Got in a Truck Accident in Houston? Do This Next.
Houston is the center point of many trucking companies and is a city through which many trucks traveling cross country pass. With the presence of these trucks, truck accidents occur frequently. Though they are important to many of the industrial or commercial undertakings that run our cities, trucks are often the cause of vehicular accidents and roadside injuries because of their enormous size, heavy loads and the heavy traffic on our roads.
According to annual statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are at least 500,000 truck-related accidents recorded in the country every year. Around 5,000 of these result in death to the truck driver, passengers, or to persons in other vehicles.
What to Do When Involved in a Truck Accident
Truck accidents pose a risk to the lives of many drivers. It is therefore important to always have the information on what to do and where you can seek help if you are involved in a truck accident.
If you are able, or if you have witnessed a truck crash:
The first thing you need to do at the time of any vehicular accident is to call 911. This is to alert the authorities and emergency responders of your location and condition of the parties involved.
Get medical treatment.
Most truck accidents lead to severe injuries, disabilities and/or death. Whether you are the truck driver or a driver or passenger in another vehicle, you should be evaluated after an accident for fractures, concussions, hemorrhages and other life-threatening injuries you may have received.
Issue statements cautiously.
Whether you are the truck driver, the driver or passenger in the other vehicle involved or the pedestrian, it is best not to issue a statement right away. Often, those involved in a vehicular accident are in a state of shock or have altered consciousness, causing them to be confused as to what happened.
Insurance companies often want to get statements and settle insurance claims as quickly as possible. You should always consult with a lawyer before accepting any settlement or making any statement to any insurance company. Always consult a lawyer to make informed legal decisions. This will help in getting a fair settlement.
Look for an attorney that can help you.
Truck accidents often lead to injury, disability, and even death. It is of utmost importance that when involved in one, you or your family try to protect yourself and receive fair settlements from the company who insures the person or persons who may be at fault.
If you have more questions about truck accidents and what to do when involved in them, contact Joyce Stamp Lilly, 713-759-6430.
June 27, 2017 9:58 am
Categories: Truck Accident