Intimidating and powerful, commercial 18-wheelers must share the road each day with everyday motorists in vehicles that pale in comparison.
Houston, Texas, home to one of the busiest ports in all of America, is no stranger to seeing 18-wheelers of all sorts drive side-by-side non-commercial motorists each day. Our city’s boisterous economy is dependent on the oilfield among other trades which pass supplies and products in and out of the city utilizing 18-wheelers to ensure deliveries can be fulfilled.
A car accident of any magnitude can be frightening, and when an accident occurs with an 18-wheeler, this unfortunate event only magnifies itself. With over 100,000 accidents involving an 18-wheeler resulting in an injury, what you do and how you react can have significant ramifications on the aftermath of your car accident and your recovery.
If you have been in a wreck with an 18-wheeler, read this short article on what you should do to protect yourself during this difficult time.
First and foremost, your health and safety should be your main priority. Contact 911 in case of an emergency and determine the health of those also involved in the accident such as your passengers.
Contacting law enforcement is imperative for the claims process, will provide witness information for the wreck, and give statements about the accident to be used by insurance companies and personal injury attorneys.
Wait for assistance and provide your side of the story whenever possible before leaving. Never leave without an officer’s permission, as this can leave doubt about your statement and may even present a violation of the law.
In today’s digital age, it is more important and easier than ever to document events that unfold in our lives. An accident with anyone, especially an 18-wheeler, is a prime opportunity for utilizing your technology to your advantage.
Pictures of affected areas, injuries, angles in which the vehicles are at the scene, insurance information, and more are all vital pieces of evidence that will be used in the handling of your claim.
Shoot videos of the area and of those who were involved in the wreck to collect further data such as bodily movements and comprehensive looks at the damaged vehicles. Video can also be used to help confirm road conditions and the time of day. Debris and any other bits of evidence such as tire marks can also help protect you in the long run.
An accident involving an 18-wheeler can often lead to high medical bills, loss of wages, emotional damage, disfigurement, impairment, and more. Having the right personal injury lawyer by your side is important in ensuring the recovery of all damages you are entitled to receive.
When it comes to wrecks involving an 18-wheeler in Houston, Texas, and its surrounding areas, Spurlock Law Firm is the name Houstonians can trust to fight for their interests and win.
Have you been injured by an 18-wheeler?
Kim Spurlock has handled thousands of personal injury cases and is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Contact Spurlock Law Firm now and see how they can fight for justice in your personal injury case through proven winning strategies and experience.