What To Do After a Truck Accident
Our Dallas truck accident lawyers explain the process step by step
Knowing what to do after a serious truck accident in Texas can be confusing. You have so many different things to worry about – from getting the best medical care to protecting your legal rights and being fairly compensated for your accident-related expenses.
Deciding what to do next in such situations can be overwhelming. Fortunately, you’re not alone. Our Dallas law firm can help. For more than two decades, the dedicated Dallas truck accident lawyers at The Marye Law Firm have been skillfully guiding injury victims through the legal process step by step.
Below, you can learn more about how we can help you. We also encourage you to contact our law firm as soon as possible and schedule a free case evaluation. Every truck accident is different. And so is our personalized approach. We’re here for you when you need us most.
When this happens, it’s important for injury victims to get emergency medical care right away, whether it’s at Parkland Memorial Hospital Emergency Room or another nearby Dallas hospital. Such expenses can add up fast. Add to that the lost income injury victims are not earning while they’re recovering and the financial toll can be huge.
What should I do after a truck accident?
If you or someone in your family sustained a serious injury in an accident caused by a commercial truck driver, the following suggested steps can help protect your rights and your health:
- Call 911 and tell them you have been injured in a truck accident.
- Ask the police to send an ambulance if you or anyone else appears injured. Don’t try to diagnose yourself. Leave it to the medical experts.
- If you have a serious injury, ask the EMTs to take you to the nearest emergency room hospital. There are many hospitals in the greater Dallas area, including Baylor University Medical Center and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.
- If you can safely do so, take photos of your accident. If you are not healthy enough to do so, ask someone at the crash site to take pictures and send them to you.
- If someone saw your truck accident, get their full name and phone number. Statements from eyewitnesses can be important pieces of evidence.
- Get the truck driver’s name, address, insurance information, and driver’s license number. Get the trucking company’s name, address, and phone number.
- Give the same personal information to the truck driver – your name, address, insurance information, and driver’s license number.
- Don’t discuss your accident with the truck driver. Anything you say could later be used as evidence to reduce or deny your injury claim.
- Contact a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.
If you are no longer at the scene of your truck accident, take the following steps right away:
- If you have not already done so, call an attorney. The sooner you have an experienced Dallas truck accident lawyer investigating your crash, the better.
- Schedule an appointment with your doctor. Even if you were examined by an EMT or emergency room doctor, it’s always best to get a second opinion. Many truck accident injuries take time to develop, including whiplash, concussions, and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
- Take your doctor’s advice. This might seem straightforward, but if you don’t follow your doctor’s instructions, your injury claim might be denied because you’re not actually injured.
- If the trucking company, an insurance company, or anyone else contacts you, don’t answer their questions. Tell them to talk to your lawyer. Odds are, they’re simply looking for information they can use to reduce or deny your claim.
- Get a copy of your official accident report. In Texas, this report is known as a “Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report (Form CR-3).” However, accidents involving commercial truck drivers are different than most motor vehicle accidents. As a result, more than one local, state, or federal agency might be investigating your crash. Such agencies might include:
- If you have trouble getting a copy of your accident report, an attorney from our law firm can help get a copy of your report and review it with you for accuracy.
The sooner you have a Dallas truck accident lawyer investigating your case, the better. Critical pieces of evidence can be destroyed sometimes in a matter of weeks after a truck accident. This includes traffic camera footage and data from the truck’s Event Data Recorder (EDR).
Don’t miss out on your opportunity for justice. Contact us and schedule a free case evaluation with a Dallas truck accident attorney you can trust. We know what to do and will get right to work investigating your crash.
The Marye Law Firm – you can count on us when it matters most.