Every Orange County motorist should know about the several things to do and not do following a truck wreck. Mission Viejo truck accident attorney John Burns would like to inform you about the “dos and don’ts” of a semi-truck crash.
Do call 911: Orange County crashes involving semi trucks can cause major damage and injuries, as well as road congestion. Emergency responders should be called as soon as possible.
Do make sure to file a police report: A police report can provide evidence for your potential personal injury case.
Do call a personal injury lawyer: A lawyer who is skilled in truck accident cases can help you collect and preserve evidence from the accident scene, protect your rights, and advise you on what to do and not do following the crash.
Do take pictures, if possible: Trucks cause substantial damage, and pictures of the damage should be taken as soon as possible. If you are able to take photographs of the damage to your car and the truck, it may help your potential personal injury case.
Do seek medical treatment: Truck accidents can cause serious damage and injuries, and your health is vital to your well-being. Although you may not feel injured at the time, it is important that you get checked out for injuries immediately.
Do NOT apologize to the truck driver: If you apologize for the accident, the insurance company may take that apology as admitting responsibility.
Do NOT admit fault to anyone: Even though you may think that you cut the trucker off, he could have been on his cell phone or may not have taken care of his truck properly, which makes him partially responsible for the crash.
Do NOT sign anything: After a truck accident, many people are so shaken up that they sign anything the trucking company or insurance company gives them. Do NOT sign anything until your lawyer reviews it.
For more advice, contact a qualified Mission Viejo truck accident attorney at the Law Offices of John P. Burns. We will provide you with a free legal consultation, so call (877) 320-1338 today.