The moments following a serious truck accident are often frightening, stressful and hectic. It’s normal not to be thinking clearly. But, if possible, there are several things you can do that may make your recovery much easier down the road.
To best position yourself to seek the compensation you need to recover and move on, it’s important that you follow these steps.
While At the Truck Accident Scene
- Stay calm. Call 911 if you or anyone else involved in the crash is injured.
- Get the name and insurance information of the truck driver and any other drivers involved. Find out what trucking company the driver works for.
- Get the names and contact information of any witnesses. This may be very helpful when an attorney is building your truck accident case.
- If possible, take photographs of the scene, the damage and your injuries.
- Cooperate with police, but do not discuss the crash in detail. Get a copy of the police report.
- Provide only basic information to insurance companies. Do not admit fault to anyone, and do not give a statement without speaking to an attorney.
- Contact a truck accident attorney at Pierce Skrabanek.
Of course, your medical needs are your first priority, and it’s possible you may be unable to do these things due to your injuries. If that’s the case, our attorneys will obtain this information in the course of our thorough investigation. We have experience building truck accident cases.
Do not flee the accident scene under any circumstances. You may be committing a crime if you do so.
The Days After the Truck Accident
Seek Medical Attention
Even if you believe your injuries are minor, it’s important that you schedule an appointment with your doctor. Many injuries may not be immediately apparent, especially head trauma and internal injuries.
Seeing a doctor will also ensure that your injuries are documented, which may help your attorney build a truck accident case on your behalf. It’s important that you keep all medical bills and any other documentation related to your treatment.
Notify Your Insurance Company
You should notify your insurance company immediately if you’ve been in an accident with an 18-wheeler, or any other vehicle, for that matter. Provide the basic facts, but do not admit fault of give a statement to any insurance company until you’ve spoken to a lawyer. Once you hire an attorney, your attorney will deal with insurance companies.
Be careful when talking to insurers. If you’ve been injured, they may offer you a settlement to compensate you for your medical expenses. Do not accept it. The settlements and verdicts our truck accident attorneys can obtain are generally much higher than a settlement offer from the company.
Insurance companies aren’t on your side. The less they pay you, the more money they make. They are multi-billion dollar corporations.
Your attorney won’t let a company take advantage of you. A lawyer’s job is to stand up for you and act in your best interests at all times. That’s why you need to contact Pierce Skrabanek if you’ve been injured in a truck accident in Texas.
Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney
If you were seriously injured in a truck accident, we know that hiring an attorney is something you wish you never had to do. Many people who call us are hesitant about getting a lawyer. We understand, but we want to tell you why hiring an attorney may be the best way for you to get past this accident.
Filing a truck accident lawsuit may be the only way to get compensated for the financial havoc this accident has caused. Our attorneys always seek the maximum amount of compensation possible. While it can’t change what has happened to you, it can offer improve your life going forward.
Our lawyers can seek compensation for:
- Ambulance rides, hospital stays, surgical procedures
- Follow-up doctor visits
- Physical rehabilitation, including any assistive equipment necessary
- Income you lost because you were unable to work, or will be unable to work in the future
- Pain and suffering
A consultation with a truck accident attorney at Pierce Skrabanek PLLC is always free and without obligation. We want to tell you what we can do to help you in this tough time. Call us today or contact us online to discuss your options.