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I've Been Injured in a Truck Accident - What Now?

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Every year in the U.S., tens of thousands of people are injured in large truck crashes. Over 3,000 deaths occur annually in these crashes.
 
In Texas, there were nearly 35,000 crashes involving commercial motor vehicles, resulting in 584 fatalities and 1,426 incapacitating injuries in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available.

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I've Been Injured in a Truck Accident - What Now?

  1. 1. I'VE BEEN INJURED IN A TRUCK ACCIDENT - WHAT NOW? After a terrifying collision with a tractor-trailer, knowing the right steps can make all the difference.
  2. 2. How Common are Large Truck Crashes? ■ Every year in the U.S., tens of thousands of people are injured in large truck crashes. Over 3,000 deaths occur annually in these crashes. ■ In Texas, there were nearly 35,000 crashes involving commercial motor vehicles, resulting in 584 fatalities and 1,426 incapacitating injuries in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available. FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.426.2621
  3. 3. Before We Get Started… You should know that every case is different. The guidelines we set forth in the following pages can vary greatly depending on the circumstances of your crash. Safety is always the biggest priority following a collision with a tractor-trailer. Pay attention to the severity of the injuries anyone involved has suffered and, if you are in a dangerous situation, first make sure to get yourself out of harm’s way. FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.426.2621
  4. 4. Step #1 - Call 911 and get medical attention ■ First, call 911 to request a police officer. If your injury is severe, request an ambulance, too. Even if you aren’t quite sure whether your injuries are worse than they seem, it’s best to err on the side of caution and seek a doctor’s care as soon as possible. ■ If you choose to stay on the scene and can do so, only then should you take the following steps... FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.426.2621
  5. 5. Step #2 - Get out of danger, if possible If your vehicle is in harm’s way, you should make sure that you and your passengers are put in the safest position possible. If your vehicle can be moved to the side of the road out of traffic, then do so. If not, walk to a safe place and wait for the police. FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.426.2621
  6. 6. Step #3 – Cooperate with the police Regardless of whether anyone has been hurt, a police officer should always be called to the scene of the crash. Once the officer arrives, answer their questions honestly and comply with their requests. The police officer will file a report, which will then be used by insurers and, in the event you file a personal injury claim, by you and your attorney. FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.426.2621
  7. 7. Step #4 - Get the other driver’s information While you wait for the police, gather the basic information of the truck driver, including their name and contact and insurance information. There’s no need to be confrontational with the other driver, but also take care not to engage in lengthy dialogue. The words you use immediately following a crash can be used by other parties to place the burden of responsibility for the crash on your shoulders. FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.426.2621
  8. 8. Step #5 - If possible, take pictures and talk to witnesses If your injuries don’t prevent you from doing so, take pictures of the scene of the crash, including any property damage that has occurred. If there were witnesses to the crash, consider gathering their contact information in case you need to get their account of the accident. FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.426.2621
  9. 9. Step #6 - Keep a file In the hours, days and weeks that follow the accident, keep copies of anything you receive that relates to your crash. This includes a copy of the police report, medical bills, repair bills, doctor bills and everything else that documents your costs and experiences related to the crash. FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.426.2621
  10. 10. Step #7 - Contact a truck accident attorney Unfortunately, it’s often the case that insurance companies don’t offer the compensation someone deserves in the wake of crash-related injury. For this reason, people should contact an attorney soon after their accident to deal with insurance companies, attorneys and anything else that might result from a crash. A truck accident attorney will handle correspondence and fight to make sure you aren’t given less compensation than you deserve. FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.426.2621
  11. 11. Step #8 - Listen to your doctor and prioritize your health In the weeks and months that follow your crash, make recovery from your injuries your top priority. Follow all the advice given to you by your doctor and keep track of your progress, setbacks and challenges. FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.426.2621
  12. 12. The Importance of Hiring a Truck Accident Attorney Truck accident cases aren’t like other types of crashes. There are several federal and state laws that govern commercial vehicles. Unlike most other car accidents, these crashes often involve businesses that have legal teams in place to mitigate a trucking company’s liability for a crash involving their driver. For these reasons, it’s best to seek an attorney who has experience in crashes involving large trucks. They’ll know what to expect and how to deal with insurance companies, trucking businesses and opposing attorneys. FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.426.2621
  13. 13. Contact Guajardo & Marks to Get Started If you’ve been injured in a crash with a large truck in Texas, we encourage you contact Guajardo & Marks to schedule a free consultation. We’ve built our reputation on the results we get for clients who have suffered serious injuries. Put our experience and resources to work in your case. Give us a call or visit us online to get started. FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.426.2621

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