According to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, nearly 4,000 people were killed and 104,000 people were injured in accidents involving large trucks. In the same year, approximately 333,000 large trucks were involved in traffic accidents.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a truck, there are several key steps you should take to protect your legal rights and your health. This article discusses these steps in more detail.
Stop At the Scene of the Accident
It is important to never leave the scene of an automobile accident without stopping. Even if you believe that you were not at fault or not seriously injured, you may still be charged with a hit and run if you fail to stop. Moreover, if you fail to stop, you will not obtain the information of the liable party and may not be able to seek the justice and monetary compensation that you are entitled to for the injuries that you have suffered.
Seek Prompt Medical Attention
One important step you need to take after a truck accident, or any other type of accident, is to seek prompt medical attention. You should still see your doctor even if you do not believe that you have been seriously injured. Symptoms of certain injuries, such as a concussion or head injury, may not surface until hours or even days after the accident.
Call the Police
If you are able to do so, you should call the police to come to the scene of the accident and to prepare a report. This report will be invaluable if the truck driver attempts to blame the accident on you or tries to claim that he or she was not at fault. Moreover, a police report can provide you and your attorney with pertinent information, such as the other party’s contact information and insurance information.
Get the Contact Information For All Parties At the Accident Scene
It is important to obtain all pertinent information for any parties at the accident scene. The information you collect should also include the name and contact information for any eyewitnesses to the accident.
Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney
A New York truck accident attorney can help you preserve evidence and begin the investigation of the truck accident immediately so no details are missed. Furthermore, a good lawyer can help you deal with the insurance company and ensure that you obtain the full extent of the compensation that you deserve for the injuries that you have suffered.
Call a New York Truck Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in a truck accident that was caused by the reckless actions of another party, you may have a valid personal injury claim and be entitled to monetary compensation. For more information or to consult with one of our experienced New York truck accident attorneys, please call Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.