Truck accidents are very common in the United States, yet no one truly expects that they will be involved in one. If you have found yourself involved in a truck accident, it is completely understandable if you do not know what to do next. Below are 6 simple steps to follow in the aftermath of a truck crash, courtesy of our trusted Fort Lauderdale accident attorneys.
- Safely Pull Over and Take Stock of Your Injuries
It is normal and expected to feel shocked, even disoriented, after an accident. Take a minute to pull over to the safest location possible, take a deep breath, and try to identify any injuries. If you need emergency medical attention, call 911 immediately.
- Identify and Check On Other Parties Involved
If you are safe and able, check on the other parties involved in the accident, such as any passengers, drivers, pedestrians, etc. Again, call 911 if anyone needs emergency medical attention.
- Swap Insurance and Contact Information
After you have gotten medical help for anyone who needs it, swap insurance and contact information with the other parties involved. No matter what, do not admit fault. It is best to do as little talking as possible about the actual crash. Take pictures of the scene of the accident, the vehicles involved, and any other damaged property.
- Speak to Witnesses, If Any
If there are any witnesses, kindly ask them if they would share their contact information with you. Again, do not get into the details of the accident with them, and do not admit any share of fault.
- Call the Police and File an Accident Report
According to Florida Statutes § 316.065, you must report a traffic collision that resulted in injury, death, or at least $500 in property damage to the police. Truck accidents will almost always meet at least one of these three criteria. Take time to contact the local police department and file an accident report before you leave the site of the crash.
- Seek Medical Help
After all is said and done at the site of the accident, it is advised that you consult a medical professional as soon as possible. Even if you have not suffered any obvious injuries, you may have suffered a minor or internal injury. When left untreated, these injuries could worsen and develop into major health problems. Be safe; seek medical help.
Did the Other Driver’s Negligence Lead to the Crash?
If you were not at fault for the truck accident but suffered injuries, you may qualify to sue the at-fault party for compensation. You can also recover compensation if you were partially at fault for the accident; your compensation will be reduced appropriately.
At Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A., we have over six decades of advocating for injured parties in personal injury cases. We have a reputation for recovering millions of dollars in compensation for our clients in Fort Lauderdale. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us online or reach us by phone at (954) 467-8800 today. Se habla español.