rights and begin building a valid case.
Get Medical Treatment
If you are injured, it is important to seek medical treatment. This can help you reach full recovery and help establish the seriousness of your claim to insurance companies and juries. It also establishes the link between your injuries and the accident. If you wait to get medical attention, it can negatively impact your health as well as your claim. The insurance company may argue that you were not injured or that your injuries stem from another cause.
It is also important to follow your doctor’s instructions for follow-up care. This can help you reach full recovery and mitigate your injuries.
Report The Accident
Do not leave the scene of a truck accident. Contact the police after the accident and wait for them to arrive. This is important because a law enforcement officer will be sent to investigate the scene. He or she may record important observations in his or her report. This report will contain information about the truck driver. It may also contain opinions about who the police officer believed was at-fault for the accident.
It is important to get as much information about the truck and the driver, including the following:
- Name of the truck driver
- Name of the trucking company
- Phone number for the driver and trucking company
- License plate number
- Insurance information for the truck
- United States Department of Transportation number
It is even more important in truck accidents to get this information because there may be more than one party that is held liable for the truck accident, such as the truck company, owner of the truck or company that loaded the truck.
Talk To Witnesses
It is also important to talk to witnesses who saw the accident. These individuals may be able to provide an objective perspective. Request the following information:
- Their name
- Their contact information
- A summary of what they saw
Your personal injury lawyer can review this information and contact witnesses who may be called to testify at a later court date or whose recollections may be included in a demand letter to the insurance company.
Pictures can help provide valuable context and preserve important evidence in a truck accident case. Take pictures from a variety of angles, including pictures of the following:
- Damage to the truck
- Damage to the vehicle
- Traffic signs near the accident
- Skid marks
- Debris on the roadway
Also, take pictures of your injuries as they progress over time. Ask your doctor or surgeon for any pictures that they keep as part of your medical records.
Contact A Lawyer
Truck accident cases are often very complicated and require legal representation from an experienced truck accident lawyer. You can bet that the trucking company will have a full legal team assembled to represent its interests. Having your own skilled personal injury lawyer can help level the playing field.
A Cincinnati Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
If you were injured in a truck accident, it is critical that you seek medical attention and consider contacting an experienced Cincinnati personal injury attorney for assistance. The skilled legal team at O’Connor, Acianni & Levy can help determine which parties are responsible for your injuries and can pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.
We provide a free, no-obligation consultation during which we can explore the legal options available to you. We also work on a contingency fee basis which means we do not get paid until you receive compensation. There is no risk to contact us to find out about how we can help, so contact us today to learn more.