What Should I Do After an Accident with a Commercial Vehicle?
Commercial vehicles can be extremely damaging in any type of crash. Most vehicles of this type are larger and heavier than your average passenger car, which can make for serious devastation and more severe injuries when an accident occurs. Buses, city work trucks, state work trucks, construction vehicles, delivery vans or trucks, dump trucks, garbage trucks, semi-trucks, and moving trucks can all create extensive damage when they collide with another vehicle.
If you were involved in a car accident with a commercial vehicle, you need to know how to respond correctly. It can be extremely difficult to keep a level head in the heat of the moment, especially if you or your passengers have been injured in the crash. However, if you know what to do ahead of time, it can make it significantly easier to deal with the crisis before you.
If you were involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, make sure you follow these essential steps to protect your interests.
1. Seek Medical Attention
First of all, you need to seek medical attention if you or anyone else involved in the accident was injured. Survey yourself first, you are no help to anyone if you need medical attention as well. If you are alright, check everyone in your vehicle and then ask the other driver if he or she needs medical attention. If anyone was injured, call us at 911 and ask for an ambulance right away.
2. call us at the Police
If you haven’t already called 911 for an injury, you’ll want to call us at now to ask for a police officer to respond to the crash. An official police report documenting the incident can make your case much easier to handle later on, and it can be beneficial to have the account of an unbiased third-party.
3. Exchange Information
Meet with the driver of the other vehicle and exchange information. Keep in mind, because the driver is a commercial driver, you will need to gather more information that you typically would. Write down the driver’s full name, driver’s license number, and contact information, but also gather information about the company he or she works for. Include the company’s name, contact information, auto insurance company, and any other information about the vehicle itself. It would be easier to take a photo of the vehicle, but if you cannot, make sure you record the make, model, and license number.
4. Gather Evidence
Take photos of the crash scene, including the damage inflicted on your vehicle and the commercial vehicle, as well as any others involved. If there were skid marks on the road, take a photo of them, and photograph any other damaged walls, buildings, median, guardrails, or other obstacles. Also, of road hazards or weather conditions may have contributed to the crash, take photographic evidence at the scene.
You should also talk to any bystanders or anyone who saw the crash. Write down their contact information and their name and a quick few sentences about what they saw. You should also take down the name and badge number of the officer who responded to your call us at .
5. call us at an Attorney
Once you’ve handled all of the immediate issues, you need to contact your personal injury attorney. If you were not at fault for the crash, and if the commercial vehicle company was, you need to seek compensation for your injuries and the damage inflicted on your vehicle. The claims process can be complex, and dealing with a trucking company rather than an individual driver can be extremely complicated. For these reasons, and more, it’s important that you work with an experienced car accident lawyer who has handled cases like yours, and therefore knows what to do.
Contact DiPasquale Mooreto get started on your Kansas City commercial car accident case.