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The aftermath of a truck accident can be a traumatic event even when there are no major injuries sustained. At the moment, it can be difficult to know how to assess the situation, what information you’ll need to file an insurance claim, or how to consult with a car accident attorney. 

Luckily, this guide will show you all the evidence you’ll need and what steps you should take.

Your First Priorities Following a Truck Accident

Following a truck accident, your first priority should be to assess any immediate medical injuries to both you, any passengers, and the other party. Even if there are no immediate or severe injuries, calling 911 and having them dispatch an officer and an ambulance is good protocol. 

You’ll want to get checked as soon as any EMTs arrive. Sometimes adrenaline can prevent you from recognizing any external or internal injuries, so having a medical professional check for damages is vital. 

If you need to follow up with a medical professional following the accident, be sure to obtain a copy of your medical report as this can be used later when building your case.

What Information To Gather First

As both parties are waiting for the authorities to arrive, here’s some information you will want to obtain from the other party or parties: 

    • Drivers’ names
    • Phone numbers and email addresses
    • License plate numbers including the state
    • Insurance information

Additionally, if you’re exchanging information with a truck driver you will also need to obtain the name of their employer, the name of their supervisor, and their supervisor’s contact information. 

Take Photographs

Having physical evidence is crucial and will not only help show you’re not at fault but can also help you receive more compensation. Be sure to take pictures of both vehicles on every side and multiple angles. 

While sometimes people only take pictures of the damages to their own vehicle, having photographs of both will create a clearer case. 

What You Need for a Police Report

A police traffic report or crash report is another piece of evidence that is crucial. Some items a police report may include: 

    • Insurance information from all drivers involved
    • An assessment and estimation of all the damages
    • Any contributing factors (such as driving under the influence, distracted driving, weather, etc.)
    • A diagram of the crash
    • Statements from witnesses

Obtaining information on the scene can result in the police report being more comprehensive. Of course, any injuries should always be your top priority. 

Eyewitness Testimonies

Eyewitness testimonies can be crucial in building your case. For starters, you will definitely want to write your own testimony for how you believe the event unfolded. You can also obtain testimonies from other people or passengers that were present. 

While you don’t want to write any baseless speculation, be sure to list any items that you believe were contributing factors in addition to the damages sustained from the accident itself. 

Ultimately, your truck accident attorney will be able to review your testimony and make suggestions if need be. 

The Black Box

Lastly, for a trucking accident, you will want to obtain information regarding the trucker’s black box. The black box essentially records crucial mechanical information such as:

    • Use of brakes
    • Speed and RPM
    • Any maintenance issues/alerts
    • Status of safety components like seatbelts and airbags

The data for black boxes is usually erased every 30 days, but some companies or drivers may erase the data immediately following an accident. That’s why having an experienced attorney on your side is crucial. 

A Texas Truck Accident Lawyer for You

A trucking accident can be a traumatic event and it can be hard to know what evidence to obtain. Luckily, experienced Houston auto accident attorneys are available to assist you!  

By working with one of our experienced attorneys at Lapeze & Johns, you can receive the compensation you deserve! 

 

Remember, your right to recover compensation for your injuries may be lost forever if you wait too long to act.

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About Christopher Johns

johnsChristopher Johns co-founded Lapeze & Johns with one thing in mind: civil justice for victims of negligence. Mr. Johns is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried over 50 cases to verdict and judgment throughout Texas, the Gulf Coast, and around the United States with a 98% success rate. His efforts throughout his time at the University of Houston Law Center and as a lawyer have garnered him many accolades, a 10.0 rating from AVVO, and Super Lawyer in Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation every year since 2004. Read more about Christopher Johns here.