When you are involved in a truck accident, the steps you take both at the scene and immediately following will play a role in your ability to collect proper compensation. The experienced Chicago truck accident lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. are ready to fight for your rights in these cases, but knowing what to do after a truck accident can make our efforts to secure maximum compensation much faster.
On the Scene of a Truck Accident
The first thing to do following a truck accident is to check yourself and all your passengers for injuries. If you are able, you should contact 911. This is important even if no injuries are immediately apparent.
While awaiting emergency personnel, gather as much information as possible. This will include:
- The name and insurance information of the trucker
- The name and contact information for all witnesses
- Photographs taken from several angles with a phone or camera
- Details of weather and road conditions
Once emergency personnel arrive, cooperate fully. Allow EMTs to thoroughly examine you for injures and give a full report to the police. At no time during these interactions should you admit fault.
Also be sure to contact your insurance carrier while still at the scene. They may wish to send an adjustor to photograph the accident. Do not admit fault to your insurance company.
Following a Truck Accident
As soon as possible following a truck accident, seek medical help even if you do not appear to be injured. Many serious injuries can result from truck accidents and not all of them will be immediately apparent. You need a thorough examination from your doctor to rule out problems such as brain injuries that may take months to show symptoms.
Even in minor accidents, you will want to contact a Chicago truck accident lawyer at our firm. One of our lawyers will investigate your accident, determine liability, and establish the case necessary to secure proper compensation. They will also be able to advise you of your rights and help you deal with all issues that can arise from these often complex cases.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a truck accident in or around Chicago, Illinois, please contact Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our truck accident lawyers today.