I was seriously injured in a crash with a semi-truck. What should I do?

I was seriously injured in a crash with a semi-truck. What should I do?

There is no doubt that you will not be thinking straight following a crash with a big truck, so expecting you to take rational steps to secure a possible future claim against the truck driver and trucking company may not be realistic. However, as soon as you are able—or as soon as a family member or friend can act on your behalf—it is important that you do a few things to protect yourself and ensure your claim has the best possible chance going forward.

Steps to Take Immediately Following the Accident

The actions you take immediately following the accident can have a significant effect on any later claims you may wish to make. Some of these things will happen with or without your direct involvement, but others will require you to be proactive.

1.Call the police. Even if, by some miracle, there do not seem to be any serious injuries or obvious damage, your first step should be to call the police and file a report. If you are involved in a major crash, the police will likely be there whether you call them or not, but in either case, you will need a police report as evidence later on.

2.Seek medical attention. If you are unconscious or seriously injured, first responders will undoubtedly take care of you, but if your injuries are not immediately obvious, it is still vital that you see a doctor for a thorough check-up after the accident. These medical records will play an important part in any injury claim.

3.Call your insurance company. Even if you are hoping to get a settlement from the truck driver or trucking company, you will have to file a claim with your own insurance company. This will also be important later on.

4.Don’t make any statements. When questioned at the scene, stick to the facts. Avoid apologizing or placing blame. Say as little as possible to the truck driver’s insurer as well as your own. Do not post any comments on social media about the accident at all.

5.Hire an attorney. Truck crashes can be complicated cases to sort out. As soon as possible following the accident, call an experienced truck accident attorney. He will know exactly how to handle the case going forward.

William Enoch Andrew Should Be Your First Call

You have a lot of options in Salt Lake City when it comes to legal representation, but you want someone who will give you the personal attention your case deserves. I handle only personal injury claims and I see to the well-being of my clients first and foremost. Call me as soon as you are able following your accident with a truck. I will go to work for you.