Many people involved in truck accidents experience injuries that require urgent medical care. If you are ever in a truck accident in Louisiana, here’s what you should know about what to do next.
Stop and call the police
If you are involved in a truck accident, you need to remain at the crash scene. After you ensure that you and your passengers are safe, get your car out of the road. Turning on the hazard lights will help prevent another accident. If there are any injuries, call 911 to request law enforcement and medical assistance. The role of the police is to assess the accident while writing an accident report. The police will also instruct you on what to do next.
Seek medical treatment
Even if you do not appear to be hurt, you need to seek medical attention. Do not reject any medical treatment offered to you at the crash site. If you aren’t treated at the site, visit your doctor immediately. Refusing any medical attention interferes with your medical compensation claim if the symptoms of your injuries don’t appear until hours or days later.
Check for witnesses
After an accident, always check for any witnesses at the crash scene. If you need to contact them later, you can ask them for their contact details. Once you have access to the accident report, you can check whether the police interviewed any witnesses.
Document the accident
If you have a phone or a camera on you, take photos of the accident scene. Images are essential evidence to help determine who was at fault. Photographic evidence also indicates the severity of the injuries at the accident and the damage your vehicle suffered. You can also take photos of your injuries.
If you suffered injuries in a truck accident, compensation may help you pay your bills while you recover. You might want to contact an attorney to learn about your legal options.