Being involved in any type of auto accident can be overwhelming, especially if you suffer an injury. However, if you are struck by a large truck or 18-wheeler, the consequences can be even more devastating. Accidents involving trucks often involve serious or catastrophic injuries that require intensive medical interventions, leaving you with staggering hospital bills, lost wages, and other unanticipated costs. If you have recently been involved in a truck accident, here are a few steps you should take that can help you begin to get your life back on track.
Seek Medical Attention
Right after the accident occurs, assess yourself and your passengers for any injuries. Call an ambulance if anyone at the scene requires immediate medical attention. Even if you only suffered minor injuries, such as small cuts, bruises, or whiplash, you should still schedule an appointment with a physician as soon as possible so that you can be assessed for any other conditions that may not be immediately apparent, such as a concussion. Whether you seek immediate medical attention or visit your doctor a few days after the accident, doing so will create important documentation that can be used to build a strong personal injury claim later on.
Exchange Information and Document the Scene
If you are physically able to move after the accident, gather the basic contact information and insurance details from the truck driver. Make sure you also ascertain which trucking company employs this person so that you and your attorney can contact the employer and the insurance carrier to pursue a claim. If possible, take pictures of the scene of the accident and ask any witnesses for their contact information. Gather as much information as possible from the scene so that you and your attorney will have what you need in order to move forward with a successful personal injury claim.
Know That You Are Not Alone
Crashes involving large trucks are becoming increasingly common. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA), the number of injury crashes involving trucks increased by 62 percent between 2009 and 2015. From 2016 to 2017, that number increased by 5 percent to a total of 107,000 truck crashes nationwide. As you face the aftermath of a truck injury, it can be comforting to know that you are never alone. Working with a compassionate and experienced truck accident lawyer can bring you the reassurance you need during this challenging time.
The experienced and compassionate personal injury attorneys at Henderson Taylor Law Firm are committed to helping clients throughout the Vancouver and Battle Ground areas obtain the compensation they deserve. Call (360) 737-1478 today to get started.