What to Do Following a Truck Accident

What Steps Should You Take After a Truck Collision?

Being involved in a motor vehicle accident is a serious matter, especially when it involves a large truck or tractor trailer. Defining a large truck as a truck which weighs more than 10,000 pounds, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 125,000 large trucks were involved in crashes in 2016, killing 4,564 people and injuring 180,000 more. That year, 106 of these truck accident fatalities occurred in New York. Whether you are driving a car, riding a motorcycle or bike, or simply walking the streets as a pedestrian, everybody should be aware of the steps to take should you ever become injured in a crash with a truck.

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.

Next Steps After You've Been Hit by a Truck

The following is a general guide to the steps which should be taken following a crash with a truck, 18-wheeler or tanker. While the first priority should be seeking medical care, injured accident victims should speak to an attorney as soon as possible, so that they can be advised on how to avoid saying anything potentially incriminating.

Keep Comments Minimal: While you should be truthful after an accident, you should never apologize for what happened, admit that the crash was your fault, or agree that your injuries are minor at the suggestion of an insurance company or any other party. 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, so that all injured parties can receive proper medical attention. Remember that it is a crime to leave the scene of an accident involving serious injury or death.

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 an Attorney with Experience in Truck Accident Cases

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 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. Past results that we have won for clients injured in truck crashes include:

  • $14,000,000 verdict after a motorcyclist was struck by a truck attempting to make a left turn
  • $6,000,000 settlement for a bus passenger after the bus he was in collided with a flatbed truck
  • $5,500,000 settlement for the driver of a pickup truck who was sideswiped by a tractor trailer

Receive a no-cost, no-obligation case review from our experienced team of New York tractor trailer accident attorneys by calling 212-736-5300. Serving Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and New York State.