According to a 2013 study published in International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, commercial trucks account for only 8 percent of US highway traffic, yet they’re involved in 11 percent of fatal road crashes. Hear that? Trucks are responsible for a disproportionately high number of deadly accidents. It’s a huge issue, especially here in Texas.
If you’ve been involved in a wreck with an 18-wheeler, you’re likely feeling both hurt and overwhelmed. You need a strong game plan to ensure your rights are protected. Here are 5 things you’ll never regret doing after a truck accident:
Take pictures of the vehicles and your injuries. Pictures are proof, and they’re invaluable. Take pictures of the scene of the crash if you’re able. If not, make sure you snap a few shots of your wrecked vehicle at the auto shop before it’s fixed. Then, get pictures of yourself – bruises, casts, cuts – to present to the jury when the time comes.
Get the medical care you need. Seems obvious, right? And yet, you’d be surprised how many people suffer untreated injuries after a semi collision because they’re worried about money. However, it’s essential that you get the treatment you need. Forgoing a visit to the doctor isn’t just bad for your health, but it will hurt your case later on.
Initiate an investigation right away. Time is of the essence here. After an accident, evidence from the scene will be quickly cleared away. That’s why you need an experienced advocate to examine the site, take pictures and preserve evidence that’s critical to protecting your rights. This step will help you get the compensation you deserve.
Have an expert examine your vehicle. Police reports often aren’t enough – they’re vague and may downplay the true damage that was done. An independent investigation can uncover valuable information about the speed the vehicles were traveling, the cause of the accident and who’s at fault.
DO NOT sign anything. Also, don’t talk with insurance carriers. Insurance representatives are looking for information to limit your claim. They want to pay out as little money as possible, and they’ll trick you into saying or doing things to get their way. An attorney can help you handle the insurance companies to prevent this kind of deception.