One of the most horrific types of automobile accidents are those involving
collisions with big-rigs or commercial trucks. The consequences of a commercial
truck accident can be profound. Fatalities are common. Like-altering injuries
are a likely result.
Understanding the ramifications of a semi-truck accident, key steps in
protecting your legal rights and interests actually occur at the scene
of the accident itself. With that noted, the reality is that a person
involved in a commercial truck accident very well may be unable to take
certain steps necessary to protect legal interests in the immediate aftermath
of a truck accident. Nonetheless, understanding what should be done at
the scene of a truck accident is important for any motorist to understand.
Photograph or Video the Truck Accident Scene
An important step to be taken in the immediate aftermath of a truck accident
is memorializing the scene in photographs or video. Images should be taken
of the accident scene from as many angles or vantage points as possible.
This includes taking images from a distance, in order to lend perspective
to the accident scene. The process also needs to include close-up photographs
or video as well.
The images made of the accident scene should include all damage to any
vehicle involved in the collision. In addition, whenever possible, images
should be made of any injuries sustained as a result of the semi-truck accident.
Identify and Interview Witnesses
Another crucial step that should be taken at an accident scene is identifying
witnesses to the incident. In addition, brief statements should be collected
from witnesses. Videoing witness statements is an ideal method to memorialize
witness statements at the scene of a commercial truck accident.
When collecting witness statements, you obviously want information from
individuals who tend to favor your version of events. In addition, you
want to make sure that you thoroughly document statements from individuals
who may not be in complete agreement with your position regarding a commercial
Retain a Skilled, Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer
You best protect your legal rights and interests by taking a proactive
stance to retain an experienced truck accident lawyer, like a member of
the legal team from The Doan Law Firm. Our firm maintains a 24-hour truck
accident injury hotline at (800) 349-0000.
You can call our hotline any day of the week, 52 weeks a year. You can
schedule an initial consultation with a truck accident attorney from our
firm any time that is convenient to you. We are a nationwide law firm,
with offices located from coast-to-coast. We can also schedule an initial
appointment with you at your home, or even at a hospital, depending on
your circumstances. We can schedule a virtual consultation via the Internet as well.
Our firm charges no fee for an initial consultation with a commercial truck
lawyer. We charge no fee in a commercial truck accident case unless we
obtain a favorable settlement or judgment for you.