Commercial trucks carry more momentum than passenger vehicles. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, trucks often weigh 20 to 30 times more than passenger vehicles. As a result, the force of a crash is likely to cause serious injuries and fatalities.
In 2014, there were 2,485 passenger vehicle occupant deaths resulting from truck accidents in the United States. These made up 68 percent of all truck accident fatalities, which demonstrates that passenger vehicle occupants tend to suffer the worst of the impact.
Medical bills from truck accidents can cost a veritable fortune. Victims and their families can fall into overwhelming debt. This is where a personal-injury lawyer may be able to help.
If you were in a truck crash that another driver caused, contact Morris Bart, LLC. A Monroe accident attorney can help you avoid mistakes such as settling for a low offer or unknowingly admitting fault to insurance adjusters.
We can evaluate your accident, gather evidence, structure your claim and handle settlement negotiations. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation.
Here are six steps to take if you were injured in a truck collision:
- Seek Medical Assistance
Your main concern after any accident should be your health. If emergency workers arrive to the scene, request a medical evaluation – even if you do not notice symptoms. If emergency responders do not arrive, consult a doctor as soon as possible.
- Gather Evidence at the Scene
Collect as much evidence from the scene of the accident as possible. If you are able to move around, take photographs of the truck, cars, injuries and any property damage. Try to take photographs of traffic signs and lights that indicate how the crash happened. These pictures may help your personal-injury lawyer prove liability and negligence.
- Record the Other Drivers’ Contact Information
Collect contact information from the other drivers including phone numbers, addresses, and insurance information. If the commercial truck driver caused the accident, make a note of the company for which he or she drives.
- Identify Witnesses
If any bystanders saw the crash happen, collect their contact details. Your accident attorney may reference witness testimonies to support your claim.
- Do Not Apologize or Admit Fault
Although you should be polite and helpful, do not apologize to other drivers at the scene of the accident. They may view this as an acknowledgement of guilt. Even if you are unsure who caused the crash, it is better to say as little as possible until you have consulted a personal-injury lawyer.
- Contact an Accident Attorney
Contact an accident attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer can gather evidence, talk to witnesses and structure your claim. He or she can also litigate your case if it goes to trial.
If the accident happened in Louisiana, contact a Monroe accident attorney from Morris Bart, LLC. Our staff has more than 50 attorneys and 100 legal professionals, and we give each case the individual attention that it deserves. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 800-537-8185.