Any accident is potentially fatal but an accident involving an 18-wheeler truck is especially worrisome due to the size, power, weight and speed of this type of vehicle. It is likely that if the accident is serious enough, it could result in injuries, disablement, damage to property and even death. Unlike smaller, lighter vehicles, large trucks such as 18-wheelers are not as easy to maneuver or stop. On open highways, an 18-wheeler truck is often driven at a high speed, making it that much more dangerous, especially in road conditions that are less than ideal. Learn what to do after an accident with an 18-wheeler in order to protect yourself, your loved ones and your property.
First, Get Emergency Help.
Anyone who has sustained injuries during an accident, regardless of how minor it is should get emergency treatment. This will help prevent any serious complications that may arise from the lack of medical attention. If you call 911, operators will be able to send police and paramedics to the scene of the accident immediately, so anyone needing treatment is taken care of right away. The police will be able to provide security to those involved in the accident as well, and obtain information that may be useful later.
Get Information and Other Relevant Evidence.
Anyone who is well enough to stay on the scene should immediately obtain contact information of drivers, other vehicle operators and witnesses. Write down or record the name, address, work address and contact numbers, as well as information on driver’s licenses and IDs. At this point, it is also important to obtain insurance information from the other driver/s. It is also a good idea to write down other information such as the trucking company’s name, address, phone number, contact person, and the like. Most trucks will have information about their company displayed on the side panel, so look for this as well.
Get Photographic and Video Evidence.
If you or any of your passengers can, take photos or videos of the scene right away. Images such as damages to the vehicles, position of the vehicles at the moment of impact, position relative to the road, road conditions, injuries, skid marks, damage to property, etc. will be very helpful as evidence later. Although investigators will come to inspect the damage and record the incident, it is to your advantage that you take photographic evidence of the accident yourself. Make sure no one moves the vehicles or any other items involved in the accident, unless of course it is absolutely necessary. Should this happen, take note of what was moved, where and why.
Get in Touch with a Lawyer.
Complaints and claims may be filed after an accident with an 18-wheeler truck, which makes the expertise and guidance of an experienced lawyer invaluable in this situation. Even if the damages or injuries are minor, an insurance claim could help defray the costs of repair and medications. However, since many of the accidents involving large trucks lead to serious damages and/or physical injury, having the support of an experienced attorney will help ensure that the aggrieved party receives fair and just compensation. If you need help in Alabama, contact us today.