While most people are safe drivers, there is always a chance an accident will occur. Due to the size of trucks, accidents involving passenger vehicles can be catastrophic. Whether it is a minor accident or not, you will likely have many questions – is insurance going to cover this, what about my injuries, whose fault is this, can I get compensation for my injuries, do I need a lawyer?
What to do after a truck accident in Kentucky
After a truck accident emotions run high. While it is difficult to concentrate on figuring out what to do next, your success in recovering compensation depends on what you do in the wake of the crash.
After a truck accident try to write down all the information you have about what happened. Doing so will give your Kentucky truck accident attorney at Hessig & Pohl useful insight into what occurred. Below is a checklist of things to do right after an accident that will help protect your right in the face of someone else’s negligence.
- If you are able to pull your vehicle to the side of the road, do so.
- Try to assess how badly you are hurt or if a passenger in your vehicle is harmed.
- No matter what your assessment is of how badly you are injured, call 911. You must seek medical attention immediately.
- Be sure to keep track of any medical records relating to your injuries, treatment and on-going care, including medications, doctor’s visits and surgeries.
- Keep all records of medical appointments.
- If possible, get as much information as you can from all parties involved – items such as insurance information, license plate numbers and eyewitness contact information.
- If your cellphone is close by, take pictures of the accident scene. Include road conditions, damage to your vehicle, road signs and other details. Try to capture where the nearest intersection or on- or off-ramp are.
- Try to take photos of any road signs in the immediate vicinity that may indicate construction as well as stop signs and yield signs.
- Do not talk to other drivers involved or anyone else suggesting they may represent the trucking company. Speak only to your attorney.
- Do not accept responsibility for the accident.
- Make sure to contact your insurance company and provide them with any information you were able to get at the scene of the accident.
- Get a copy of your Kentucky truck accident report from the police. If you are not able to do so, discuss this with your Kentucky truck accident attorney at Hessig & Pohl.
If you are unable to do anything at the accident scene, other than wait for medical help, make sure you have a friend or relative reach out to contact an experienced truck accident attorney for you. Truck accident cases are complex and can take some time to settle or get to court.
Do not attempt to act as your own insurance agent. You will lose out on fair and equitable compensation during settlement negotiations or in court. Insurance companies are not your friends and their main goal is to reduce, diminish or deny a claim. To do that, they will take anything you say and use it against you.
Always tell the trucking company insurance agents and their lawyers to contact your legal counsel and say nothing else. Never meet with them, allow them to tape phone calls or provide any interviews.
At Hessig & Pohl, we understand what occurs after an accident. You may experience pain and suffering in addition to lost wages, but you may also be facing severe and permanent impairment. Hessig & Pohl takes a comprehensive approach to accident investigation by gathering evidence quickly to support your case. We work with a team of professionals to develop the best strategy to protect your rights and achieve a fair settlement. Call us today for your free consultation at 502.777.1111.