What Should I do Immediately After a Crash with a Big Rig?
Written by Greg on November 12, 2018
Reportable accidents happen about once a minute in Texas, according to statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). In addition, one person is injured every two minutes, and someone is killed on Texas roadways every two hours and 21 minutes.
There are many commercial trucks on Texas highways, and if you are involved in an accident with one, you could be looking at severe injuries and damages. You are hurt and are upset by the incident and may not know what to do or where to turn for help. The following are things you should do immediately following an accident with a truck in Houston.
Call the Police
It is imperative you call the police immediately after a truck accident. The police will serve several important functions. The police will secure the area and make sure that you and others are safe from further harm. Then, the officers will interview you, the other driver, and any witnesses to the incident. You should not admit guilt or apologize. It is up to the police and others to determine the cause of the crash. What you say can be used later to prove that you were at fault.
Get Medical Attention
Some injuries are immediately apparent, but others may not be noticeable until later. When involved in an accident your adrenaline increases and it can keep you from feeling pain. Later you may notice you have injuries and they might be severe. In other instances, failing to seek medical care can make your medical condition worse.
It is always best to get medical attention as soon after the accident as possible. Inform the doctor or medical team you were in an accident, so it will be in your medical records. Keep the documentation such as injury reports, diagnoses, treatments, and all bills associated with the medical care of the injury.
Contact an Attorney
Contact an experienced Houston truck accident attorney as soon after the accident as you can. Your lawyer will gather the information about the accident and help to establish the cause of the crash and the negligent party, so you can file a claim.
One of the most important things that should occur after an accident with a truck is to require the trucking company to keep the documentation related to the incident and to the particular truck and driver involved. This is essential because you and your attorney may need to review information that could prove your case.
Another role of your attorney is to negotiate with the insurance company. The insurance company will often try to provide a low-ball settlement that is not fair. You do not need not to accept a check from the insurance company. Your attorney will work to protect your rights and obtain a fair settlement. If a settlement can not be reached, the matter may need to go to court. Your lawyer will prepare your case and represent you in court. Hiring a reputable attorney is always the way to go!
If you were injured in an accident with a big rig, please call the skilled truck accident attorneys at Baumgartner Law Firm. We are the go-to attorneys if you are hit by an 18-wheeler and will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Contact Baumgartner Law Firm today for a free case consultation. 281-587-1111!