I Was Involved In a Truck Accident, What Should I Do?
A truck accident in Georgia is quite different from your average car accident. Truck accidents are often far more serious due to the immense size of the tractor trailers involved as compared to the average passenger motor vehicle. These accidents are also far more legally complex. Not only can the truck driver be held accountable for the accident, but his or her employer can also be named as a defendant as well. Truck drivers and trucking companies must follow stringent federal and state guidelines. If the truck driver or trucking company violated these rules, you should be entitled to recover for your damages and potentially even more.
At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we understand that the aftermath of a truck accident is often chaotic and stressful. As such, our compassionate attorney team offers the following list of steps to guide your actions after the accident.
- Call 911: It is imperative that you notify the police of the truck accident. Truck accidents will rarely involve only minor damage, but even a seemingly minor crash must be reported so that you can generate an accident report. Remember that you are legally required to stop your vehicle following any accident.
- Seek medical attention: Truck accidents will usually involve immense force exerted on the passengers of a car with whom it comes into contact. At times, truck accident victims might feel fine in the immediate aftermath of the crash, only to find that once the adrenaline wears off they feel sore or ill. The moment you start to feel you have been injured, seek medical assistance. In a serious crash, it is wise to be checked out immediately following the crash.
- Gather evidence and take pictures: At the scene of the accident, be sure to take down the vehicle DOT license number for both the truck and trailer. Ask for the name of the truck driver and license as well as the insurance information. Moreover, take pictures of any skid marks, the damage to both vehicles, your injuries, and any other relevant images of the crash scene.
- Contact your insurance company: You should call your insurance company and notify them of the truck accident as soon as possible. However, do not give a recorded statement or discuss your injuries prior to consulting with an attorney.
- Call a truck accident attorney: It is wise to consult with a truck accident attorney soon after the crash so that they can assist you from the very beginning. They will help to guide your actions in the aftermath of the crash and protect your legal rights.
- Prepare to speak with the trucking company's insurer: You may receive a call from the trucking company's insurance agent soon after the crash and you should ask your attorney about this in advance.
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