You are probably aware that semi-trucks and tankers are among the most dangerous vehicles on the road, but you may not realize just how common these accidents are. There are about 500,000 truck accidents each year in the United States, with 50,000 of those leading to fatalities. Truck accidents can be much more complicated than other auto accident cases. Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself.
Immediately Seek Treatment
Truck accidents are no laughing matter. The truck or tanker is so much larger than your vehicle that you are more likely to be severely injured in these accidents. Make sure that you put your safety as your first priority. Make sure that you are safely away from the scene and have received initial medical treatment right away. Doing so is in your best interest, as your health is important; and the sooner you seek treatment for your injuries, the more likely you will be able to be compensated for all of the associated medical costs.
Gather Information at the Scene
If you are physically able, or if you can appoint someone to gather the information for you, there are some things that you should know before leaving the scene of an accident. You will need to have the name and contact information for all drivers in the accident. More than this, you need to get information from the trucker. Some trucks are owner-operated, while other trucks belong to a company with the driver as either an employee or an independent contractor. It is important to get as much information as possible about the truck and the potentially responsible parties.
Call an Attorney
Your first call should be to an attorney that can handle your case for you. Truck accidents are very complex. Depending on the cause of the accident, fault could lie with the driver, the company owning the truck, or the maintenance company that works on the truck. It is important to have an experienced attorney who is familiar with determining and locating the responsible party so that you can get fair and reasonable compensation.
If you or a loved one have been in a truck accident, don’t delay. Contact our office today to schedule your free consultation.