You’re driving down US Highway 19 when you notice a semi’s trailer in the lane to your left. Suddenly, that semi starts to cross into your lane, effectively cutting you off. You slam on the brakes but it’s too late. You hit the rear of the truck and someone hits you from behind. What you do next is very important.
Before you do anything else, assess yourself for injuries. If you haven’t already done so, call 911 for emergency assistance. The sheer size and weight of the vehicle mean the damages to your vehicle and yourself could be very serious.
Steps to take following an accident with a truck
Once you’ve called 911 you’ll want to take these steps:
- Pull your car over to the side of the road if your vehicle is driveable.
- Check on the others involved in the accident and let them know that you’ve called 911.
- Take pictures of the damage if possible.
- Exchange insurance information with those involved in the accident.
- Identify any potential witnesses who can give an account of the accident.
- Cooperate with the police when they arrive. You may be asked to give an account of the accident at this time.
- Accept medical help as needed. This may mean that you will be transported to the hospital by ambulance. Make sure to obtain all documents from your visit.
- Review your own memory of the accident as you will be asked what happened many times. You want your account to be consistent and credible.
Once you’ve taken these steps, seek out legal guidance to discuss the accident and any injuries that you may have sustained. Louisianna has strict laws for truckers. You will need someone by your side who can help you navigate through the process.