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Important steps to take after an accident with a commercial truck

A lot of national and international trucking traffic moves through the state of Texas. Because of that, it should come as no surprise that Texas is one of the ten worst states when it comes to fatal crashes with commercial trucks. Not all trucking accidents end in a fatality. Many more of them result in serious injuries, from spinal cord damage and closed head injuries to broken bones. Collisions with these massive vehicles can have long-lasting repercussions. If you were recently in an accident involving a commercial truck, there are steps to take to protect yourself and your family.

Document everything as soon as possible

If you are able to do so, begin documenting the accident as soon as possible. Modern cellphones allow for photographs as well as audio or video recordings. If possible, get images or footage of the accident scene before it is moved or disturbed by traffic or first responders. Otherwise, make a record of what happened immediately before, during, and after the accident. This information may help you in the future. Additionally, make a point of keeping all bills that result from the accident together for quick reference. From car repairs to emergency transport, chances are, there will be a lot of them.

Ensure everyone receives adequate medical attention

Having a doctor document your injuries after an accident is critical. Not only can he or she determine the seriousness of your injuries (concussions can be hard to notice on your own), this medical professional can help establish a record of the damage caused by the accident. Even after trauma care has been provided, there may be a need for ongoing care, including physical therapy or even psychological counseling to deal with post traumatic stress.

Whatever the nature of the injury, you and the other occupants of the vehicle deserve to be treated for your resulting medical conditions following an accident with a commercial truck.

Speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible

While you don't want to call them while waiting for law enforcement to arrive, you should make a point of consulting an attorney as soon as possible. Initial consultations are free, and the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney may prove invaluable. They will know, for example, if the truck driver's insurance company is offering you a low ball settlement offer. They can help negotiate on your behalf with insurers. That's one source of stress you don't need while you're recovering from an accident!

Truck accidents are all too common, and those who have been through one deserve adequate legal representation. If it becomes the best option for your case, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you file a civil suit against the truck driver, their insurance company, or their employer to recoup your lost wages, medical expenses, and lost property costs (such as the replacement of your vehicle).

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