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Accidents with large trucks can be devastating.  There are some crucial things you should do if you are in a truck accident.

What should I do if I'm involved in a truck accident?

 

A: Accidents with large trucks can be devastating.  There are some crucial things you should do if you are in a truck accident.

At the scene:

  1. Get names, addresses, phone numbers of everyone involved, including drivers and passengers in other cars AND the truck driver.
  2. Get insurance information of the other drivers involved, INCLUDING the truck driver and drivers of other cars.
  3. Somebody saw the collision happen.  Get names, addresses and phone numbers of all the witnesses.
  4. Get names of the police officers at the scene, including whether they are local, state or federal officers.  (Since many accidents with large trucks are on federal highways, there may be more than one kind of officer that responds to the scene.)
  5. Be sure you get accurate information about the location of the accident. Interstate highways have mile markers that help officers and others figure out locations. Since accidents on Interstate highways often happen miles from a town or city, so know the mile marker where you are.
  6. Note all injuries and take pictures if you have a camera.
  7. Note all damage to the cars and trucks and take pictures if you have a camera.

Within a day or so:
  1. Inform your insurance company.
  2. File a police report about any injuries or extensive vehicle damage.
  3. Find out if a report needs to be filed with the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Within a few days or sooner if serious injuries or death occurred:
Contact a lawyer experienced in handling large truck accidents.


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