Steps to Take After a Truck Accident in Philadelphia
One of the most stressful moments a person can endure in their life is experiencing a crash. This burden is heightened even further when it involves a large commercial truck which can cause serious damage to the vehicle and life-changing injuries to other passengers involved. Unfortunately, this is also a time when shock sets in and people who have been harmed are not sure of what to do next. It’s important to follow specific steps to help overcome the situation.
Reach out to law enforcement and medical attention so you can have detailed records of what happened. The police will fill out an accident report based on the testimony of you, the other party, and any other individuals involved or witnesses. Medical help can not only provide the treatment you need, but also give you a medical record showing you were in fact injured.
If you can, make sure you gather all of the necessary information regarding the truck involved in the collision. This means getting the driver’s license number, license plate, company information, contact information, and insurance information. You will need all this to continue the process and seek the compensation you deserve. Make sure to gather information from any potential witnesses as well.
Use your phone to take pictures of the entire scope of the crash. Take internal and external photos of your vehicle to show the damages. Document any potential visible injuries you may have. Take pictures of the other vehicle and show where it may have sustained damage. Finally, take pictures of the scene of the crash to show attempts to stop or any obstructions that may have aided in causing the crash.
Speak with a Lawyer
If the crash was caused by the truck driver, you need to protect your rights by speaking with a lawyer as soon as possible. It’s imperative to have someone on your side who understands these types of cases including what evidence is needed to prove negligence in a trucking accident case. The cause can range from drunk driving, fatigue driving, failure to maintain, auto defect, or a number of other factors.
The Beasley Firm has experience representing individuals who have been injured as a result of a trucking accident. Our Philadelphia trucking accident attorneys can help you determine if the truck driver, trucking company, auto manufacturer, or any other party should be held liable for the injuries sustained.
Injured? Call us today to discuss your potential case.