What to Do After A Commercial Truck Accident
It’s hard enough to know what to do after a car accident, but if you’ve been involved in a commercial truck accident it’s even more complicated. Commercial trucks can be registered in any of the 50 states and also in Canada or Mexico, involving both state laws and federal laws governing interstate commerce. If you’ve been seriously injured in a commercial truck accident, it’s important to hire an attorney that has experience handling cases involving big rigs and 18 wheelers.
Call the Police to the Scene
The most important thing to protect is your health. That’s why the first thing to do is to call the police, who will arrange to have an ambulance sent to the scene. If you are seriously injured, try to move around as little as possible until the ambulance arrives. It’s important to have your injuries checked out at the hospital even if they don’t seem serious at first as internal injuries might not be symptomatic. If you are not seriously injured, use the time that you’re waiting for the police to take photos and videos of the scene or ask others to do this for you.
Report the Accident To Your Own Insurance Company
Many insurance policies have timely reporting requirements so it’s important to report the commercial truck accident as soon as possible. If you have coverage for medical benefits, lost earnings or damage to your vehicle, it’s helpful to begin these processes quickly so that you can collect the monies due to you quickly.
Do Not Speak To The Commercial Truck’s Insurance Company
Insurance adjusters can be very friendly when they call you up and tell you that they can help you resolve everything quickly. What they are trying to do is to get to you say things that will hurt your case and/or to settle your case for much less than it’s worth. If you are contacted by the commercial truck’s insurance company before you’ve retained an attorney, just ignore the calls. Consult with an experienced commercial truck accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident.
If you have been injured by a commercial truck driver, call Silva Injury Law, Inc. today!