How to Handle a Truck Crash

How to Handle a Truck Crash

You probably know how to handle a minor car crash. You get out of the car, exchange insurance, maybe file a police report, then go your separate ways. However, most drivers do not know how to handle a truck crash. That’s why we created this guide to help drivers get the assistance they need to move forward.

Check for Injuries

A trucking crash typically inflicts catastrophic damage to any passenger vehicle involved. Injuries are far more likely in a trucking accident than in a traditional accident, especially when small vehicles like sedans, smart carts, or motorcycles are involved.

When the vehicle comes to a complete stop, drivers should restrict their movement as much as possible. The force of the crash may have caused unseen internal injuries, such as broken bones or organ damage. You should always call 911 after a trucking accident and follow the operator’s instructions.

File a Police Report

Arkansas law requires a police report for car crashes totaling more than $1,000 of damage or which result in serious injury or death. Given the nature of truck crashes, it’s very likely there will be both injuries and sufficient damage to warrant a report. While on your 911 call, request a police officer at the scene as well.

A police report creates a public record demonstrating the crash occurred and the damages caused. It ensures that the truck driver’s information is accurate.

Exchange Insurance

If you’re able, you’ll also need to gather the truck driver’s information. Make sure you get all the information on their commercial driver’s license and insurance card as well as the name of their company. If the accident is severe enough to require an ambulance, the police report may be the only way to get the truck driver’s information.

Go to the Doctor

Even if you don’t end up going to the hospital, you should go to the doctor immediately after any car crash, especially a truck accident. Don’t go to work. Don’t go home to decompress. Go straight to the doctor. The doctor can conduct a physical assessment to determine whether there may be internal damage.

Going to the doctor as soon as possible creates a record of your injuries and tells the insurance companies that your injuries were severe enough to warrant immediate medical attention.

Talk to an Attorney

Truck accidents are painful. The trucking company’s lawyers and insurance may try to argue that you caused the crash, even if you did nothing wrong. Proving who was really at fault requires someone with experience handling trucking crashes. When your recovery is on the line, you can’t afford to go into a trucking dispute alone.

If you or someone you love suffered severe injuries or even wrongful death in a trucking accident, we are here for you. If you'd like an experienced St. Francis county insurance claim attorney from Easley & Houseal, PLLC to evaluate your case, please send us an email or call (870) 330-0015.

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