If you or someone you love is involved in a truck accident in Delaware follow these steps immediately following the accident to protect your rights and provide a strong foundation for a successful personal injury claim.
- Call 911: First and foremost, assess yourself and your passengers for possible injuries. It is always best to have a medical evaluation even if you are in minor discomfort. Police accident reports are important to truck accident claims so answer questions from authorities truthfully and accurately. Never leave the scene of an accident until the authorities have been present and processed all the necessary information.
- Gather information: Document the truck driver’s name, make and model of the truck, license number, insurance information, employer information and the name or company who owns the truck. Record the names and contact information of other drivers involved and any witnesses. Take note of the road conditions. Take pictures immediately following the accident, before tow trucks move the vehicles.
- Do not speak to the trucking company’s insurance representative: Only speak to law enforcement or emergency personnel. Do not sign any papers or make statements to insurance representatives without first consulting with a lawyer.
- Seek medical treatment: Without a documented medical examination, it may be more difficult to prove that your injuries were a result of the accident.
- Contact a Delaware personal injury lawyer: Do not wait to contact a lawyer, as there are time limits to which you are able to file a lawsuit. You do not want to lose your right to recover financial compensation for your damages and the injuries incurred from the accident.
- Report the accident to your insurance company: You must notify your insurance company when you are involved in an accident. Failure to do so could result in a denial of your coverage. Do not admit fault. Do not provide them with any written or verbal statements about the accident without the guidance of an experienced accident lawyer.
- Do not post on Social Media: Insurance companies routinely ask if postings have been made to your social media accounts including Facebook, and Twitter. Anything you post may be misconstrued and work against you if you pursue a claim.
Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP: Respected Delaware Truck Accident Law Firm Seeking Compensation for Injured Victims and Their Families
At Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP,our lead Delaware personal injury attorney, Peter Janczyk,has a thorough understanding of the state and federal rules that govern the trucking industry. Applying any violations of these Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations is a critical component of a successful truck accident lawsuit. We will determine the parties responsible and hold them accountable, aggressively fighting to obtain the maximum compensation allowed under the law.
Our law offices are conveniently located in Wilmington, Delaware and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, making us easily accessible to serve our clients in both states. Call us today at (302)-295-5050 (toll free – 800-300-0909) to schedule a free consultation with our Delaware trucking accident lawyers or contact us online.