What Information Should You Collect After a Trucking Accident?
When you or a loved one are involved in a trucking accident, the moves you make next can help make or break your case and your ability to receive fair compensation. Collecting the right information is crucial, and at Sorey, Gilliland & Hull LLP, we want you to understand the exact steps to take and information you should gather after a trucking accident.
Crucial Information Could Win Your Case
When you file a claim or lawsuit for compensation, the burden of proof is on you and your attorney to establish the party(ies) legally liable for the accident. The first and most important point is to get the personal and business information of the truck driver, including:
- Phone numbers (home and mobile)
- Driver’s license information (taking a photo with your phone is best)
- Insurance information, including the company and policy number
- Trucking company name
- Trucking company contact information
Further, any documentation or evidence of the surrounding areas and circumstances is vital:
- Photographs of the damage to your vehicle and the other vehicle
- Photographs of the roadway, skid marks, and environment
- The contact information of any witnesses
- A police report
- Observe any other factors that may have contributed to the accident and take notes, such as any construction debris in the area, poor visibility of signs, and other factors
Working with the Police
In a trucking accident, standard procedure is to call 911 and law enforcement will arrive along with emergency medical technicians. The police officer will inspect the scene and interview those involved as well as witnesses. Following this, the officer will issue a police report with a determination of fault in the accident. When you speak to law enforcement, describe only the facts of the situation and avoid admitting any liability for the accident.
The Importance of Medical Assistance
After an accident, many people experience a shock, and may not be aware of the degree of the injuries until time has passed. Even if you believe you are fine, get a full medical evaluation. Soft tissue injuries, whiplash, and others could have a long-term effect if not treated at once. Even if an emergency medical technician releases you, undergo a full medical evaluation. Your medical records will be subject to scrutiny by insurance adjuster throughout your personal injury claim and having a complete history of how your injuries affected you immediately after an accident and in the long-term can be extremely important to your case.
When a trucking accident attorney takes your case, we will perform a comprehensive case evaluation to determine the maximum compensation to pursue. The last thing you and your family want is to have an injury appear after the case was settled, leaving you with medical bills that you may not be able to afford.
Contact Us Today
The earlier you contact an attorney and retain legal counsel for your case, the better. Never deal with the insurance company of the trucking firm to settle your case – that’s the job of an experienced truck accident lawyer. Without legal counsel, you may be convinced to accept a settlement far lower than you deserve. At Sorey, Gilliland & Hull LLP, we take cases on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no upfront cost to you for us to fight on your behalf and no legal fees unless we win.