What Steps Should You Take After A New York Truck Collision?
Being involved in a motor vehicle accident is a serious matter, especially when it involves a commercial tractor trailer. Due to the severity of these accidents, all motorists should be aware of the steps to take should you ever become injured in a crash with a tractor trailer.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision with a tractor trailer, our attorneys can explain your legal rights and outline the steps you must take to preserve those rights and bring a claim. Fill out our FREE case review form to contact our NYC truck accident lawyers or call us directly at 212-736-5300.
What to Do After a New York Truck Accident
The following is a general guide to the steps which should be taken following a crash with an 18-wheeler, semi-truck or tanker. While the first priority should be seeking medical care, injured accident victims are then advised to speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
Keep Comments Minimal: After an accident, it's important to keep your comments regarding the crash to a minimum. While you should be truthful after the crash, you should limit yourself to asking if anyone has been injured. You should never apologize for what happened, admit that the crash was your fault, or say that you didn't see the other vehicle. Comments like these could be taken as an admission of fault and limit the amount of compensation you can recover for your injuries.
Call 911: Report the accident by calling 911 as soon as possible following the crash. Leaving the scene of the accident is a crime in most states, and calling 911 in a timely fashion can help those who need immediate medical attention.
Visit Your Doctor: Even if you are unsure whether you've been injured, it's best to seek medical attention immediately. It may be possible that you are still dazed from the accident and may not be able to recognize your own injuries. Waiting to seek medical attention may also hinder your claim, so it's important to see your doctor as soon as possible.
Call Your Insurance Company: Your insurance policy includes instructions on how to report a claim, including the office or individual to which the accident should be reported. You should also examine your policy to determine the extent of your coverage.
Contact a New York Truck Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash, one of the most important steps is to seek legal assistance in a timely manner. To seek compensation for damages resulting from the crash, an attorney must begin a timely investigation to ensure vital evidence is not lost.
Evidence that can help strengthen your claim for money damages can include:
- Truck maintenance records
- Witness statements
- The truck driver's accident history
- The trucking company's policies and procedures
- The speed the truck was traveling at the time of the crash
At the New York law office of Block O'Toole & Murphy, we work with expert witnesses, such as accident investigators and safety directors, who can help prove that the trucking company or truck driver was negligent in causing your accident.
To find out if our New York tractor trailer accident attorneys and team of expert witnesses can take on your claim, call us for a no cost, no-obligation case review. Our offices can also be reached online. Serving Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, all of NYC and New York State.