Fighting For You After An Accident

What should I do if a truck rear-ends my car?

On Behalf of | Feb 24, 2024 | Trucking Accidents

Vehicle accidents are scary, and few incidents can are scarier than getting rear-ended by a large commercial truck. Thoughts of the sheer size and weight of the truck colliding with your vehicle, the potential for serious injuries or even fatalities and the overwhelming sense of vulnerability as you realize the impact’s force can be overwhelming.

If this happens, it is crucial to understand the steps to take immediately following the accident to better ensure your safety, document the incident, and protect your legal rights. The following are several steps you can take to handle the situation effectively.

Check for injuries

Rear-end accidents can inflict a range of injuries, from minor bumps and bruises to more severe trauma like whiplash, spinal injuries or even head injuries. Immediately after the collision, check yourself and any passengers in your vehicle for injuries. Call the police and emergency services right away and prioritize getting medical attention. The police report should include details such as the location, time and circumstances of the accident, as well as statements from involved parties and witnesses.

Document the scene

Taking photos of the accident scene can provide valuable evidence for insurance claims and legal proceedings. Be sure to capture images of the vehicles involved, including the damage sustained, the position of the vehicles relative to each other and the roadway, any skid marks or debris on the road, traffic signs or signals and any visible injuries or property damage. Also, gather contact information from the truck driver, including their name, license plate number, insurance details and employer information if applicable.

Notify your insurance provider

As soon as you can, notify your insurance provider of the accident. Provide them with all the necessary details, including the date, time and location of the incident, as well as any information you collected from the truck driver and witnesses. Be honest and accurate when recounting the events leading up to the accident, and follow any instructions or requests from your insurance company promptly.

After an accident, keeping calm and seeking medical attention is essential for ensuring your well-being and addressing any potential injuries promptly. Consider seeking legal guidance to understand your rights and options, as truck accident cases can involve complex legal issues and potentially multiple liable parties.