Truck Accident Dos and Don'ts

Steps you should take after a truck accident include:

  • Get yourself and others to a safe location.
  • Seek medical attention right away if you think your injuries are critical.
  • If you have a camera or camera phone, take photos of the license plates and the vehicles, as well as any vehicle damage and the location.
  • Get contact information of any eyewitnesses.
  • Write down the truck's license plate number and the truck driver's license number, the truck company's insurance information, and any identification information specific to the truck and trailer.

There are also a number of things you should not do after a truck accident:

  • Do not admit or imply you are at fault to anyone, and do not discuss the cause of the truck accident. Do not give any statement to anyone other than police officers.
  • Do not sign any documentation other than the police report. Read the entire report carefully before signing it.
  • Do not speak to the truck driver unless necessary – you do not want to inadvertently admit fault or discuss the details of the accident.
  • Do not make statements to your insurance company or the trucking company's insurance. You should inform your own insurance company of the fact you were in an accident, but do not give them details or a statement until after you have spoken to our attorneys.

The most important things you can do are to seek medical attention for your injuries and to contact our attorneys as soon as possible. Restrict your communication with other parties.

If you have been injured in an accident with a tractor-trailer, please contact the Law Offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss to schedule a consultation with an experienced Vermont truck accident attorney.

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