The 3 Steps to Dealing with a Commercial Truck Accident

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Finding yourself part of a car accident with a commercial truck, can be a terribly frightening and painful experience for any driver. The passenger car driver may walk away with serious injuries that require immediate medical attention. Not only that, but the victim driver may face profound financial distress due to vehicle repairs, hospital bills, and loss of pay from missing work. An auto accident lawyer Canoga Park, CA trusts can help you sort through this mess, and seek retribution from the trucker who hit you.

Step 1: Always Call 911

Not every driver calls 911 after an accident, especially if the crash was not particularly serious. However, when it comes to commercial truck accidents, the passenger car driver should always call for police and an ambulance. The chances of a commercial truck accident not being serious, is quite rare. Such a hefty vehicle can cause significant damage, even if the trucker was not going very fast when the collision happened.

The passenger car driver may suffer from agonizing injuries as a result of the accident, including severe bleeding, broken bones, whiplash, head rauma, road rash, crushed limbs, organ damage, and more. An attorney highly recommends that an ambulance is called for, so a thorough medical exam can be performed at the scene.

Step #2: Get the Trucker’s Information

Now, if you got hauled away due to a medical emergency at the scene of the commercial truck accident, the last thing you’ll be thinking about is whether or not you exchanged information with the driver. If your health is gravely at-risk then the officer who arrives can take the trucker’s information down through creating an official incident report, as you jet off in an ambulance. If you have not suffered any serious injuries, then an attorney suggests gathering this information from the trucker:

  • First and last name
  • Trucking company name, address and phone number
  • Trucker’s drivers license number
  • Truck license plate number
  • Insurance carrier
  • Trucker’s current address and phone number

Step #3: Contact an Attorney

Trying to deal with the aftermath of a commercial truck accident without any legal representation, can be an absolute nightmare. The majority of victim drivers may not even realize they can take legal action, if the trucker was at-fault for the accident unfolding. The force of weight from such a large truck can cause so much damage that it may take the victim driver years to recover, both financially and physically. The injuries suffered can be both expensive and require long-term treatment. An attorney can offer guidance, if you decide to file a lawsuit against the trucker and/or trucking company for the collision.

We offer free consults for all new clients to our law firm, to please contact us to book your appointment with an attorney. Let us help you seek compensation for an accident, that impacted you simply because you were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

 

 

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