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What should I do at the scene of a truck accident?

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The first thing that you should do is to call 911. This will allow the police and medical first responders to be dispatched to the truck accident scene and to handle the emergency. After that call is made and you are out of immediate danger, then it is important to collect as much evidence as possible if you are physically able to do so.

Get the Following Evidence If You Can

While you are still at the truck accident scene, it is important to:

  • Take pictures. Pictures can provide valuable information about how the accident happened. You can use the camera on your cell phone to take photos of the position of the vehicles in the crash, the damage done to each vehicle, road conditions, weather conditions, and anything else that could be relevant to your recovery.
     
  • Take note of the names and contact information for all of the witnesses. Anyone who saw the accident happen or who stopped to help after the crash could be a valuable witness. Make sure to get their names, phone numbers, and email addresses.
     
  • Record the truck driver’s name and license information. This will help you identify the driver again later.
     
  • Write down the trucking company’s name and contact information. The trucking company is a potential defendant in the case and the insurance policy that covers the accident may be held by the trucking company. Accordingly, it is important that you have this information readily available as you move forward with a potential claim.

Of course, your physical condition and the specific circumstances of the accident may prevent you from gathering every type of evidence described above. However, this will not prevent you from filing a successful truck accident case.

Your truck accident lawyer will conduct a full investigation and determine what happened to cause your truck accident injuries. Then, you can take steps to pursue your recovery by filing a truck accident case and pursuing settlement negotiations.

For more information about how an experienced truck accident lawyer can help you get the evidence that you need to get the recovery that you deserve, please contact us online or call 800.800.5678. We would be happy to schedule a free consultation with you to discuss more tips for successful truck accident cases.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham