Motor vehicle collisions involving large trucks are often devastating for the passenger vehicle occupants involved because tractor-trailers are so much larger than cars and can cause significantly more damage. There are federal regulations in place to prevent drowsy driving among truckers, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that many drivers violate these rules and drive for much longer stretches than permitted.
If you were injured in a collision with a trucker who was violating federal regulations, turn to the Robson Law Firm for comprehensive legal guidance. We have been representing the injured for more than two decades, and in that time, we have recovered more than $26 million for our clients. Call 512-345-8200 to schedule a free case evaluation with an injury lawyer in Austin.
Read on to learn five steps to take immediately after a truck accident:
- Call 911
If there does not appear to be any significant damage, the trucker may try to convince you not to call the police. It is essential that you report the collision, though, because the police report will serve as evidence should you decide to file a claim. Additionally, whiplash, internal bleeding, and traumatic brain injuries do not always exhibit symptoms immediately, so you may require medical attention even if you feel fine.
- Document the Collision
If you or one of your passengers is well enough to do so, document the scene of the accident. Take photos that show injuries, property damage, the positions of vehicles, skid marks, and traffic signs.
- Gather All Relevant Information at the Scene
Get the trucker’s contact and insurance information, as well as the name of the transportation company that employs him or her. Write down the truck’s U.S. Department of Transportation number. If there were any witnesses or other motorists involved, get their contact information, as well.
When police arrive at the scene, ask for each officer’s name and badge number. You should also get the number of the police report that they are going to file on your behalf.
- Seek Medical Attention
If you did not require emergency medical attention at the scene, you should visit your doctor for a thorough examination as soon as possible. Your provider will assess you for any internal injuries that may not be exhibiting noticeable symptoms just yet.
- Call an Accident Attorney
Once your health has stabilized, your next call should be to a seasoned injury lawyer. The sooner you call an attorney, the sooner you can start building your case to recover compensation for the damages you incurred.
Although you can file a claim on your own, insurance providers tend to take claims more seriously when they are filed by lawyers. Additionally, a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help you avoid accepting a settlement too early or making a recorded statement to the insurance adjuster.
If you would like to discuss your case with an accident attorney in Austin, contact the Robson Law Firm. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
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