Regular cars and semi trucks have to share the roads, which unfortunately can lead to devastating truck accidents. Injuries are often severe in a truck accident because of how much bigger and heavier the truck is than the car. A small economy sedan can be crushed by a large tractor trailer, causing catastrophic injury and even death.
We hope that you will never be in a tractor trailer accident, but just in case we've put together this guide to what actions you should take after being the victim of a truck accident. If you or a loved one is ever in a truck accident, please call personal injury lawyer Karl Truman at 502-222-2222 for your free consultation.
Seek Medical Help for Injuries
If you’ve been in a collision with a large tractor trailer, chances are high that someone is hurt. Call 911 if there are immediate, severe injuries, and call the police to make sure an accident report is filed. Even if you don’t appear to be badly injured, you should visit a doctor as soon as possible after the accident to get checked out. In some cases, effects from injuries can take some time to show up, so you want to make sure to have a professional opinion and medical records.
Common injuries from truck accidents can include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue damage
Catastrophic injury can make returning to work difficult, and can result in astronomical medical bills. Let Karl Truman help you get compensation for your injuries so that you don’t end up deep in medical debt - the number one cause of bankruptcy in America.
Document the Scene of the Accident
If you are able, document everything that you can. Memories fade and people involved may have differing accounts of what exactly happened, so hard evidence can help your case. You may be understandably shaken by the accident, but if you or a passenger is physically able, it helps to:
- Take photos of the accident scene
- Take notes or record yourself giving a thorough account of how the accident happened
- Write down or record eyewitness testimonies
- Get the information (personal and insurance) of everyone involved
Do not give out more information than necessary to police, insurance adjusters, or bystanders. Don’t make any self-incriminatory statements, even if you think that you may have been partially at fault. There are often factors in an accident that are not readily apparent that investigators uncover at a later date. It won’t help your case if you are on record saying that you were at fault, though.
Call Truck Accident Lawyer Karl Truman
Insurance companies have every reason to try to deny or devalue your claim. They do not want to lose money, so they will try to pin blame on you to avoid paying out more than they absolutely have to. In cases involving semi truck drivers, it gets even more complex due to the larger amount of money involved as well as the trucking company that wants to protect their bottom line.
In truck accident cases, it is vital to have a personal injury lawyer on your side who knows the intricacies and regulations involved, and who understands the tactics that trucking companies and their insurance take to dismiss or undervalue your claim. Karl Truman is experienced in truck accident cases and can help you get the maximum compensation possible for your injuries, pain, and suffering.
Schedule Your Truck Accident Consultation
If you or a loved one has been in a truck accident, don’t hesitate to call Karl Truman at 502-222-2222 for your free consultation. We serve clients in Louisville, Kentucky and Jeffersonville, Indiana.