Drivers on freeways, city roads, and even parking lots are required to share routes with large semi trucks, 18-wheelers, buses, and other substantial vehicles. And of course, the drivers of these large commercial vehicles must share the road with us. Although truck drivers go through training and certification in order to prove their ability to follow the rules of the road, when these rules are ignored, overlooked, or forgotten, accidents can happen. And sadly, when they do they rarely turn out well. Today, our Tampa personal injury attorneys share what you should do after a semi-truck accident.
Stay at The Crash Scene
After a truck accident, remain at the scene until authorities and medical help have arrived. Move the car if needed for safety. But if possible, leave the vehicle in the position where it came to rest after the crash. This will give you the best chance of maintaining the evidence of what caused the wreck and the damages and injuries that resulted from it.
Call 9-1-1 For Help
These large truck accidents can often mean severe injuries and even fatalities. Safety is your very top priority after a semi-truck accident. If you can, call emergency services right away by dialing 9-1-1.
If you are physically able, you should also check on any other possible victims and then wait for the police to get there. Always be sure to get medical treatment even if you do not believe you have sustained an injury, as some symptoms take time to develop. Documentation is key in the case of future personal injury claims.
- The Semi Truck Driver’s Name & Company Name
- Company Contact Information
- Semi-Truck Information including License Plate Number & Insurance
- What was being hauled/shipped
- Witnesses – You should ask anyone who witnessed the accident to stay at the scene until the police arrive and take down statements from them.
- Take photos of the damages to your vehicle and the semi-truck
- Note road conditions and traffic signals as this may also be used in your personal injury case
Once checked by medical personnel, you’ll also want to make sure you list any injuries that have been sustained. Be as thorough as you can; details are key getting the very best possible settlement or award of money damages from a semi-truck accident lawsuit.
Have Your Case Evaluated by A Truck Accident Lawyer
When you’ve been involved in a semi-truck accident, you don’t want to go it alone. It’s important to have experience on your side with someone who knows how to fight big insurance companies, who often dispense huge sums of money into protecting their truckers. Attorney John Castro of Anton Castro Law is here to help you with your truck accident personal injury case. With our experienced Tampa, FL lawyers you’ll know your best interests are being represented. Contact us today for a free consultation.