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Prioritize Your Best Interest After a Truck Accident

Truck Accident Lawyer

Being part of a truck accident is a scary thing to go through, and it can leave many people in need of emergency medical attention for a variety of severe injuries. It’s also not uncommon for the property damage to be so vast that victims are overwhelmed at how they are ever going to recover. The moment a truck accident happens and on, it will be important that you are acting in your best interest. For this reason, many people consider getting help from a lawyer so that they have guidance along the way and can maximize on how much restitution they receive. Before meeting with the lawyer, there are a few necessary steps that you must take:

Call 911

First and foremost, you should always call 911 in the event of a car accident, even if you think you were not injured. This step will be important in your ability to pursue compensation from the at-fault party later on. By calling the police, you are ensuring that a police report is written and filed for the accident, which you can then use for the benefit of your claim. Within this report, the police officer is going to include a summary of what happened in a factual way. Be sure to tell the officers your side of the story of how the truck accident unfolded through your perspective.

Get Medical Care

If you do not seek medical attention after a truck accident, and then try to pursue compensation later, it may be viewed as your injuries were not as serious as you claim. In getting medical treatment right away, you are showing that your injuries were serious enough to warrant visiting a doctor. These medical documents can then be used to show the severity and type of injuries you experienced because of the truck accident. Do not wait until you feel pain or other symptoms before seeing a doctor, because as someone who has been in a truck accident, you are very likely to have sustained some kind of bodily damage even if you are not aware of it yet.

Gather Evidence

Exchange information with a truck driver and get details such as their first and last name, truck license plate number, trucking company, driver’s license number, insurance carrier, truck driver’s contact, and any other details that seem relevant. If you are not so seriously injured that you were able to get up on your own, then be sure to take pictures and video footage of the scene as this will be used to support your side of the story when you pursue compensation. The more evidence you have, the more likely you are to receive an amount in restitution that covers your current and future medical expenses, property damage,. and other losses. 

Becoming the victim in a serious accident can truly turn your world upside down, as a truck accident lawyer from The Law Office of Daniel E. Stuart, P.A. can attest, and victims are strongly advised to get help right away and to relentlessly prioritize their best interest during this time.