Three Things You Must do After a Houston Truck Accident
Written by Greg on September 24, 2019
Anytime that you are involved in an accident, it is a stressful situation. However, truck accidents can be much worse, and may result in much more severe injuries. There are more than 130 million trucks on our nation’s roadways, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). Most of the trucks are registered in California and Texas. The risk of getting into an accident is increased for drivers in the Houston area. If you are hurt in a truck crash, there are several things you must do immediately.
Call the Police
Always call the police to report any accident, even if it seems minor. The police will arrive on site and take control of the scene. If anyone is hurt, they will make sure that the paramedics or ambulance is called. The police investigate the crash and take statements from drivers, passengers and witnesses. The police report is a crucial part of evidence in your case. The report will provide the details of the crash, at the time of the incident. It also indicates whether anyone sustained injuries and whether anyone was transported to the hospital. Without a police report, your case against the driver will be more difficult to prove.
Seek Medical Attention
If you are severely hurt, you will likely need to go to the emergency room by ambulance. However, many people sustain injuries that seem minor. You may be unsure as to whether you should go to the hospital, especially since it can be an inconvenience. Anytime you have any injuries, seek medical attention, even if the injuries seem minor. Your adrenaline is at a high level after an accident and it may prevent you from feeling the full effects of your injuries. The longer you wait to get medical care, the harder it will be to show that your injuries were serious, or that they were caused by the accident. If you do not go to the hospital at the time of the crash, you should at least go to your physician later the same day. Do not delay in seeking medical treatment.
Contact a Truck Accident Attorney
Your main focus following an accident is to recover from your injuries. If the injuries are severe, you may be hospitalized for a period of time and may even need to undergo medical procedures such as surgery. At this time, you are not worried about the insurance or about the money you are owed for your injuries. However, this is the most crucial time to be concerned. The insurance company will immediately begin a crash investigation and you need to protect your rights. All too often, the insurance company tries to provide you with a quick resolution by offering you a settlement check. Do not accept a settlement until your attorney reviews the situation. Your truck accident lawyer will take over the legal aspects of the case and make sure that you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. You certainly do not want to be left paying expensive medical bills out of pocket.
You can get the legal assistance you need after an accident from one of the leading Houston truck accident law firms. Contact Baumgartner Law Firm for a free initial case evaluation after an accident.