Although most truck drivers are responsible and attentive, sometimes a careless driver causes a crash. Or, the fault may be traced all the way back to negligent hiring practices, inadequate training, improper truck maintenance or other instances in which the trucking operation is cutting corners.
If you believe the truck crash that injured you was caused by someone else's negligence or was otherwise someone else's fault, then we encourage you to contact our attorneys in Lakewood, CO, at 303-237-7373. We provide a complimentary consultation. Our staff is fluent in English and in Spanish. Call today to find out how we can help you pursue justice.
Steps to Take in the Moments, Hours, Days and Weeks Following
Trucking accidents are scary. The Front Range got a stark reminder of the potential tragedy of truck accidents when a semi truck collided with stopped traffic on eastbound I-70 late last April. Four people were killed in that crash and many more were injured. It was a tragic example of just how destructive these accidents can be. Commercial trucks are large and heavy. They also have clearance so high that passenger cars may crash into the undercarriage during a collision. The damage can easily be fatal.
The moments after this type of wreck are usually very overwhelming. Injured victims may be in shock. You will need to act in the way you see fit at the time. In general, some of the following pointers are advisable after a crash, but you should use your judgment in the moment:
- Get yourself to safety. An accident scene may pose further risk beyond the crash impact itself. If you can move, and if any other injured victims can be moved, you should get out of the roadway to safety.
- Call 9-1-1 if you can, or designate a specific person to call 9-1-1. Dispatchers will determine if your accident requires a police/emergency services response.
- Report everything you know to the responding police officers. Stick to the facts and let them know your side of the story. They will prompt you with questions to fill in the details they need. You should ask for their name and badge number so you know how to track down the police report and other information in the days ahead.
- Gather information if you are able to do so safely. Contact information for witnesses as well as other involved drivers is a good idea. But only pursue this if you can do so safely. If you talk to the truck driver, be very careful not to discuss or in any way take responsibility for the crash. In fact, don't discuss fault with anyone other than our lawyers.
- Seek medical care. Schedule a check-up with your doctor, even if you didn't have to go to the emergency room and even if you aren't sure you are injured. Your doctor will check for signs of brain injury or other trauma that may not have been immediately apparent.
- Report the crash to your auto insurance company. Answer your insurer's questions, but let them know you won't give a recorded statement without first consulting your attorney.
- Contact our attorneys. The experienced lawyers at the Frickey Law Firm will listen to the details of the accident and let you know if you can pursue maximum compensation. In addition to medical bills, you may be facing loss of wages, as well as pain and suffering. We can fight to recover compensation for all of these things and others.
Get Answers in a Complimentary Consultation
If you live in Lakewood, Denver, Boulder or the surrounding areas of Colorado, and if you were injured in a commercial trucking accident that was not your fault, then you may have a case to pursue compensation and justice for your injuries. For your free consultation, please call the Frickey Law Firm at 303-237-7373.