What To Do After a Truck Crash

  • If you are involved in a truck accident, stay at the scene of the accident until help arrives. Leaving the scene could open you up to criminal charges for what’s known as a “hit-and-run.”
  • If you need to move your car for safety reasons or because it is blocking traffic — and the car is drivable — pull it over to the side of the road. Turn your hazard lights on to ensure other drivers can see you.
  • Stay away from the traffic to avoid injury. If you or anyone else is injured, call 911 immediately for assistance. Tend to those who need first aid but don’t move anyone who is injured unless the person is in imminent danger.
  • If you are able, get the names and insurance information of other parties involved in the accident. Also make note of the location of the accident and conditions at the time of the accident, including weather conditions and time of day.

Important information to collect after a truck accident:

  • The license plate of the truck and any other identifying information (make/model)
  • The truck driver’s license number and employer
  • Names and addresses of drivers/passengers
  • Insurance company information and policy number
  • Names, phone numbers and addresses of any witnesses
  • If you are able, take photos of the accident scene and damage with your smartphone. This could serve as important evidence. You may even want to record an audio account of what happened but don’t admit or assume fault for the collision. Be sure to get a copy of the accident report when it’s available.

In most situations, you’ll want to seek legal help as soon as possible. Because truck accidents are more complex than other auto accidents, be sure to find an experienced attorney who specializes in truck accident lawsuits.


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