Being involved in an accident with a semi is a terrifying and overwhelming experience. All at once, you have injuries, damage to your vehicle and a thousand thoughts of how the accident’s aftermath will impact your future.
It can be challenging to think clearly about what you need to do in the moments after an accident.
Here are a few tips for what you should do after a truck accident.
Seek medical attention
A lot is happening after an accident. Once you are safe, it is essential that you or another person on the scene call 911 for assistance.
You will need support from the police to get a report of the incident and an ambulance to check you and anyone else involved for injuries.
While you may not have any injuries that require an ambulance ride to the hospital, you should still seek medical attention as soon as possible. Seeing a doctor right away will help you get an assessment of your injuries and a plan for what care you need to recover.
Also, seeing a physician after an accident establishes the timeline of your injuries. If you wait days or weeks before seeing a doctor, there could be a question about when you sustained the injury.
Getting an accurate police report
If you do not need immediate care, you should talk to the police when they arrive so that you can include your perspective in their report. Typically, police will speak with each party involved in the accident and then make their own assessment of what caused the accident and who was at fault.
Dealing with an accident with a truck can have a few complex layers. A skilled professional can help you determine your next steps toward getting recovery.