It’s hard to know what to do after a traumatic event. Trucking accidents in Mississippi can be complex and can involve several factors. However, if you follow certain steps, you can protect your rights.
Report the crash immediately
If you get into a trucking accident, you need to stay at the scene of the crash and remove your vehicle from the road. Then, you need to turn on your hazard lights and place cones around the vehicle to prevent another trucking accident from occurring. If someone has died in the accident, you need to call 911. Otherwise, you need to call the state highway patrol to accurately assess the situation and to instruct you on what you need to do next. You should request a copy of the accident report for your personal records to present as evidence should you need to go to court.
Get prompt medical attention
Injuries may or may not be obvious after a truck crash due to the adrenaline pumping through your body. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you don’t get any treatment at the scene of the accident, have a medical professional examine you to determine if you need further care. If you don’t seek medical attention, your ability to get compensation for any injuries may be impacted.
Getting the other driver’s contact information makes things easier if you choose to seek compensation. The information you need to get includes the name, phone number, email address, and residential address of the driver, the driver’s policy information for their insurance company, the license number for the driver, and the contact information for the driver’s employer.