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What to Know if You Were in a Truck Accident

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4 Steps to T

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T

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Nobody kno

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t

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he

vy t

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hile you c

n’t pl

n fo

ccidents, you c

n develop

sm

t p

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h

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n eme

gency.

void d

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fte

m

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dvice. P

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s

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nd you

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fte t

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ccident is of p

mount impo

t

nce.

1. Stop

nd Move to

S

fe Loc

tion

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c still

uns, get it to

s

fe loc

tion neby

nd stop. If you

c c

nnot move, get out of it

nd move

s

fe dist

nce

y.

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y fl

mm

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n eme

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poses. Fi

st, it helps to keep you, you

p

ssenge

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t the

ccident scene s

fe by summoning police to cont

ol t

ffic,

nd by summoning

n

mbul

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t

ny eme

gency inju

ies. Second, it is you

leg

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ill be the c

se in vi

tu

lly

ny t

uck

ccident. In Louisi

n

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s if someone s inju

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3. St

y on the Scene if Possible<

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If you

e not se

iously inju

ed, st

y on the scene.

hy? St

ying put

ccomplishes th

ee things: Fi

st, it

llo

s you to spe

k to l enfo

cement. Police

ho come to the

ccident scene

ill file

c

sh

epo

t. These police

epo

ts p

ovide impo

t

nt f

cts

bout

c

sh, including the n

mes of

ll d

ive

s,

hen

nd

he

e the c

sh h

ppened,

nd suppo

ting det

ils such

s the time of d

y

nd the

e

the

. Be su

e to give

full

ccount of

h

t you

emembe

hen you spe

k to l enfo

cement.

Second, sticking

ound

llo

s you to get cont

ct info

m

tion f

om

ll d

ive

s involved. You need thei

n

mes, numbe

s, e-m

il

dd

esses,

nd most impo

t

ntly, thei

insunce info

m

tion. Thi

d, you should t

ke pictu

es of the

ccident scene

ith you

smtphone (onothe

c

me, if you h

ve one). The pictu

es should include:
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    the envi

    onment to sho

    ho

    the

    ccident h

    ppened

    nd its imp

    ct. Be su

    e to include items specific to the

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    ks, o

    t

    ees, sign

    ge, o

    othe

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emembe

you m

y h

ve

leg

l oblig

tion to st

y

t the scene until you h

ve been

pp

oved to le

ve by l enfo

cement.

To

ec

p: get some

he

e s

fe, c

ll 911, sn

p photos, st

y put until they give you the go-

he

d to le

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4. Get Medic

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This one should be

no-bine

, but you’d be su

p

ised ho

m

ny people skip it.

If eme

gency

esponde

s decide you need eme

gency medic

l

ttention, do not decline. Let them t

ke you to

n eme

gency

oom. M

ny people

o

y

bout costly medic

l bills, but you

he

lth ove

ides

ll othe

conside

tions.

If eme

gency

esponde

s decide th

t eme

gency t

e

tment is not needed in you

c

se, you e NOT off the hook. Go see

docto

s soon

s possible. Do not it

ny longe

th

n

d

y to do so.

hy? Bec

use it is enti

ely possible to be inju

ed, even se

iously inju

ed f

om blo

s to the he

d,

nd not feel like

nything is ong

ith you. It is not uncommon, in f

ct, fon

ccident to

ele

se

su

ge of

d

en

line into you

body th

t m

y m

sk m

ny inju

y symptoms.

docto

c

n ex

mine you, identify

ny inju

ies (hidden o

othe

ise),

nd p

esc

ibe t

e

tment. Follo

the docto

’s

ecommend

tions! If the docto

p

esc

ibes medic

tion, then fill the p

esc

iption

nd t

ke it. If the doctoecommends su

ge

y, see the su

geon

t once. If the doctoecommends physic

l the

py, set

n

ppointment

ith

physic

l thepist. Not only does follo

ing medic

l

dvice p

otect you

he

lth, it

lso c

e

tes impo

t

nt medic

l

eco

ds th

t you

lye

m

y find useful in getting you the compens

tion you need

nd dese

ve fo

ny inju

ies. If you postpone o

decline t

e

tment, you

ill lose out on settlement money

nd f

ce othe

lifelong complic

tions. It’s just not

o

th the

isk.

hy Those Steps e Impo

t

nt to

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tion fo

You

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The steps

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ke sense, keep you s

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e you comply

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nd p

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he

lth

nd

ellbeing. But those en’t the only

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sons you should t

ke them to he

t.

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son to follo

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t they

e C

UCI

L fo

getting you f

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compens

tion fo

you

inju

ies. If

nothe

pty s

t f

ult fo

the t

uck

ccident th

t hu

t you, you m

y h

ve the

ight to seek compens

tion fo

d

m

ges, including:
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eve

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tion if you h

ve P

OOF th

t

t

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ccident c

used you

inju

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ll of the steps

bove help gene

te o

p

otect evidence th

t

n expe

ienced t

uck

ccident

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ney c

n use to help you

ecove

the compens

tion you dese

ve. Eme

gency

esponde

s p

ovide evidence of the n

tu

e

nd extent of you

inju

ies. L enfo

cement

ccident

epo

ts p

ovide evidence

bout

ho o

h

t c

used the

ccident. Pictu

es of the vehicles

nd the

ccident scene illust

te the n

tu

e, fo

ce,

nd c

uses of the

ccident. Eme

gency

oom visits

nd doctoppointments c

e

te medic

l

eco

ds th

t se

ve

s evidence

nd p

oof of you

inju

ies

nd

h

t c

used them.

e could go on

nd on, but you get the ide

. Not only does the evidence

bove p

ove

ho c

used

n

ccident

nd the n

tu

e of you

inju

ies, it

lso helps

lye

c

lcul

te the

mount of money you should

eceive f

om the pties

t f

ult. No

, if you h

ve

l

e

dy sust

ined inju

ies in

t

uck

ccident

nd you did not t

ke

ll of the steps

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n th

t you c

nnot still

ecove

compens

tion fo

you

inju

ies

nd losses. Spe

k

ith

n expe

ienced t

uck

ccident inju

y

tto

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ight

y to jumpst

t evidence collection

nd p

otect you

leg

l

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