Truck accidents in Portland happen on a regular basis. Reckless behavior on the part of the truck driver or the company they work for are often to blame, but it is other motorists involved who tend to suffer the most serious injuries. In these types of cases, you are entitled to compensation for the damages you suffer. However, dealing with the trucking company and their insurers can prove challenging. The following details five steps you need to follow, which can help to protect your rights in filing a claim:
Pull over and notify the police immediately.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), large trucks account for only four percent of all traffic on the road but are responsible for one out of ten motor vehicle accident deaths. With the amount of truck traffic in and around the Portland area, residents here are at an increased risk.
If you come upon a truck accident in your travels, notify the police immediately. If traffic is stopped, pull over to the side of the road as far as possible. If you were directly involved in the crash and are unable to move your vehicle, use extreme caution in exiting. Truck accidents frequently result in chain-reaction collisions. You could easily be struck by other motorists either in your car or while waiting on the road.
Gather important information at the scene.
Once the police arrive and divert traffic, you should begin gathering important information. This includes the name of the truck driver, the company they work for, and any other motorists involved. Get the names and contact information for any witnesses as well and use your cell phone to take pictures of the crash and your damages, if possible.
Pay attention to what you hear.
Avoid making any statements that could be used against you at the scene. At the same time, pay close attention to what the truck driver says. Travelers Insurance advises listening for hints as to the cause of the crash. For example, a busy schedule or being late on deliveries could indicate the driver was speeding.
Get medical care for your injuries.
Regardless of the severity of your truck accident or the injuries you suffer, get medical care as soon as possible. Many potentially serious and disabling conditions have symptoms that may take days or even weeks to appear. Get checked by a doctor and follow all their instructions regarding activity restrictions and follow-up care.
Consult with an attorney prior to talking to insurers.
Insurers are notorious for finding reasons to either deny or downplay claims. Before making statements that could be used against you or accepting a settlement that is far less than you deserve, consult with our experienced Portland truck accident attorneys first.
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