Commercial trucks are extremely heavy vehicles. When fully loaded, a commercial truck weighs approximately ten times more than a normal passenger vehicle. Due to this, commercial trucks can cause a tremendous amount of damage when involved in accidents– most of which affect the drivers and passengers of the other vehicles involved. In this article, we discuss the ways in which you can protect your rights following a commercial trucking accident.
What to Do Following a Commercial Trucking Accident
Seek medical attention
Commercial trucking accidents often result in serious injuries. However, the adrenaline experienced immediately following an accident can mask injury symptoms. In addition, some injuries can take hours, days, or weeks before symptoms occur. Therefore, regardless of whether you are in pain, you should immediately seek medical attention after a commercial trucking accident.
After you’ve received medical attention, you should take photos of the accident scene if possible. Photographs and video footage of the scene can establish key facts, such as the location of the accident, the damage done to the vehicles, the weather, and the condition of the road.
There are several pieces of key information you should gather following a commercial trucking accident, including the truck driver’s personal and insurance information; the trucking company’s name, contact information, and insurance provider; and the contact information of any witnesses.
Speak to witnesses
Witnesses are a key component of a successful personal injury case. Eyewitness testimony can help support your claim that the other driver’s negligence caused your accident and resulting injuries. If you have a chance to speak to witnesses following a truck accident, ask them to describe what they saw. This can help you determine whether they possess any information that may be useful to your case. Also, as noted above, you should collect witness contact information, including witness names, addresses, and phone numbers.
File a report
Following a commercial trucking accident, you should immediately call 911. There are several reasons to do so. For one, the police will ensure that all parties involved in the crash receive medical attention. In addition, the police will draft a report that may later prove useful in your personal injury case.
Contact an attorney
Finally, if you’ve been injured in a commercial trucking accident in West Virginia, you need an experienced West Virginia personal injury attorney on your side. An experienced personal injury attorney will fight to protect your rights and ensure that you are justly compensated for your commercial trucking accident injuries. At Hewitt & Salvatore, we give our clients the kind of personal attention that larger firms can’t match. When you give us the privilege of representing you in your commercial trucking accident case, you can trust us to see your claim through to a successful conclusion. Please call us today to schedule a free consultation.