An 18-wheeler’s massive design carries enough power to haul tons of freight. Unfortunately, this power can also make a car accident the scene of amplified destruction. Oftentimes, the drivers behind these huge vehicles are overworked and too fatigued to pay proper attention to their surroundings. Negligent actions can lead to devastating wrecks and can leave you and your family dealing with serious injuries or a loved one’s death. You should be prepared and know just what to do in the event of an accident with an 18-wheeler.
Your accident could very well be minor, but this doesn’t mean you should take it lightly and leave as soon as you see there is no noticeable damage. Always stay at the scene of the accident. Take the proper precautions by checking to see if there are any injuries or if any other dangers are present.
Contact the Authorities
Good evidence makes a strong case, so contact the authorities and wait for a police report to be made that will include every fact concerning your accident. It’s important to get a copy of this document to use in the case-building process. It will help determine who is at fault and could sway a decision in your favor.
Get the Information You Need
The authorities will gather information about your accident, but it’s very important that you do so as well. Some of the most important bits of information you’ll need to fortify your case are:
Names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, license plate info, and driver’s license numbers of all parties involved.
Insurance company names and policy numbers
The name of the company the trucker is employed by as well as the truck number
Contact information of every witness
Photos Are a Must
Pictures of the accident’s aftermath as well as its determining factors can be very helpful in your case. Pictures of the damages done to the vehicles involved as well as the scene of the accident can add helpful evidence for your cause.
Seek Medical Assistance
Even the most minor of accidents can have effects on the human body. Injuries can go unnoticed for days after the accident, so play it safe and visit a physician or medical facility when you notice pain anywhere in your body.
A Law Firm You Can Trust
If you and your loved ones have experienced the shock and pain of an 18-wheeler wreck, know that John Greenway of the Greenway Law Firm is determined to help. Expertise, professionalism, and dedication are here to help you find the compensation you deserve. Contact our office in Austin for more information about our legal services.