Each day, truck drivers face numerous challenges to get the job done.
Things become even more difficult when others on the road fail to drive responsibly. If truck drivers are injured in an accident, we can help. We have been down that road before, and we can attempt to take some of the guesswork out of the situation.
When you’re in an accident, your first thought may be to immediately call an attorney. However, despite the frustrating circumstances, maintaining a level head and a vigilant attitude is the most important thing you can do. This post offers a few tips for dealing with an unforeseen accident involving your commercial vehicle.
First, we frequently advise our truck drivers who have been involved in a collision to take photographs that depict the damage to their trucks and the other vehicles involved. It is also important to document and make a note of the conversations with the negligent motorists. It is critical to document all of the unsafe things that the negligent drivers did, including the negligent drivers’ failure to assure a clear distance, excessive speed, failure to take evasive action to avoid the collision, and failure to pay attention. Always make a note of everything the negligent drivers tell you. For example, make a note if they admit fault, if they tell you about being distracted, and if you see them texting or using a cell phone before the crash.
Look for Warning Signs
Make a note of their appearance; in particular, do they seem impaired? Why do they look impaired to you? Is their speech slurred, does it look like they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs? Make sure you point out all of these peculiar observations to the investigating officer. Occasionally officers are not very thorough and do not conduct the necessary blood and alcohol testing to verify if the negligent drivers were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Furthermore, it is critical that you outline in detail, to the investigating officer and any emergency medical squad attendant, the full extent of your injuries.
After you’ve had to regroup, be sure to document in full detail the amount of pain and any limitations and restrictions you have experienced.
Talk to Your Physician
In addition, it is critical that you provide all of your treating physicians with a detailed and thorough history of all of your injuries, limitations and restrictions during every medical visit. This will allow them to effectively assist you and provide you with the treatment that you need. It is also critical that your doctor provide a thorough analysis of your injuries, limitations and restrictions in order to provide the insurance company with all of the information that they need to adequately evaluate your claim.
Evaluate Your Legal Options
Having taken the necessary steps, you may want to consider seeking legal advice. There are many truck accident lawyers in Columbus, Ohio, so be careful and diligent when evaluating your options. Look for an attorney who will listen to your situation before making recommendations.
If you would like to chat with our office, feel free to contact us today for a risk-free consultation.