Truck Accident Checklist
A truck accident is a traumatic event for everyone involved. It is difficult for anyone to think logically following such an event, but the actions you take can help protect you and your family down the line if a lawsuit is necessary. Truck Accidents are especially complicated because there can be multiple companies involved, the truck and the bed may be owned by different individuals and the operator of the truck may be a third-party contractor.
Truck Accident Checklist:
- As always, try to remain calm. Easier said than done, I know!
- Move your vehicle to the side of the road and put out flares or warning signs so your car does not get hit again by passing motorists. This is especially true in a truck accident because sometimes the truck will block view of your vehicle.
- Call an ambulance immediately if anyone has been injured. Trucks carry a great deal more mass, which means that even the slightest accident can lead to significant injury.
- Do not leave the scene until police show up. Ask all other parties involved and witnesses to stay at the scene as well. This is true even if they ask to leave or express that they have somewhere to be.
- Do not discuss the accident or whose fault it was with anyone except the police.
- Exchange your license, registration, and insurance information with the other driver(s).
- Write down the name, address, truck operator license number and state, date of birth and phone number of the truck driver and all other drivers involved.
- If the truck driver doesn’t own the truck write down the name, address, and insurance information of the truck owner.
- Write down the license plate number of the truck, its make, body type and what damages it has sustained. If you happen to have a camera, take pictures of the truck and the damage to your own vehicle.
- Write down all the information you can about where the accident took place. Include the street names, closest intersection, whether there were stoplights or other road signs, and any other relevant landmarks. Draw a diagram of this information to help you yourself remember and explain it to an attorney or the police in the days following the accident.
- If injury to another party has occurred, ask the police to share that information with you, including names, addresses and the extent of injury.
- Ask the police to send you a copy of the police report.
- Call your insurance company to report the accident and then contact Quattrochi, Torres and Taormina at 407-452-4918 to schedule a free consultation.
If you have already been involved in a truck accident in the state of Florida and aren’t sure if you have a case, please contact us today. Whether you are a tourist or resident, our truck accident attorneys will protect your rights and work vigorously to get you the compensation you deserve. We never charge a fee unless your case is won or settled out of court, so don’t hesitate to schedule a confidential consultation today.