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By stephen of Kristensen, LLP posted in Truck Accident on Friday, October 30, 2020.
What Should You Do If You Were Hit By A Truck: A Guide for Victims

If you’re the victim of any motor vehicle accident involving a truck, it’s imperative for you to gather as much information and evidence as you can in a very timely manner, as this will help you build your case as strongly as possible. Acquiring the services of a lawyer will help you initiate the claim, as well as investigate the situation fully. As the victim, it’s important for you to understand the breakdown of what you need to do immediately following the accident so the responsible party can be held fully accountable. This will greatly aid you and your lawyers in collecting the necessary evidence and building a strong case.

 

Seeking medical assistance

Regardless of the severity of the accident, it’s critical that all parties involved receive medical attention. Following the accident, contact emergency responders and review the scene and your injuries with them. It’s crucial for your case that you supply all documentation from the medical experts.

 

Evidence from the scene

Once you have addressed the medical concerns, you’ll then need to gather all possible evidence to help build a strong claim. This evidence can include photographs of the scene, statements from any witnesses, insurance and personal information from the other driver involved, and the police report. If there are any witnesses, you’ll want to collect their personal information in case you need to get a hold of them during some point of the case. If the accident happened around any businesses, have your lawyer request video from their surveillance cameras, if applicable. Another thing to look for while on the scene is if there are any road conditions that would have contributed to the accident. These factors could include deteriorating concrete and/or slick surfaces from the weather.

 

File the claim

Please be sure you file your claim against the other driver and their insurance company in a timely manner, as there are statutes of limitations, but it all depends on the type of claim you’ll be filing. As the victim, if you wish to file a personal injury claim you’ll need to do so within two years of the collision and injury. If you’re filing a property damage claim, you’ll have three years from the date of the collision to file your claim. Please note, if you have exceeded these time frames, there is a strong possibility that it will not be possible to press charges.

 

Damages

As the victim, you should be able to calculate all damages in order to include all possible compensation needed within the claim. This will be a more tedious task, as there are many different elements that may need to be accounted for to build a thorough file. By this time you should have a lawyer, it’s our job to support you during this part of the process.

 

If you or someone you love was the victim of a truck accident, make sure to begin building your case as quickly as possible, and then give our office a call to help you seek justice and move forward.