If you find yourself in an accident involving a commercial truck, you are likely feeling very overwhelmed. 18-wheelers are so much larger than the standard vehicle that the driver rarely walks away without either injury or a totaled car. Despite all of the emotions you might be feeling, it’s important to be proactive and take the right steps following the accident to protect yourself and any claim you might have for damages. Below are five common mistakes you should do your best to avoid.
Failing to Seek Medical Treatment
Following an accident with a truck, you should always seek medical treatment. Even if you walk away from the accident and feel fine in the immediate future, you should still go to the hospital. Sometimes, there are injuries that cannot be felt right away. These can be detected by a medical examination and perhaps save you pain and suffering later on. You also need medical documentation if you pursue damages. The more evidence you have of any injury caused by the accident, the better your case.
Not Calling the Police
The police should always be called after any vehicle accident—especially one involving a commercial semi-truck or 18-wheeler. The police will collect witness statements, take photos of the damage, and create a report that can be an essential tool in a lawsuit against a trucking company or driver. Official police statements carry more weight than those of the drivers involved.
Not Collecting Contact Information
Although you’ll be shaken up, you should try your best to maintain composure and collect relevant information. Even if the police come, there are some facts you should also gather on your own. These include:
- Names and contact information of the other driver
- Name of trucking company
- License plate number and DOT numbers on the truck
- Driver’s license and insurance information
It is also a good idea to take photos of any damage to either your car or the truck, any signs or traffic signals, or anything else notable from the scene of the accident prior to leaving it.
Speaking Too Openly About the Accident
Anything you say about the accident can and will be used against you if the case goes to court. Take caution when posting things on social media or sharing your experience and/or opinions with too many people.
Not Contacting an Attorney Right Away
Following medical treatment, the next step should always be to contact an attorney. Working with an injury lawyer early on can help you avoid costly mistakes that can affect your case. At SJ Injury Attorneys, we specialize in collision cases, and we are able to help guide you through the entire litigation process. Contact us today to start your journey toward receiving the compensation you deserve.