Accidents often result in injuries, but some, sadly, are even worse. A woman was recently killed in a wreck near Frankston. Her SUV collided with a semi truck on Highway 175. The driver of the 18-wheeler was also hospitalized, after his truck rolled over.
Unless you drive large trucks, you will usually suffer injuries in accidents with them, since your vehicle will normally be smaller. Step one is to assess your injuries, and those of your passengers. Call 911, and check the trucker for injuries, as well. After this is done, you can contact your Dallas truck accident attorney.
If your injuries are not severe and you are not taken to the hospital, remain on the scene until the police tell you that you may leave. Use this time to gather information with your camera and a pen.
Take photos of any vehicles involved, to document your case. Gather names, addresses, phone numbers and insurance information from others involved in the accident, and the names and phone numbers of witnesses. Kirkendall Dwyer LLP will use this information and the police report to help prepare your case against the driver at fault.
If you are in an accident with an 18-wheeler, it’s a good idea to write down the name of the company on the tractor and trailer, and the business phone numbers. Your Dallas truck accident attorney can pursue companies that may be negligent if they were pressuring their driver to work too many hours without rest.
In addition to photographing the vehicles involved, you can take photos of skid marks on the road, the road conditions and any injuries. Don’t arrange for your vehicle to be repaired or permanently replaced until your Dallas truck accident attorney instructs you to do so. Keep your receipts for any medical expenses as well, so you can be reimbursed for your medical expenses.