Steps to Take After a Truck Accident in California

Accidents are overwhelming and it is easy to lose track of the measures needed to be taken when you are involved in one.  If you are ever in an accident with a semi-truck use these tips from our sister website for guidance on what to do.


March 17, 2017 | Taylor Ernst

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When you are involved in a truck accident, you are understandably frightened. Driving such a powerful vehicle is a responsibility that few people undertake. Knowing that there may be injured people in the passenger vehicle that has been struck immediately produces anxiety. Even if the accident wasn’t your fault, there are steps you want to take to protect yourself.

1. Catch Your Breath

Do what you can to calm yourself before you step out of your cab. This is especially true if the accident wasn’t your fault and you are angry. You will be no good to anyone, yourself included, if you get out of your truck ranting and raving. Take a deep breath, steady yourself and then get out. Check on the people in the passenger vehicle and call emergency services.

2. Get Evidence

If you are not in need of immediate medical attention and it is safe to do so, walk the scene and collect evidence. Exchange contact and insurance information with the driver of the other vehicle involved. Take photos of your truck, the passenger vehicle and the scene. Make sure that you take pictures of the road so you can show the conditions that were present at the time of the accident.

If witnesses stopped to offer assistance, get their contact information. Your attorney may want to speak with them should you be sued for the accident. On that same note, if the accident wasn’t your fault and you or your employer decide to sue, witnesses can help prove your case.

3. Do Not Apologize

Even if the accident was your fault and you are certain of that fact, do not admit guilt. Do not apologize for causing the accident, and do not discuss the accident with anyone on scene except to get any witness statements. The words you use now can come back to haunt you later. If you think that you will say the wrong thing, try to say as little as possible. If your truck is safe, get back in your cab and sit and wait for the police.

4. No Recordings

Do not give a recorded statement to anyone without an attorney present. Insurance companies are notorious for attempting to secure recordings from drivers as soon as they make contact. This is hardly ever in your best interest. Again, what you say can be used against you. If you need to speak with the insurance company, have your lawyer do it for you.

5. No Signatures

Another tactic insurance companies use is to trick people into signing paperwork. While some of these papers are innocuous, some grant rights that you do not want to give away at this time. If an insurance company asks you to sign anything, have your attorney look it over before you make your mark.

If you are involved in a semi truck accident in San Luis Obispo, you need the experience of a local attorney fighting by your side. Call our office today for a free case evaluation.

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