Truck accidents are often severe or deadly for the occupants of smaller vehicles. They may also have more than one liable party, further complicating these already complex cases.
The steps you take after your truck accident will play a role in your ability to seek compensation. It is essential that you know which steps are needed to protect your rights.
What to do After a Truck Accident
If you can document the scene, it can be helpful to:
- Gather witness contact info
- Take pictures of the scene from multiple angles
- Gather contact, license, and insurance info from other involved drivers
- Gather contact info for the company the trucker was driving for
When emergency personnel arrives, be sure to cooperate fully. However, never suggest you are to blame for an accident.
Many truck accidents result in debilitating injuries, making action on the scene impossible. If your injury prevents you from gathering evidence on the scene, there are still steps that can be taken to protect your rights. These include:
- Reviewing medical reports
- Evaluating police and accident reports
- Scene reconstruction
- Witness and victim statements
Seeing your own physician as soon as possible after a truck accident is important as well, even if you do not have any visible injuries. Some injuries, including certain traumatic brain injuries, can take time to produce symptoms. These life-altering injuries may respond more favorably to treatment when caught early on.
Seeking Legal Help
Having a strong, competent, and proven legal team on your side is vital after a semi-truck accident. The Austin trial lawyers at Shaw Cowart, LLP have decades of experience and a long history of successfully holding negligent truckers and the companies they work for to account.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a semi-truck accident, we are here to review your case and help you determine the best course forward.
Call Shaw Cowart at 512-499-8900 to schedule your complimentary case review today. We have offices in Austin and San Antonio. We serve families living throughout the great state of Texas.