Here are five things to do after you were in an accident with a UPS truck or any other truck:
- First, stay on the scene of the accident and call the police. Be sure to tell the officer what happened – stating facts, not opinions. You will need to get a copy of the accident report for your records and for the personal injury claim. The officer will most likely investigate the crash and determine fault.
- If it is physically possible for you to do so, you should get photos of the accident scene. Get pictures from all angles and get images of the damages and the injuries. This will help show who was at fault and how the accident occurred. You can use your smartphone for this. Take photos of visible injuries as well.
- Be sure to check for any witnesses. If there are witnesses to the accident, ask them to provide written statements and to include their names and contact details for future reference. Corroborating witness statements can mean the success of your personal injury claim.
- Establish medical care. Failing to seek medical treatment right away can be devastating to your personal injury claim. You will need to seek treatment from an emergency room or an urgent care facility. If injuries are severe, call an ambulance. Be sure to maintain all follow up care. Keep copies of medical bills, medical records, proof of missed work and lost wages, medical excuses, and all supporting documentation.
- Retain the services of a personal injury attorney. The other party will be represented by its legal team and it would be difficult to stand up to them alone. You need an experienced accident injury lawyer to represent you. Personal injury attorneys handle such claims on a contingency basis, so you will not have any upfront costs or out-of-pocket expense. Your lawyer will get paid after you are compensated for your damages through a judgment or a settlement for your personal injury claim.
With the right planning and preparation, you can protect your rights and maintain documentation to support your claim after a truck accident. Your damages might include medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, and much more. Your lawyer will be able to help you every step of the way.
The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against UPS or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.