At the scene of a truck accident, you should check on the other driver. You may need to call the paramedics and render first aid until they arrive, as instructed by Texas Transportation Code § 550.021.
Once everyone at the scene is receiving care for their injuries, then law enforcement can start their investigation. If you can, take pictures of your vehicle’s damage and your own injuries. Do not say anything regarding fault, as this could jeopardize your potential personal injury claim.
Call the Police and File an Accident Report
You are required by Texas Transportation Code § 550.062 to contact the police following a serious car accident. While on the phone with the dispatcher, tell them that you need an ambulance. The paramedics will be able to give medical attention to those who need it.
If the police ask you questions about the crash, be careful about what you say. Do not say anything that could potentially implicate you as causing the collision. Only share information that is absolutely necessary.
You can later use the police report as information to supplement your case. This document will detail the time of the crash, its location, and who was involved.
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You Should Document the Scene of the Crash
If you are able, take photos and videos of:
- The roadway’s conditions
- The involved vehicles’ damage
- Your own injuries
- Any glass, metal, or debris on the street
- Any traffic cameras that may be in the area
You can use these pictures later to verify certain aspects of the crash.
Accept Medical Attention for Your Injuries
Once the ambulance arrives, the paramedics may suggest that you go to the hospital. Even if you have concerns about the cost of medical care, go with them. You can recoup your healthcare expenses later.
To recover compensation for your losses, you will need to prove that you were hurt. Receiving medical care at the accident scene is just one of the ways that you can do this.
If you did not get medical attention at the accident scene, see a healthcare provider immediately. Without having a doctor verify the severity of your condition, you could have a hard time getting compensation through a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
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Do not Try to Apprehend the Truck Driver
Because of the size disparity between your car and the truck, the truck may have minimal or no damage. The truck driver may take advantage of this situation by trying to drive away from the scene, attempting to avoid responsibility.
While fleeing the scene of an accident is illegal, do not attempt to stop the truck driver from leaving. This could lead to a physical confrontation that creates more injuries.
Instead, take down any identifying information about the truck, including its company, license plate number, and any other identifying features. The police can use this information to locate the negligent driver.
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What Should I do After Being Hit By a Truck?
Following your accident, you will have the opportunity to work with our law firm. We can help you recover compensation for your damages.
Additionally, after you have left the scene, be sure to:
- Keep records of your damages
- Follow your doctor’s orders
- Refrain from giving the insurance company a recorded statement
- Limit what you say about the accident online
- Get a copy of the accident report
All of these measures could help the financial recovery process go smoothly.
We Are Ready to Help You Win the Settlement You Deserve
By now, you have likely left the scene of your truck accident. However, even if you did not follow through with all of the above recommendations, there is still hope for your personal injury case.
With our team on your side, we can investigate your collision, prove the severity of your injuries, and calculate the cost of your damages. We can help you seek reimbursement for the following:
- Emergency medical costs
- Ongoing medical care, like physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Lost income
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Property damage costs
- Impaired quality of life
- Disability, disfigurement, and scarring
Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003 says that you usually have up to two years to file your personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Do not wait too long to seek legal aid. If you miss this deadline, you could be ineligible to recover your losses.
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After getting hurt in a truck accident, contact Loncar Lyon Jenkins to represent you. We take pride in advocating for injured claimants and their families. We have been serving Texas since 1988, and we have won millions for our clients.
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