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A semi-truck (or a semi-trailer truck) is a colossal vehicle, so being involved in an accident with one can cause lots of damage to your property and to you. If you have been involved in an accident with a semi-truck today then here are the immediate actions you must take.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a crash with a semi-truck, there are steps you must follow to begin your compensation claim. While you may want to immediately approach a lawyer, you can save time by doing these important steps before you speak to a personal injury attorney.
1. Gather all the information about the accident
First, you need to collect all the essential information your lawyer will need about the semi-truck crash.
- Who was responsible for the accident?
Get the contact information of the semi-truck driver. In some personal injury cases with truck drivers, your lawyer may be dealing with the driver’s company rather than the driver personally. But you still need all their contact information: name, address, semi-truck license plate number, license information, insurance details and phone number.
- What happened at the scene of the crash?
It helps to write a detailed account of the accident. Being involved in a sudden crash can be traumatic and make it difficult to remember every detail. Writing it down will help you remember and it will give your attorney a clear account of what happened.
Remember to include road conditions and weather, these could have been partly responsible for causing the crash.
It helps having photographic evidence of the accident. Don’t worry if you forgot to take pictures, writing a detailed account is fine. Try to remember if you are involved in any future crashes to take pictures, they can be used to support your claim.
2. Get witness contact information
Witnesses who saw the accident can be used to support your claim. Especially if the driver of the semi-truck tries to deflect any blame.
Getting witness details from passengers in your car is fine, but the best witnesses are other drivers and passengers in other vehicles who witnessed the accident and have no relation to you. These witnesses will be seen as unbiased in their accounts compared to your family and friends.
3. Detail what damage has been caused
Before you can make a compensation claim you need to know how much money you’re going to claim for.
- How much damage has been caused to your car?
- Did you suffer any personal injuries?
- What was the cost of medical bills?
- Have you had any time off work? If yes, how much money did you lose because you could not work?
- Have you had any serious injuries that will cause long-term issues?
The answers to these questions will help you calculate how much compensation you want to claim for.
4. Find an experienced personal injury lawyer
You’ve probably seen lots of commercials on TV from personal injury lawyers. There are many lawyers out there but you need to find an attorney who actually has experience dealing with semi-truck crashes.
Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, have been defending Mississippians for over 35 years. They have dealt with semi-truck crashes and automobile accidents. An experienced attorney who has worked on these compensation claims before will understand the law process and they will be your best chance at winning your compensation.
5. Download this truck accident compensation guide
Reading this semi-truck accident guide will get you started on making your compensation claim. There are many mistakes that can reduce how much compensation you can receive, and this guide helps you avoid them.
The sooner you read this and contact a personal injury lawyer, the sooner you can receive your compensation. Download it now:
Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.