When you’re involved in a minor fender bender, typically you pull
over to the side of the road and exchange information, proof of insurance
and go on your way. But what if you get in an accident with a semi truck?
Is there any different information that you need to get?
The trucking industry is big business, and because they are on the road so frequently they have much more experience dealing with traffic accidents than we do. Their insurance companies do what they can to keep from paying out big settlements. Because of this, you need to be careful when dealing with collisions with a semi truck. Here’s some information you will need to get on the scene of the accident.
The first thing you need to do when you are involved in an accident with a semi truck is to call the police. They will come out and fill out a police report, which may come in handy later. The police may issue a ticket to the truck driver, which can help in proving fault later on.
The next thing you will need is the name, address, phone number, email address, etc. for everyone who was involved in the accident. It is also a good idea to get the contact information for anyone who witnessed the accident as well.
License and Plates
The next piece of information you will need to get is the drivers license numbers and the license plate numbers for all of the parties involved. It is important to be able to identify who was driving and what they were driving.
Next, you will need to get the name and policy number of the insurance carrier for each party involved. This includes the semi truck driver’s insurance as well. Many trucking companies send an insurance representative to the scene of the accident to get statements and handle the insurance side of things. It is important to know that you do not have to answer questions or give a statement to their insurance company, as they may try to trip you up or use something you say against you later in the case.
Take A Picture. It Will Last Longer.
Lastly, you need to take pictures to document the accident. It is important
to get photos of the damage done to your vehicle and any injuries that
you sustained. It is also important to take pictures of the scene of the
accident, skid marks on the road, the point of impact on the truck, and
anything else that may have contributed to the accident. Weather conditions
and road conditions are also important to document, as well as any damage
to other vehicles or property.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a collision with a semi truck, it is important to have a lawyer that you can trust. With over 20 years of experience dealing with auto and truck accidents, Bryan Caulfield and his dedicated team of attorneys can help you get the compensation that you need. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today.