After a truck accident, there are a few steps you can take to increase the strength of your personal injury claim. However, filing a claim for an injury caused by a crash involving a commercial vehicle is a much simpler process if you have one of our experienced personal injury attorneys on your side. At McPhillips, Fitzgerald & Cullum, LLP, we can help you manage your truck accident claim and pursue the compensation you deserve.
If you are involved in a semi-truck accident, you should do the following:
- Seek Medical Attention: Your top priority after an accident is to get medical assistance. Call 911 if injuries are present. If you are not sure if you have injuries, see a doctor within 24 hours. Some serious injuries, like whiplash, don’t cause immediate symptoms. By doing this, you help establish evidence of your injuries.
- Report the Accident: When you call 911, the responding police officer will ask for your information and create an accident report. This is an official account of your accident and can be useful in your claim. Our attorneys can help you obtain a copy of your accident report if you can’t find it.
- Gather Information: If it is safe to do so, take pictures of the scene of your accident, including your injuries, vehicle damage, road conditions, etc. Make sure you also get the name, address, email, and phone number of anybody who witnessed the crash as well as the insurance information for the truck driver or their employer.
- Submit Your Claim: You should submit your claim to the insurance company as soon as possible. Do not accept any blame for the accident and do not give a recorded statement. Anything you say during your contact with the insurance company could be used to reduce or deny your claim.
Once you have submitted your claim, you should seek the help of our motor vehicle accident attorneys. Call McPhillips, Fitzgerald & Cullum, LLP today at 518-792-1174 to schedule a consultation. We are proud to serve clients from our offices in Chestertown and Glens Falls in New York as well as Miami Shores, Florida.