Being involved in an auto accident is scary, especially when it involves a truck. Much larger than an average car, it has the potential to do more damage. Trucking companies investigate immediately. They’ll send their team on-site to deal with the police and conduct their investigation along with them.
If you are lucky enough to make it out from an accident, there are certain steps we advise you to take before you call the accident lawyers serving South Jersey to ensure the negligent driver or company pays for what they’ve done.
If necessary, call 9-1-1. Depending on the severity of the accident and the resulting injuries, you might need to call 9-1-1. The police and paramedics will take it from there. If you and your passengers are alright, check on the people in the other vehicle(s) involved.
Call the police. Even if wasn’t a huge wreck and the involved parties aren’t seriously injured, you’ll still want to call the police to file a police report for your insurance claim, as well as avoid a charge for fleeing the scene. Attain the officer’s name and badge number.
Call your insurance provider. It is critical that you make your claim as soon as possible. If you wait too long after the incident, the insurance company may deny your claim. Don’t speak to the other driver’s insurance company, or the other driver after you leave the scene of the accident.
Schedule an appointment with a medical professional. If an ambulance is unnecessary, it’s still crucial that you see a doctor as soon as possible after the accident to attain an accurate medical report for whatever injuries you suffered. Your lawyers will need this to better fight for your case.
Attain information. Remain calm when gathering information from the other driver. Don’t admit guilt or place blame. Be sure to get their name, address and contact details as well as their insurance information. Write down their license number, license plate number, and the make and model of the truck. Retrieve contact information from witnesses as well. Check the area for security cameras that may have caught the incident.
Take pictures. Fortunately, in this day and age, almost everyone has a camera on their phones so you can take pictures of the damage right away. Take pictures of every side and angle of every vehicle involved. Be thorough. You may even want to write down any details you remember from the accident. Even if it seems insignificant, it may prove useful later on.
Last, but not least…
Call us! We will gather and protect evidence, send spoliation of evidence letters, investigate the scene and the people involved, as well as obtain 911 calls and officer dash cam videos, and protect your rights immediately. Many times in trucking accidents, the injured person may be in the hospital recuperating and is unable to investigate, which is why they need a lawyer. The injured person has enough to worry about, they should let us handle the rest.
For over 40 years we have served as not just truck accident lawyers, but also medical malpractice, personal injury, premises liability and workers compensation lawyers for Burlington County, NJ and beyond. Call 856-283-0589 to schedule your free consultation!