Fortunately, most drivers will never be involved in a collision involving a bus or a semi-truck. However, it is important to be prepared in the event that you are involved in a truck accident. Safety comes first, obviously. Any and all injuries need to be addressed immediately. It is also important that you protect your rights. Keep these pointers in mind if you find yourself in an accident:
- Keep still. If you are injured—even if it seems minor at the time—remain still until paramedics arrive to assist you.
- Call 911. This should be the first thing you do if you are involved, or simply witness the accident.
- Remain silent. Say as little as possible, even saying something simple like “sorry” or “I’m fine” can have repercussions that you may not even consider at the time. It is best not to even speak to the truck driver or other drivers, speak only to the arriving police officers.
- Pay attention to details. Try to remember everything about the crash. Write things down so you don’t forget them, including anything you noticed before or after the accident.
- Take pictures. Take pictures of the accident scene, your vehicle, the truck and debris or injured parties.
Have you or a loved one been injured or killed in a truck accident? Would you be able to remember these tips if you found yourself in an accident? It is important to remain calm to protect yourself and your rights as well.
Wooten Kimbrough, P.A.—Orlando personal injury attorneys.