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The road is filled with millions of vehicles daily in the US, with around 15 million of them being trucks. Many of these truck drivers could tend to be accident-prone due to the constant travel on the road, which could bring the potential for serious accidents with other, smaller vehicles on the road. These kinds of accidents occur over 500,000 times a year and can be very dangerous for passengers in smaller vehicles because of the large differences in size. If you ever find yourself in an unfortunate situation involving one of these massive vehicles, you might want to know a few things you can do to protect yourself, your best interests, and your family or friends.
The first thing you should do after an accident involving a truck is making sure that you are okay and out of harm’s way. You will then want to ensure that you are away from any further danger. You and all other passengers will be the safest if you stay away from the accident, especially if any vehicle is smoking, and call 911.
After ensuring the safety of all passengers involved in the wreck, start to document the damages that occurred during the truck accident. You need to make sure that you do not admit fault or responsibility and that you do not provide a verbal or written statement to the other party’s insurance company. You should only discuss the accident with any first responders at the scene of the accident. After providing your insurance representative with a statement, you should speak with a lawyer to help you with your insurance claim. Our team here at Sloan Firm can help you out through this process with a private, free consultation. You will need specific information on the details of the truck accident when you go through the process of filing for a claim and you might need some extra help in doing so.
For this process to go smoothly you will need to know what happened to cause the truck accident, details about the other driver involved, and the insurance information of the other driver. You will have to ask for the other driver’s license and proof of insurance, along with a phone number, name, insurance company’s name, and the other driver’s insurance company policy number. You should also take down the driver’s vehicle make, model, color, license plate number, and registration number. Take pictures of the accident for your records and for the insurance claim. You will need to make sure that all of this information that you gathered after the truck accident covers the date and time of the accident, address of accident, directions both vehicles were traveling in, a detailed description of what happened, driving conditions, any witness names, and the name, badge number, and contact information for any police officer.
We understand that this process can be tough to endure but we think that it is best to have someone on your side to help guide you through the process. Our team at Sloan Firm has a lot of experience in helping clients get the justice they deserve. We will handle all upfront costs and will not charge you for any legal services unless we get a truck accident settlement or verdict that benefits you. Contact us today for a free consultation or call us at (800) 730-0099 to get help now.