What to do after a commercial truck accident

One minute, you're on your way somewhere. Maybe it was work or your child's sporting event, or just the grocery store. The next minute, you're trying to make sense of your surroundings, checking yourself and your passengers for injury. When a commercial truck like a semi-truck or eighteen-wheeler causes an accident, it can be life altering. You may miss work, require long-term medical care and physical therapy, and need to replace your vehicle. Realizing all of that at the same time can be overwhelming.

While most people understand that they need to exit their vehicle, contact emergency responders and wait for law enforcement to arrive after an accident, there are other things you can do to protect yourself following an accident with a commercial vehicle. One of them is to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible, when you've determined everyone is safe.

Once everyone is safe, document the accident

If you have a dashcam that captured the accident, be sure to advise law enforcement as soon as they arrive at the scene. Law enforcement may be on their way, but things can change quickly at an accident scene. If you are physically able to do so, take pictures or video of the accident scene, and make a record, written or recorded, of what happened immediately before, during, and right after your accident. This helps to ensure you can establish fault in the accident and prevent any misunderstandings that could result from intentional or accidental disturbance of the accident scene.

Contact a personal injury attorney right away

While you may not want to call an attorney while you're waiting for law enforcement to arrive or en route to the hospital, as soon as everyone has had appropriate medical attention, you should call. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you negotiate the word of battling insurance providers, none of whom want to pay if they can avoid it. The first consultation is free, and their advice can be very valuable. Once an experienced personal injury attorney knows the details of your situation, he or she can advice on whether a settlement amount is appropriate and what to do if it isn't.

Depending on the circumstances, the driver of the commercial truck may have been negligent in his or her job. Exhaustion-related trucking accidents are not uncommon. Working with an attorney who understands the legal requirements of commercial truck drivers can help protect your rights and your future. You may need to file a civil suit against the driver, his or her employer, or the insurance carrier to ensure your expenses are covered. Don't try to do it alone. Consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney helps ensure your life isn't destroyed by someone else's mistake.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Free Consultation

Get Started With Your Free, No-Obligation Consultation

Let us be clear when we say "you pay us nothing unless we win." Your relationship with our law firm begins with a free consultation. You meet directly with one of our experienced lawyers. When you become our client, we never ask you to open your checkbook. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means our fee only comes from the proceeds from a successful verdict or settlement.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

McCune Zenner Happell, PLLC The Parklane Building, 5200 Maryland Way Suite 120 Brentwood, TN 37027 Phone: 615-953-8337 Phone: 615-425-3476 Fax: 615-251-6958 Brentwood Law Office Map

Review Us
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers Best Law Firms U S News
  • Nation's Premier NAFBA Top Ten Ranking 2014