It might seem callous focusing on legalities in the immediate aftermath of a truck accident. However, a truck accident might involve grave injuries or loss of properties. Thus, being proactive — which includes taking necessary legal steps — can potentially save you money afterward. Below, you will find the best steps to take immediately after an Indiana truck accident happens.
Call the Police
If you are aware of your surroundings and can locate your mobile device, this should be the first thing to do. You can dial 9-1-1. The responder you get hold of should immediately connect you with the local emergency responders.
It might be hard but try as much as possible to be coherent while speaking with the first responder. Take note of the number of people involved in the truck accident, the severity of injuries, and other necessary information they may require. This will help them know the extent of the damage and the sort of help they will be rendered to you.
You must understand that the police will be able to keep better records than you can. If the situation escalates and you get to court, the police’s records will be of immense help to you. The records will also be vital when claiming compensation. Therefore, regardless of the extent of the truck accident, always call it in.
The next step is to gather as much evidence from the scene as you can. If it is possible to move around, get over to the other vehicle(s) and get the contact information of the parties in the other vehicles. You may also want to take down the plate numbers and model of each car. If you can get a photograph of them, that would be excellent. Also, if you could get videos of the scene, that would be great, too. If the other vehicle is a commercial carrier, you should also get the UDOT Number or Indiana ID Number as well as the contact information of their employer.
Speak to Witnesses
If there are eyewitnesses, you may want to get their details down, too. A witness is anyone who saw the accident happen. It could be a bystander or even someone in the other vehicle(s). Do bear in mind that it is not your job to interview the witnesses. That is the job of the police. However, in the chaos that typically engulfs an accident scene, witnesses may leave. Thus, make sure that you get down the details of anyone around the vicinity when the accident occurred. They could help you prove your case later on.
Do Not Give Statements
As a general rule, it is advisable not to say anything at the scene of the accident. This is both for practical and legal purposes. You may be agitated as a result of the accident. Hence, you may lack coherence. Furthermore, whatever you say could be misinterpreted.
More importantly, do not admit fault. Even if you feel that you are partly (or wholly) responsible for the accident, your best bet is to keep quiet. Your lawyer may be able to reduce your liability afterward. However, you will make it incredibly harder if you admitted guilt at the scene. Similarly, do not lie. It impacts your credibility.
Of course, this also means that you should stay away from social media at that point. Do not upload pictures of the site until you’ve had the chance to speak with a lawyer.
Get in Touch with Your Insurance Company
Most insurance companies have stipulations regarding how soon a truck accident report should come in. So, make sure that you reach out to them immediately you are able to. They may require evidence from the site and want to know the state of your vehicle. Thus, keep the evidence you have gathered handy. Also, do not have any repairs done to your vehicle until the Insurance company assesses it.
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Try to get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible. You must realize that you may be able to recover all of your medical expenses, as well as get other compensations if you reach out to your lawyer on time. For accidents of this nature, you can only trust expert hands. An ideal lawyer should be well-versed in accident law and should know the Indianapolis terrain well. We are excellent on both counts. We will work with you from start to finish, ensuring that you receive the compensation due to you. Reach out to our Indianapolis car accident attorneys, and you’ll be sure you are covered.