Decatur Truck Accident Attorney
HS Law represents victims in Decatur who have been personally injured by a tractor-trailer or commercial vehicle.
What to do at the scene of the truck accident
Following your accident with a truck, your first interaction will likely be with the driver of the commercial vehicle.
Interacting with the driver of the commercial vehicle
Your emotion might be running high immediately after the accident. Now is not the time to establish fault or blame.
Tips for interacting with other drivers
Limit your interactions. Do not debate who caused the accident or argue.
Call 911 to report the car accident and wait for police to arrive. Your 911 calls are transcribed and will be requested if a lawsuit is filed. Lawyers obtain these transcripts by filing an open records requests.
Do not get out of your vehicle if you are injured or road conditions are unsafe.
If it is safe to exit your vehicle and you are physically able, take photographs of the vehicles. Photos can be vital to your case.
Talking to police officers at the scene of a wreck
After calling 911, a police officer will arrive on the scene. The police officers job is to collect information. Your job is to provide them with the facts.
Tips for talking with police officers
- When police arrive on scene, try your best to remain calm.
- Limit your conversation to the facts of what happened.
- Do not make any admission of fault.
- Do not add any unsolicited information. For example, some people tell police that they were in a rush to get somewhere or they were looking at their child in the back seat.
- Keep your statement short and sweet. If the other driver turned left in front of you, simply tell the officer that and stop talking. If you were hit from behind, tell the officer that and stop talking.
- Do not worry about getting the other driver’s insurance information. The police officer will obtain his or her insurance information and other relevant information and include it in an accident report. Most reports are available within 3 to 5 business days.
Typically, the officer will provide you with the report number. If the officer does not, you need to ask him or her for the report number. You or your lawyer will need this to order the report.
Finally, the police officer will ask you if you need medical assistance. Always err on the side of caution. Your adrenaline will likely be running high and masking pain.
We highly recommend getting checked out by a medical professional after any accident with a commercial vehicle. If you tell the officer you need medical help, he or she can quickly dispatch an ambulance to transport you to the emergency room to treat your injuries.
Side note: If you start feeling pain hours or days later, it is not too late. Some symptoms take time to surface. Go seek medical attention immediately and contact the attorneys at HS.
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Receiving Medical Treatment
After your accident there are a few different places you might receive medical treatment.
Medical treatment immediately after the accident
If you were seriously injured or requested medical assistance from emergency personnel at the accident scene you will be transported by an EMT to the hospital where you will be treated by the staff nurses and doctors.
Tips for talking to medical professionals
Limit your conversation to injuries related to the car accident.
But be sure to tell the doctor about all injuries related to your car accident. While you may be focused on what is causing the most immediate pain, do not forget to tell the doctor about all injuries. For example, you may suffer a broken wrist that is very painful in a car accident and also have minor neck pain.
If you don’t report the initial injury, insurance companies will try to argue that any injury not initially reported was the result of subsequent accident or injury.
If asked to rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10, do not “try to be tough”. If you pain is an 8 out of 10, be honest and report that number.
Do not downplay your pain. Doctors need honest answers to provide the best treatment possible. By downplaying legitimate injuries, you are giving insurance companies the evidence they need to minimize the value of your case.
Other medical treatment options
Primary Care Doctor. If pain arises after you leave the scene of the accident, you should schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor.
Chiropractic Professional. Licensed health-care providers who treat injuries and damages to your joints. In many cases, a chiropractor will use an x-ray to assess your injuries.
Orthopedic Doctor. These physicians can help diagnose, and treat, injuries to your joints, tendons, and bones. In many cases, an orthopedic doctor will be able to assess your injuries using an MRI or x-ray.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
Some types of injuries like broken bones and large cuts make the need for medical attention clear. Other symptoms, like minor aches and pains, should also be checked out by a medical professional immediately to avoid the long term consequences of a lingering injury.
The most common car accident injuries
Types of Damages You Can Sue For After a Truck Accident
Generally, you are entitled to pursue all damages that were caused by the truck accident. These damages include:
Property damage. Includes vehicle repairs, transportation costs and diminished value of your vehicle
Medical costs. Current medical bills, future medical bills
Lost Wages. Including past and future lost wages.
Pain and Suffering. Including past, present, and future pain and suffering.
Punitive Damages. Every trucking case brings with it a chance for the injured party to recover punitive damages. In a trucking case, the opportunity to recover punitive damages is much more common.
The types of damages you have suffered will help determine the value of your case.