Truck accidents often have deadly or catastrophic results due to the sheer size of commercial vehicles. Victims in a truck accident can sustain major injuries and sometimes permanent disabilities including traumatic brain injuries, damage to the spinal cord, and more. Unfortunately, there are around 500,000 trucking accidents in the United States every year – resulting in too many victims who have serious injuries, expensive medical bills, and other damages.
Truck accident cases can be complex because it can be difficult to determine who (or what) caused the accident and is at fault. These complex cases can be made more frustrating by trucking insurance companies who will aggressively defend their side and do whatever it takes to pay out as little as possible to the victims of trucking accidents.
What to Do After a Truck Accident
Because truck accident cases can be complex, it is critical that you set yourself up for success. Knowing what steps to take if you are ever in a truck accident is an important part of ensuring you get the compensation you deserve.
Notify the California State Police or your local law enforcement that they accident occurred if they are not already on the scene. Make sure that a police report is filed so that it may be referenced later. While you are still at the scene of the accident, make a note of as many details at the scene of the accident as possible. Obtain the contact and insurance information, as well as the vehicle registration information, from all the drivers involved.
Seek medical care immediately for any injuries you sustain and make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions when it comes to rehabilitation, recovery, and any necessary follow-up care. Even if you did not sustain severe or life-threatening injuries, make sure to see a doctor within 72 hours – not all severe injuries (like damage to internal organs) can “feel” immediate until later, but they should be addressed as soon as possible to mitigate long-term damage.
Make sure to discuss your options with an attorney who specializes in truck accidents as soon as possible so that you preserve your claims and have an opportunity to get the justice you deserve. An experienced attorney will evaluate your case, protect your rights, and advocate on your behalf so that you can focus on what matters: rest and recovery.
Choosing the Right Truck Accident Attorney
If you’ve been in a severe truck accident, your first step should be to contact an experienced attorney. Insurance companies have significant resources and very experienced litigators prepared to defend their side. You should, at minimum, have that type of experienced advocate fighting for your side.
At B|B Law Group, we employ a client-focused strategy that focuses on getting the results you want quickly and effectively. We make sure our clients come first by listening and building a case around each client’s unique circumstances while expediting the timeline to a resolution.
By working with a California law firm that specializes in truck accidents, you can help ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries, which may help you complete your recovery process.