Truck Drivers: What Should You Do If You Were Involved in a Car Accident

Unfortunately, accidents happen, especially if you spend most of the time on the road. It is not going to be a question of are you going to get into an accident. It is going to be when.

When you get into an accident, it is essential that you react the right way afterward. If you don’t act right, you could set yourself up for some legal trouble.

So, what should you do if you are involved in an accident?

Call the cops. Even if you were at fault, it is important that you call 9-1-1 so that the cops (and any medical personnel) come to the site quickly.

Don’t ever leave the site. Though your reaction may be to leave the scene of the accident, it is important that you stay right where you are (until you are told that you are allowed to leave). You are going to need to wait until the cops come.

Leave the scene the way that it is if you can. The cops are going to want to figure out what happened. The best way to do so is by seeing where the accident happened and where the vehicle is. Though you may need to move your truck off of the road, you should try to leave it alone if you can.

Take pictures. It is important that you take pictures as evidence. You should take pictures of the vehicles before you move them off of the side of the road. You should also take pictures of any signal lights, stop signs, and intersections that are nearby so that you can see why the accident happened (if someone ran a red light).

If you are involved in an accident, you should always start by calling the police and then waiting for them to arrive. You should try to keep the scene the way that it was, unless you need to move your truck off of the road. Either way, make sure that you take pictures to show people exactly what happened. You may need these if the insurance companies get involved.

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David Ott

David Ott

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