Being in a truck accident can lead to the destruction of your own vehicle and cause you extensive injuries. However, you should be compensated for these injuries and the damages to your property if they are the result of another party's negligence.
The following are four things you need to do after you've been involved in a truck accident to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve
Make sure the police come and write up a report of the event
One of the most important things that need to be done at the time of the accident is contacting the police to write up a report.
Truck drivers will often be eager to get back on the road because they get paid based on how quickly they travel. They may not want to wait around for the police to come and write up a report. However, you need to insist on having a police report put together for an objective account of the events.
Get information on the truck driver, the insurance company, and the company the truck driver works for
Being involved in an accident with a truck is a bit different than just being involved in a typical car accident. When it comes to a truck accident, there are more parties involved who could potentially be held liable. In addition to the driver of the truck, there is also the trucking company who the driver is working for.
It's important to get identification and contact information for not only the truck driver, but also the truck driver's employer and the employer's insurance party.
Write down any identification numbers the truck has
Like a car, a truck will have a license plate number. However, the truck may also have an additional department of transportation identification number for being involved in commercial pursuits on the road.
Make sure you've taken down any DOT identification numbers the truck has so that you can exactly identify the truck and driver in question when you are seeking compensation.
Take photographs of the truck and the accident scene
Pictures showing the aftermath of the accident and the size of the truck in comparison to your own vehicle can be important pieces of evidence in a truck accident case. Hopefully, someone will be able to take pictures to back up your case.
If you are so badly injured that you can't take these pictures yourself after the accident, perhaps another passenger or driver in your car who has not been hurt can take them for you.
For more information, contact a firm such as D Chadwick Calvert Law Office.