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Steps to Take After a Truck Accident 

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After a truck accident, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Only an experienced doctor can determine whether you sustained serious injuries from the crash. You should also exchange information and document the scene as best as possible. Your first phone call will likely be to law enforcement and emergency services. 

Next, contact our team at Patterson Law Group. We have a robust pre-litigation department that utilizes the latest technology.  When a client signs with us, our pre-litigation attorneys and staff aggressively pursue a settlement with the insurance companies before filing a lawsuit. If you’ve been hurt in a truck accident, you need a hard-working and efficient team you can trust. Contact us for a free consultation; we’re happy to answer your questions and review your case.  

What To Do Immediately After a Truck Accident 

Truck accidents are the most dangerous and often involve serious injuries or death. Many people lose consciousness or become trapped in their vehicles. Ensure your safety first. If you can do so safely, consider these additional steps. 

1. Notify Authorities 

Call the police, especially if there are serious injuries or property damage. Law enforcement can document the scene and create an accident report, which is crucial for future insurance and legal procedures. 

2. Document the Scene 

Take photos of the accident scene, including vehicle damages, injuries, road conditions, and skid marks or debris. This may provide valuable evidence in your case. 

3. Get Information 

Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver(s) involved. This includes their name, address, phone number, insurance company, and policy number. 

4. Gather Witnesses 

If there are any witnesses, get their contact details. Their account of the incident can support your claim. 

5. Seek Medical Attention 

Even if you feel fine, seeing a doctor is essential. Failure to do so could negatively impact your case if you later determine you have injuries from the crash. 

6. Contact an Attorney 

Reach out to an attorney who specializes in truck accidents. We will guide you through the legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve. 

What to Do in the Weeks and Months that Follow 

What you say and do may affect your case, so follow instructions from your doctor and attorney. Every case is different, and only your attorney can advise you.  

Here are some general recommendations: 

  • Avoid posting about the accident or your health on social media. Anything you post could become evidence against you. 
  • Follow the doctor’s instructions. Follow-up appointments and treatments are important to your recovery and your case. 
  • Store documents safely. This includes insurance claim forms, medical bills, and accident reports. 
  • Monitor the mail for related correspondence. The other driver’s insurance company may contact you directly with settlement offers. Do not accept or sign anything without consulting an attorney first. 
  • Stay in contact with your attorney. Keep your attorney updated on any new developments related to the case, such as medical treatments and changes in your condition.  

Contact Patterson Law Group for a Free Consultation 

Contact a Fort Worth truck accident attorney today if you have been involved in a truck accident. Our team at Patterson Law Group is ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. Schedule your free consultation today. We work on a contingency basis, so there are no upfront legal fees.   

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