What to Do After a Road Collision
Unquestionably, being involved in a road collision with a big rig vehicle is a traumatic experience. Victims often suffer multiple injuries simultaneously—some, like cuts and abrasions, have temporary effects, and others, like head injuries and nerve damage, cause lasting damage.
We always emphasize to our clients that their physical well-being should be their first priority at the scene of an accident. Before you worry about anything else, seek the medical attention you need. Only if and when you are medically well, do we offer some advice on what to do at the scene of the crash.
Many times, trucking companies hire and send third-party investigators on location. These investigators will likely attempt to speak with you within a few hours of the collision. You are not legally obligated to answer their questions, either in-person or over-the-phone. In fact, we recommend that you contact your attorney before speaking to investigators, as the trucking company may attempt to use your testimony against you down the road.
If possible, record information about the driver and the vehicle in question, including the driver's name, the truck's license and registration details, and any other notable details of the event. Lastly, we suggest that you refrain from repairing your vehicle until your lawyer has had the opportunity to document the damage.
Following a serious collision, your safety and health are paramount. No matter the scale of the crash, seek medical help before attempting to collect information that may help your case. As your legal team, our firm will take responsibility for assembling a robust case on your behalf.
Review Your 18-Wheeler Accident Case with a Lawyer
David W. Starnes Attorney At Law is an established legal firm with a strong track record of success in 18-wheeler accident cases. We strive to streamline the legal process from start to finish for a straightforward resolution. Our attorneys will always protect your best interests and ultimately get you the best possible outcome.
Give our office a call today to schedule your no-obligation case review with a lawyer. We look forward to serving you.