A loaded truck takes 20-40% longer than cars to come to a complete stop. This means that the truck is going to travel a lot further than a car when it hits the brakes to avoid an accident.
Unfortunately, this means that a truck accident will cause more damage and injuries than an accident between two passenger vehicles.
Use this guide to know what to do if you are involved in a truck accident.
Even if you are not at fault, you must stay at the scene of the accident. If you leave, you can receive a ticket. Now you have one more thing to deal with.
Some states consider your leaving as a hit and run. So stay until authorities arrive.
You should move your vehicle out of the way of traffic, though. This reduces the risk of causing a secondary accident.
As soon as you are able, you need to call 911 for assistance. Truck accidents tend to cause a lot of injuries and damage. It is likely you, or someone else will need medical aid.
Upon calling, a police officer and other emergency services will be dispatched to the accident location.
Either you or someone you trust needs to take pictures of everything. This includes you, your vehicle, the truck, any other damage, and the accident location.
This will create an accurate and detailed record of the vehicles and condition of the road at the time of the accident. Your attorney will use these pictures later.
Do not depend on the police officer to take pictures. They are often lacking in capturing the entire story and details of the situation. If you can record a video, that is useful too.
Once police are on scene, they will make a report of the accident. You need a copy of this report as it will have all of the necessary information from each party involved and any possible witnesses.
When you speak with the office, avoid making any statements of fault. Be careful what you say. Immediately after an accident, you are in shock and emotional.
This is not the time to be making statements. You need to be calm and thoughtful when making your statement.
In the days after your truck accident, you need to speak with an experienced attorney. Do not speak with a generic auto accident lawyer. Truck accidents require specific knowledge and experience that auto accidents can’t give.
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A truck accident is more complicated than an accident between two passenger vehicles. You have to deal with the trucking company and their insurance. There is usually a lot more damage and injuries.
The first thing you should do is make sure everyone is ok and call for medical aid. After this, you need to record all of the damage and circumstances surrounding the accident. Then you need to take this information to an experienced attorney who can help you seek compensation for your loss.
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