What Can I Do to Protect My Rights After a Truck Accident?
In order to protect your rights after a truck accident, make sure to call the police, obtain all contact information of other drivers and witnesses, collect as much evidence from the scene of the accident as possible through photographs, seek immediate medical attention, and consider speaking with a truck accident lawyer to learn more about your legal rights.
Steps to Take After a Truck Accident
There are certain steps to immediately take after a truck accident to protect your legal rights and increase the chance for you to have a successful case for compensation for your injuries and losses. Consider the following steps:
- Contact the police immediately after the truck accident and request a copy of the final police report.
- Obtain contact information of all drivers involved in the accident and passengers and witnesses to the truck accident.
- Request the commercial driver’s license information from the driver if the truck was a large commercial truck, such as an 18-wheeler or tractor-trailer truck.
- Request the name of the trucking company that employed the truck driver or other companies involved, such as the cargo-loading company or other entities that may be liable for the truck accident.
- If possible, take photographs of the accident scene, including the damage to your vehicle or other vehicles, the vehicles’ placement on the street, any damage or debris on the roadway, or weather conditions.
- Seek immediate medical attention and evaluation from a qualified medical professional to establish a foundation for building a personal injury case for any injuries suffered due to the truck accident.
- Follow your medical professional’s advice to ensure you have a solid foundation to argue that you have injuries directly related to the truck accident.
- Keep detailed notes and invoices regarding vehicle repairs or replacement.
- Obtain documentation from your employer regarding the wages you lost because of injuries that prevented you from working. Lost wages may also include any missed bonuses or promotions, sick and vacation leave used, lost pension contributions or employee benefits, and more.
- Keep a daily diary of your pain and suffering to show an insurance company, or a court, that your injuries resulted in noneconomic losses, such as the loss of enjoyment of life or inability to participate in daily activities due to pain.
Consider Speaking with a Truck Accident Attorney to Protect Your Rights
If you have experienced injuries and losses related to a truck accident, one way to protect your rights is to contact our legal team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at