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What to Do Following a Truck Accident

If you have been injured in a truck accident, no one has to tell you exactly how dangerous they are. What you may not know, however, are the best practices to help protect your claim, which – in turn – is critical to your health and well-being. While your truck accident claim is unique to the circumstances involved, one of the most important steps that any truck-accident victim can take is consulting with an experienced Indiana truck accident attorney as soon after the accident as possible. 

Pull off the Road

The first order of business if you have been involved in a truck accident is pulling as far out of the path of oncoming traffic as you can safely manage. If this isn’t a possibility, put on your hazard lights and use any road safety devices that you have with you (such as cones or road flares) and call 911 or otherwise alert the authorities. If someone is injured at the scene, render aid to the best of your ability until the emergency medical professionals arrive. 

Seek the Medical Attention You Need

Even if you don’t think you’ve been seriously injured in the truck accident, seeking medical attention is essential. Even a relatively minor truck accident can generate immense impact, and the adrenaline coursing through your body and the shock you’re experiencing can mask pain and other symptoms indicative of serious injuries. 

If medical attention is offered at the scene of the accident, it’s in your best interest to accept it, and if it isn’t, make sure that you seek medical attention as soon after the accident as possible. Following the medical instructions and advice from your doctor is not only key to your ability to fully recover but is also important to your ability to build your most effective claim. 

Next Steps

At the scene of the truck accident, there are several universally beneficial steps you can and should take to help bolster your truck accident claim, including:

  • Exchange contact and insurance information with the truck driver (and don’t forget to get the name and number of the trucking company that employs him or her). 
  • Take statements from eyewitnesses at the scene and record their contact information. Obtaining these statements – before memories begin to fade – can prove invaluable to your claim. 
  • Gather evidence in the form of pictures and videos at the scene that capture as many details – from as many perspectives – as possible.
  • Stay quiet on the topic of the truck accident. The insurance company involved will be very interested in any statements, remarks, or even social media posts you make about the accident, but this is a situation in which less is always more.  

Reach out to an Experienced Indiana Truck Accident Attorney Today

The formidable Indiana truck accident attorneys at Arshad, Pangere & Warring dedicate our practice to guiding claims like yours toward favorable outcomes that support our clients’ rights and bolster their recoveries. To learn more, please don’t wait to contact us today.

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