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Plano, TX, has seen a drastic drop in motor vehicle accidents in recent years. In fact, the latest data shows traffic crashes in Plano have dropped by more than 32% since 2018. That’s certainly great news for motorists traversing West Park Blvd., Plano Parkway, Interstate 75 (I-75), or any other roadway in Plano.
Yet, it doesn’t change the fact that, on average, 10 traffic collisions occur every day in Plano, Texas. The worst of these wrecks tend to involve some of the largest vehicles on the roads—tractor-trailers.
Those who have been hurt in an 18-wheeler crash can start getting important information about their potential rights and claims below or in a free, confidential consultation.
What Should I Do After a Truck Accident in Plano?
Semi-truck accidents are often serious, resulting in catastrophic injuries. If you have been badly injured in one of these wrecks, focus on getting medical attention ASAP. If possible, here are some other important things to do after an 18-wheeler accident.
1. Call 911
Plano police can provide critical help after tractor-trailer crashes. While officers can assist in clearing the wreckage and safely redirecting traffic, they can also investigate the crash, record important information, and gather key evidence.
2. Get Medical Care
Get treatment at the scene or as soon as possible after you leave the scene. Medical professionals can diagnose, document, and treat your crash injuries. That can be vital to both your physical recovery and proving damages in a potential case.
3. Exchange & Gather Info
Collect names, contact info, and driver/vehicle/insurance info from the other motorists involved in the accident. Also, try to collect names, contact info, and statements from any witnesses. Instead of writing everything down, consider taking pictures of documents, vehicles, and license plates. You can also record videos of the actions and/or statements made by others at the scene.
4. Collect Evidence at the Scene
This includes accident scene photos and videos of wrecked vehicles, damaged roadway features, debris at the scene, and visible injuries. Try to also capture road and weather conditions and the events at the scene after the wreck.
Along with crash pictures and videos, debris from the crash can also prove to be important evidence. So can your medical records, documents from insurance companies, and other items you may receive after an accident. So, collect and keep what you can related to the crash.
5. Be Careful About What You Say
If you provide statements to others at the scene (police or other involved parties)—and when reporting the accident to your insurance company—stick to the facts. Explain the details you’re sure of, and don’t guess or try to fill in the blanks for anything you don’t know. Also, don’t apologize for the wreck (even if you simply feel bad that it happened), and don’t admit or accept blame for it.
6. Report the Accident to Your Insurance Company
Your auto insurance policy will explain how soon you have to report any crash to the insurer. In some cases, insurers will want to know about an accident within 48 to 72 hours of the crash. So, do your best to honor these terms and tell your insurance company about the wreck as soon as you can after a crash.
Remember, you do not have to make an official (recorded) statement at this time. Since these statements are recorded and your words can be used to try to devalue or deny your claim, it’s best to only make an official statement when you are ready.
7. Consult an Attorney
If another party’s negligence caused your wreck, you could have various legal options for holding the at-fault party accountable and seeking compensation. A Plano truck accident lawyer can evaluate your potential claim and explain what legal remedies may be available to you.
When Should I Contact a Plano Truck Accident Lawyer?
Talk to a Plano truck accident attorney ASAP after an 18-wheeler wreck. This will be in your best interests because:
- A lawyer can take immediate action to start protecting your rights and preserving the available evidence. That can make for a stronger claim while improving the chances for successful outcomes.
- More evidence and potential witnesses tend to be available sooner after the crash, instead of months or more afterward. In fact, negligent parties can be motivated to get rid of potential evidence, and they can easily do that without an attorney taking decisive legal action to intervene and stop them.
- Texas law sets strict time limits for filing truck accident cases. Generally, the law gives victims two years from the date of the crash to file these claims. If the injuries aren’t discovered until later or if they prove to be fatal, the time limit for filing the case will typically start counting down as of the date of diagnosis or death.
- An attorney can show insurers you mean business. From day one, that could be a game-changer when it comes to protecting your rights and advancing a claim towards full, fair compensation.
Find Out How a 5-Star Plano Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help You
Your potential claim and recovery can depend on what you do after an 18-wheeler wreck. Take the right steps and get essential advocacy with an experienced Plano truck accident lawyer on your side.
Call (713) 352-7975 or contact us online for a FREE consultation.