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 Shane Smith Law today at (980) 246-2656 for help.