Hello, I’m attorney David Hood and I’ve been practicing law across South Carolina for over 30 years. One of our focus areas is trucking accidents. Our clients often ask us, “What do I do once I’ve been in a truck accident?” We’re going to answer that for you today.
Don’t leave the scene
First of all, the best thing you can do right after an accident is to not leave the accident scene. If you leave the accident site, it may look like a hit and run, and the police may give you a hard time during questioning.
#2 Call the authorities right after the crash. If you’re physically able, call emergency services so they can dispatch police and an ambulance.
Check for other vehicles
#3 Check to see if other vehicles have been hit. After giving immediate attention to yourself, take a look around to see if anyone else might need your help.
#4 Take photos and videos. If you have a smartphone and you’re able to, take pictures or record a video of the entire scene. Make sure to include your injuries, the traffic signals and skid marks.
Get other drivers’ info
#5 Talk to other drivers involved in the crash. If you can approach other drivers that were also hit by the truck, talk to them about what happened. Try to get each driver’s name, phone number, license plate number, driver’s license number, insurance carrier and policy number.
Wait to make a statement
And finally, #6 Don’t make any statement right away. Accidents can leave you feeling a bit shaky and emotional, which can sometimes lead you to say something that’s incorrect. Therefore, it is important that you take your time to calm your nerves and collect yourself before talking to anyone.
I hope this was helpful.