Being involved in a collision with a truck in Iowa can be extremely scary, and often a traumatic, experience. Trucks have a very large amount of force due to their sheer weight and speed. Therefore, truck drivers have the responsibility to be extremely safety-conscious, and they face more penalties for unsafe driving than drivers of ordinary vehicles do.
If you become involved in an accident involving a truck, it could be a complex situation and the likelihood is high that many cars were involved, in addition. It is essential that you act appropriately and collect as much evidence as you can at the scene. The following are three things that you should do immediately after an accident involving a truck.
Take care of your own safety and the safety of others
The first priority in any accident, especially an accident involving a truck, is to make sure that you are safe and ensure the safety of others. It is likely in the case of a truck accident that it took place on a highway. Therefore, there may be many dangers still present after the incident took place, especially in the form of oncoming traffic.
If it is safe to do so, you should check on the safety of other drivers involved. You should call the police if there are injuries or serious property damage. In addition, you should call an ambulance if there is anyone injured to the point of needing medical attention.
Collect as much information as you can at the scene
You should speak to any witnesses at the scene about what they saw, and take down their contact details. In addition, you should take as many photos as you can to document the situation immediately after the event.
Contact your insurance company
Once you have left the scene of the accident and you have attended to any medical needs, you should get in touch with your insurance company. They will conduct an investigation into the incident, and help you to recover damages.
If you have been involved in an accident involving a truck and you are struggling to recoup damages in Iowa, it is important to take action. Contact Ball, Kirk & Holm today to discuss your legal options.