After a truck accident, it is only reasonable that you have questions about your accident and what to do next. At Embry Law Truck Accidents, we want to help by providing you with answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about truck accidents.
FAQs about Truck Accidents
Q: Are truck accidents worse than car accidents?
A: Auto accidents are scary for everyone involved, and they can be catastrophic no matter what size or type of vehicles are involved. Truck accidents, in particular, are traumatic and often cause the most serious injuries or deaths. Truck accidents can be considered worse, or more complex, for several reasons:
- Trucks are large and carry tons of weight
- Trucks often carry cargo that spills out during an accident
- The truck driver, trucking company, and other parties may be partially responsible for accidents
Q: What are the common causes of truck accidents?
A: Some (but definitely not all) of the common causes of truck accidents on Metro Atlanta roadways include:
- Cargo load problems
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Mechanical failure
- Driver error of any party involved
Q: How do I know who is responsible for the accident?
A. Truck accidents are more complex due to the number of parties involved. You have the truck driver, trucking company, shipper, parts manufacturers, mechanics, and possibly others. Determining who is responsible (liable or at-fault) requires a thorough examination of the accident scene, injuries, police reports, and other details.
Q: Do I have to call 911 if I’m involved in a truck accident?
A: If you are involved in an accident, you must stop and report the crash. If applicable, turn on your hazard lights and move your vehicle from travel lanes. If you cannot move your vehicle, turn on your hazard lights and move to safety.
Call 911, especially if there are any injuries – certainly if anyone died. Have an officer assess the scene and fill out a police report. The officer will help manage the situation and ensure that everyone is safe.
Q: I don’t think I’m injured. Do I need to go to the hospital?
A: After a truck accident, it is wise to get medical attention, even if you don’t have obvious injuries. Truck accidents are serious, and you should never underestimate the potential for injuries that are not yet apparent. Many people discover injuries, pain, bruising, etc. in the days that follow an accident. If you don’t get medical attention, you could harm your chances for compensation if you file an insurance or personal injury claim.
Q: Can I take pictures of an accident scene?
A: Yes! And in fact, you should if you are able to. Make sure you photograph:
- The entire accident scene
- Nearby landmarks or signs
- Property damage to any vehicles involved
- Injuries visible on you or anyone in your vehicle
Don’t take photos of other parties involved without their consent.
Q: Should I talk to insurance companies that call me for information?
A: You can talk to insurance companies, but we recommend talking to a truck accident lawyer first. In the meantime, if you do talk to them, limit what you say. What you say in the “heat of the moment” could be used against you later, including any apologies or admitting you were at fault in some way.
Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have questions about a truck accident, or would like to learn more about these questions, contact Embry Law Truck Accidents today. Our truck accident lawyer will help you understand your rights and obligations, and the options you may have to file a claim.