Due to their large size, collisions involving commercial truck accidents are catastrophic events. Victims are often left with severe injuries that can leave them permanently disabled. These injuries and medical care require significant financial compensation. This is just the beginning of a process truck accident victims face when obtaining compensation for their injuries.
What To Do Following an Accident
After a collision, Illinois law prohibits individuals involved in the crash from leaving the scene. Victims should move somewhere safe and contact 911. Calling 911 ensures that police and paramedics arrive and provide emergency care for any injured victims. This also increases the chances of a police report being prepared in a timely manner. Victims should also document a collision, and seek medical treatment.
Gathering Evidence and Documenting a Collision
Police reports provide crucial information, such as witness contact information. Police reports also provide information about the identity of the truck driver and the trucking company. Depending on the severity of the collision, some police departments will conduct a forensic investigation and prepare a written accident reconstruction report.
Sometimes police reports are incorrect or incomplete, which is why victims should obtain the names and contact information for any witnesses to the collision. Victims should also photograph their injuries and the scene of the collision. Specifically, vehicle debris, skid marks, and the vehicles involved should be photographed.
Obtaining Medical Treatment
While some injuries are not readily obvious, truck accident victims should obtain medical treatment at a hospital. Depending on a victim’s injuries, he or she may require additional medical treatment, such as physical therapy. Victims who suffered more severe injuries may require additional treatment from a medical specialist, such as an orthopedist or occupational therapist. Some victims may be unable to work as a result of their injuries and should obtain medical documentation, such as sick slips.
Speaking With Attorney to Build a Case
An experienced truck accident lawyer can provide a realistic evaluation of a truck accident case. A truck accident attorney can advise a victim on how they can get the most out of a truck accident claim. A lawyer can also gather critical evidence such as employment records, drug test results, maintenance records, and travel logs. These records can be used to prove a truck driver’s negligence.