The number of truck accidents is on the rise, and statistics show that if you get struck by one you will likely be seriously injured. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that in 2012, 107,921 people nationwide were injured in crashes with large trucks. Of these injuries, 3,921 were fatal. This is an 18 percent increase from the year before. Of those injured, 73 percent were occupants in the passenger vehicle which was hit by the truck.
What then do you do when you are involved with a big rig accident?
First thing, don’t move! No matter how minor a truck wreck seems at first, leave your vehicle where it stopped so that the police can make an accurate report. If you move your vehicle, your case may come down to “he said”/”she said” in court.
Which brings us to point two, call the police! Despite being the law in motor vehicle accidents, it is a good idea to have an impartial third party review the truck wreck scene, gather evidence, and help determine fault. A filed police report may be one of the best things to have in your corner.
Third, don’t admit fault! What you say can be used against you in court, so don’t get out of your vehicle and say “It was all my fault.” You just lost your case there.
The fourth thing you should do is, gather evidence! Gather names, phone numbers, and addresses of all parties in the accident including any witnesses. Be sure to take photographs if you are able. Write down your recollection of events on paper as soon as you are able. Big rig accident cases can take years to resolve and you may need to recall details of the accident.
Finally, call a good truck accident lawyer who specializes in these types of accidents. The trucking company is sure to have a team of lawyers working for them so don’t try to handle this on your own. Get knowledgeable help by getting a truck accident lawyer on your side.