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What to do After you are Involved in a Truck Accident

After an accident with a commercial truck or tractor-trailer, chances are good you will be frightened and shaken up. Additionally, many truck accident victims have suffered serious, perhaps even permanent or life-threatening, injuries. Victims likely are focused on the here and now, and not on preserving evidence for a future court case. However, there are some important steps every truck accident victim should try to remember to take in order to better their chances of eventual recovery in a court case. The following are some examples of actions that truck accident victims should try to remember so a Coweta County truck accident attorney can best help you recover.

 

  • Call 911.  If injuries have occurred, make sure an ambulance is requested. Even if no ambulance is necessary, you still want to contact law enforcement authorities.
  • Request a medical evaluation if necessary and make notes of everything they said about your injuries and the injuries of others.
  • Write down all the details of the accident that you can, including any adverse road conditions or hazards, adverse weather conditions, and more.
  • Make notes of the truck driver’s demeanor—did he appear to be intoxicated or tired?  Does he have a valid commercial driver’s license?
  • Take down the names and contact information for all other involved motorists or potential witnesses at the scene.
  • Give a detailed account of your version of events to the police.
  • Take photos of the damage to your vehicle and any damage to other vehicles involved.
  • Visit a doctor and keep records of all of your doctors’ appointments, medical bills, and other related expenses.
  • Request a copy of the police report in order to make sure your version of events was correctly reported.

Contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney today for a free consultation

You should also always contact an experienced truck accident lawyer to discuss a possible legal claim and find out your best options for recovery. Do not hesitate to call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999 for help.

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia