About 3 million semi-trucks use the roads in the US every year. Unfortunately, many 18-wheeler vehicles are involved in crashes due to poor roads, mechanical failures, or human error. The process of filing for claims after an accident involving 18-wheelers can be complicated because they are different from regular car accidents. If you have been involved in such a crash, you should immediately contact a truck accident lawyer who can protect your legal rights and ensure you get what you deserve. After a serious 18-wheeler vehicle accident and you have been fortunate enough to walk away with minor injuries, the following steps will guide you to protect your legal options.
Assess your condition
You should check yourself for any injuries or pain. You should also check the condition of your passengers and the drivers of the other vehicles involved in the crash.
Contact the police
You should call the local authorities and inform them about the accident. You should notify the dispatcher of the number of people involved so the necessary number of paramedics and ambulances are sent. Moreover, you should get a police report. A police report is instant and accurate documentation of the crash that may come in handy while filing for claims.
Get medical assistance
Even if you have not sustained any visible injuries, get a medical evaluation from a professional medic at the scene. You should also request a full evaluation at a medical center because you may have sustained internal injuries and bleeding. You should get checked as soon as possible because if you do it later, it may be difficult to prove that it was caused by the accident.
Take photos and get evidence
You should do this if you are not injured and if it is safe to be outside your vehicle. You can get documentation such as videos, pictures of the scene and vehicle damages, contact information, and other relevant information. You should also get information such as the other drivers’ addresses, phone numbers, insurance companies, license numbers, names, and other identifying information. You can also gather information from witnesses such as their names, phone numbers, or email addresses so you can give it to the police or investigators when they are investigating the crash.
Do an appraisal on your vehicle
Your car may look like it has not sustained damages but sometimes the damage can be internal and not visible to untrained eyes. However, you should not get repairs immediately because the repair expenses should be part of the insurance claim.
Do not admit fault
Even if you think you are at fault, do not say it out loud. Save all the details for your attorney. You may be liable, but there may be some factors that could reduce the liability and it’s the job of your attorney to find and bring to light these factors. If the police ask for a statement, do not lie but do not admit fault.
If you or a loved one are involved in an 18-wheeler crash, assess your condition, call the relevant authorities, get medical assistance and take evidence through pictures and videos. You should also collect the relevant information from those involved in the collision. Most importantly, you should contact an attorney for legal assistance.