If you are involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, your life will likely never be the same. Though these massive trucks are all over the highways in Louisiana and beyond, most drivers assume they will never be struck by one. Sadly, most of those hit by these large trucks lose control of their car, hit other vehicles and suffer significant injuries. If you are involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, here is exactly what you should do.
The Initial Steps After Your 18-wheeler Accident
Immediately after impact, the first step is to do your best to avoid panicking. Try to think clearly and act decisively. If possible, shield yourself and others from injury. In the aftermath of an accident, check for injuries. Help the injured, including yourself, with any emergent medical attention. Once you are sure everyone is stabilized and the emergency medical responders are making a beeline to the scene of the accident, contact the police. The responding police officer will document the crash with a formal accident report and interview eyewitnesses.
Document the Truck Accident in a DIY Manner
Even though you called the police, there is no guarantee the responding officer will remember to document the details of the crash or interview eyewitnesses. If you are capable of using your smartphone or pen and paper, document the accident on your own. This way, you will have pictures or at least drawings that accurately reflect the site of the accident, the position of the vehicles and the physical damage.
If you remember anything about the accident, write it down as soon as possible. This information just might help your attorney craft a compelling legal case that leads to significant financial compensation. The final component of documenting your truck accident is to flag down eyewitnesses. If anyone observed the crash, take down their name, contact information and a witness statement with your smartphone’s video function or with pen and paper.
Meet With the Doctor Even if You Feel Perfectly Fine
Plenty of truck accident victims make the mistake of assuming their seemingly normal health following a crash with an 18-wheeler will last indefinitely. Just because you do not currently feel pain stemming from the truck accident does not mean latent issues could not arise later. Meet with a doctor as soon as possible after your truck accident. Otherwise, you could create the impression that the truck accident did not cause considerable pain. We will gather your medical records before your case goes to court, but take notes on the doctors you see and the diagnostics or procedures you undergo.
Reach out to a Truck Accident Attorney
Obtaining compensation for a truck accident is a challenge as trucking companies have experienced corporate attorneys in their corner. This is not the type of legal challenge you can overcome on your own in a DIY (do it yourself) manner. You need a seasoned truck accident attorney to have any chance at justice. Meet with our legal team, explain exactly what happened, present evidence and we will get to work on developing the perfect legal strategy for your unique case. If you stand little-to-no chance of emerging victorious or if you are ineligible to file such a claim, we will be forthright with you.
Our legal team is here to explain the letter of the law in plain English, represent you in and out of a court of law and boost your chances of recovering damages. You deserve compensation for your pain, suffering, lost wages, loss of use of a body part, vehicle damage and other forms of damage. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.