Being involved in any kind of automobile accident can be stressful enough, but when you are driving a big rig, it can be all the more nerve-racking. This is especially true if that 18-wheeler you drive is company property! Even so, there are things you should always do after any collision of any kind from minor to serious and no matter who you feel is at fault. This is information you will need to hand over to your truck collision attorney in Houstonwhen they represent you. Here are the very basics of what your attorney will need to know.
Details from the Scene of the Accident
The first thing you will want to jot down is anything you can remember about the date and time of the accident. What were the weather and road conditions like? Who exactly was involved in the accident and were there any other vehicles involved? These are very important pieces of information, because this is where your lawyer will begin. Also, when making note of damage, make sure to write the most specific details you can. If you can keep your thoughts together at the scene, it also helps to inspect any of the damage to the other vehicle or property to see if it looks as though it is old. You wouldn’t believe the number of people who try to get compensation for previously existing damage!
What You Can Gather from Statements Being Made
Take the time to see what you can learn from statements being made. Not only will it be essential to take note of what the other driver states if there was another vehicle involved but any witness statements as well. If what you hear on the date of your accident conflicts with any testimony brought forward by the other attorney representing the other parties involved, your lawyer will be able to determine why their testimonies don’t match statements made at the scene. It could just be that time has dulled their memory, as it has a way of doing, but it could also mean they are fabricating for some personal gain. As a side note, also be careful what you say at the scene as well!
What You Witness in Terms of Injuries and Property Loss
This is the big one that needs detailing when taking notes after a truck collision. Again, it is more common than you think for other parties in the accident to pad their losses on insurance claims. So, always make note of any people, pedestrians or passengers who were injured and to what extent. No, you are not a doctor, but you can take note of whether they were transported to hospitals by emergency vehicle or walked away of their own accord. As mentioned above, take as detailed notes as possible as to the amount of damage you can see, because this will also significantly affect a claim for compensation.
Finally, you should never to talk to anyone without your attorney present, and don’t give your notes to anyone either. Whether you believe you are at fault or not, only your lawyer should have access to your notes.