Steps You Should Take After a Truck Accident in Montana
Ragain & Clark March 13, 2020
Given their size and weight, truck accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and even death. Not only are the injuries often more severe than those suffered in a typical passenger vehicle accident, but pursuing a claim can also be extraordinarily difficult. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, the best thing you can do is contact a Billings truck accident as soon as possible to understand your rights and learn about your options.
Contact the Police
One of the first steps you should take is to contact the police, even if you think you’re uninjured. First, the police can help direct traffic around the accident in order to keep you safe. Second, they will prepare an accident report that identifies the parties involved and any witnesses, as well as a description of the accident. More importantly, the accident report will also record whether the truck driver was issued a traffic citation. The accident report can be critical if you later need to make a claim and prove that the truck driver or the trucking company should be held liable for your injuries.
Seek Medical Attention
The EMTs at the scene will ask you a series of questions and give you a very brief exam. If you think you may be injured, don’t hesitate to accept an ambulance ride to the ER.
That said, you should get a thorough medical exam even if you declined treatment at the scene. Many injuries following truck accidents are not immediately apparent. It is quite common to begin experiencing symptoms several days after your accident. Your doctor can identify any potential issues and prescribe the appropriate course of treatment so that you can make a full recovery.
Get the Truck Driver’s Information
As with any vehicle accident, you want to exchange information with the other driver. In a truck accident case, however, you want to be sure to get the name of the trucking company in addition to the driver’s name, contact information, and insurance information.
Document the Accident and Your Injuries
Even if you aren’t sure you will need to make a claim, it’s a good idea to be prepared. As a result, be certain to compile the following in order to prove your case in the event that you need to move forward with a claim:
- Copies of any and all medical bills, reports, and correspondence related to your injuries
- Photographs of your injuries and the scene of the accident
- Documentation of any lost income
- Copies of any accident reports
- Statements from witnesses
If you’ve been seriously injured, gathering this information may seem overwhelming. If you find yourself in this position, understand that a Billings truck accident attorney can help you gather the evidence you need to build your case.
Contact Your Insurance Company
You will need to inform your insurance company that you have been in an accident. They will want to know as much detail as possible, but be mindful that they may want to settle your claim as quickly as possible, even before you know the full extent of your injuries. In addition, anything you say may be used against you to reduce the value of your claim. An experienced Billings truck accident attorney can speak with your insurance company on your behalf to help guard against these problems.
Call a Billings Truck Accident Attorney if You’ve Been in a Truck Accident
Don’t let a truck accident compromise your future – if your accident was caused by negligence on the part of the truck driver or the trucking company, they should be held accountable for your injuries. Billings truck accident attorney Jim Ragain can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 406-651-8888 or send us an email to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.