A Utah semi-truck accident can easily destroy property and lives. This type of accident tends to be significantly more damaging than an accident between two passenger cars. Commercial trucks are so much heavier than passenger cars. In an accident between the two, the passenger car always loses.
No one wants to be involved in a trucking accident – but unfortunately, you don’t always get a choice. Even if you are driving perfectly, a semi-truck can still hit you and leave you seriously injured or worse. Here are some tips on what to do if you are involved in an accident with a commercial truck.
After a Utah Semi-Truck Accident – 5 Steps
1. Get help for the injured.
Each accident is different, so you will need to use your best judgment about what to do first. However, if you or anyone else is injured, getting treatment for those injuries should be the priority. That may mean helping someone who is hurt, calling 911, or whatever makes the most sense at the time.
2. Contact law enforcement.
If you have called 911, then law enforcement is already on its way. If you didn’t call 911, be sure to have someone call the police and report the accident. You should call the police and report the accident even if you think your injuries are minor. That’s because a police report is useful in a personal injury case. The report is documentation of what happened during the accident.
3. Take photos of the accident scene.
Utah car accident attorneys, even the best ones, can build a stronger case when they have evidence. Photos of the accident scene can provide much-needed evidence. Just make sure it’s safe for you to be documenting the accident scene. It’s not worth a few photos to put yourself in danger on a busy highway, for instance.
4. Gather documentation from all the parties involved.
Before you leave the scene of the accident, you should try to get the following from the other driver:
- Name, address, phone number, and email address
- Insurance information
- License number
- License plate number
- Trucking company’s name and number
5. Get contact info of witnesses.
If any people saw the crash, even only part of it, try to get their contact information. It’s not necessary to get statements from them – the police will do that – but your lawyer will appreciate having contact information for them.
Contact Our Utah Semi-Truck Accident Firm
Once you have completed the steps above, the next thing to do is contact Carlson Injury. Our firm helps accident victims like you get compensation for their injuries. It’s our job to take care of the legal side while you focus on recovery.
Please call us today at (801) 845-4577 or fill out our secure online contact form to speak to our attorney. Our firm helps clients throughout Salt Lake City, Orem, Bountiful, Provo, and everywhere in between. Contact us now to learn more.