A truck accident can be a traumatizing experience for everyone involved. Truck accidents generally result in serious injuries. The victims face financial difficulties because of the high costs of medical treatment.
Fortunately, victims can sue the guilty party to get compensation for injuries sustained in the accident. Here are some things that you should do right after a truck accident to increase the chances of a favorable court outcome.
1. Call 9-1-1
Right after a truck accident, you should call 9-1-1. Tell the emergency dispatcher about the accident and request to send the police and ambulance.
Make sure that you tell the police everything about the accident including minor and major injuries. You should also seek immediate medical help for injuries, even if you feel fine after the accident. This is important as some injuries such as whiplash can only be diagnosed after a professional medical evaluation. In addition, seeing a doctor will allow you to properly document your truck accident injuries. The documents can be presented in the court as an evidence to support your claim.
2. Get Information About the Other Driver
You should get information about the other driver at the scene of the accident. Tracking the guilty driver will be hard once he or she leaves the accident scene. Getting contact information will make things easier when seeking compensation for injuries.
You should ask the following important information from the driver:
· Name, phone number, and address of the driver
· Driver's driving license number
· License number of the truck
· Insurance company of the driver
· Employer's name and address
3. Write About the Scene of the Accident
During a truck accident case, you have to recall the details of the accident. To make sure that you remember even minor details regarding the accident, you should document everything. Make sure that you write down the events just before, during, and after the accident.
You should write about the accident scene as soon as possible after the accident. Some of the information that you should mention in the document include:
· The road condition at the time of the accident
· Weather conditions at the time of the accident
· Number of people who were injured in the collision
· The name of the responding law enforcement officer
· The cause of the accident
· Behavior of the driver
· Condition of the truck
The above information will prove valuable during a truck accident case. The information can also help prove liability of the guilty party.
4. Obtain Contact Information of Witnesses
It's important to talk to any witnesses after the truck accident. In case your injuries make it difficult to interview witnesses, you should ask your relatives or friends to talk to the witnesses.
Make sure that you ask their name, telephone number, and e-mail address. The witnesses who had seen the accident can help in supporting your claim in case the dispute goes to court. Some of the potential witnesses include other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians who were present at the scene of the accident.
5. Take Photos of the Scene
You should also consider taking photos of the scene of the accident. Take photos from different angles. You should take the photo of the truck, your vehicle, and injuries. Also, you should take snaps of the landmarks, intersections, skid marks, and any other details that could prove helpful in proving the fault of the guilty driver.
Preserving fresh evidence is critical in a truck accident case. The scene of the accident can change or be forgotten with the passage of time. Some truck accident cases take months to reach a settlement. Keeping photographic evidence will ensure that the details of the accident are preserved. You can refer to them to recall the accident scene.
6. Get Independent Damage Evaluation
The driver's insurance company will get an independent evaluation about the damage to the vehicle. However, in order to ensure that the damage assessment is accurate, you should consider getting an estimate for the repairs from one or two repair shops and vehicle replacement companies.
7. Avoid Talking to Anyone about the Accident
You should not talk to anyone about the accident other than the police and your truck accident attorney. Make sure that you don't speak with the insurance company of the driver without first consulting with the attorney.
When you receive a call from the insurance company's representative, you should remain polite and tell the representative that you won't discuss anything without first discussing with your attorney. Keep in mind that any meeting with the insurance company will be recorded. So, you should be careful about what you say during the interview.
8. Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney
Lastly, you should contact an experienced truck accident attorney soon after the accident. Trucking companies tend to destroy critical evidence. They can legally destroy evidence about the driver's hours, safety inspection, and other records after the crash. These records are important in proving a fault of the truck driver's company.
A truck accident attorney will get hold of information that will be useful in proving a truck accident case. The attorney will obtain copies of log books, pre-trip inspection report, and other records that can be used to prove the fault of the driver. Make sure that you contact the attorney before these critical documents are destroyed.
An expert tucks accident attorney will take the required steps for protecting important evidence and conducting negotiations with the insurance company. Since Ohio is a tort state, the guilty driver's insurance company must pay for the medical expenses and vehicle repair costs.
Christopher Jackson Law can walk you through the steps that are involved in proving a fault in a truck accident case. We can help you ensure that your interests are protected and that you get an adequate compensation for the losses sustained due to the truck accident.
You should get in touch with us today, if you want legal, professional help in your truck accident case in Ohio.