As the weather is still warm, many families will be taking day or weekend trips to the beach or other locations in and around Texas. The most popular way to travel for shorter trips is generally by car. You pack the whole family and your belongings in the car and take off on the highway to your destination. Unfortunately, any time you travel on a major highway, you will certainly encounter large commercial trucks, which will increase your chances of being involved in a collision. While no one wants to think about the possibility of an accident, it is important to know what to do in case a Texas tractor-trailer wreck may happen.
Assess Your Need for Medical Attention
When a large big rig crashes into your family car, there is the potential for very serious injuries to result. Check yourself and your family members to see if there are any obvious injuries that require medical attention. Make sure someone has called 911 to send emergency medical personnel to the scene of the accident. If you need medical help, go to the emergency room and have someone else take care of the below steps if possible. Your health and safety should be your number one priority.
Talk to Law Enforcement
If you can remain on the scene, you should tell police officers your side of the story about what happened in the accident. Officers will put this information in an accident report and can cite or arrest the truck driver if they were speeding, driving under the influence,1 or violating any other Texas traffic laws.2
Make sure you collect as much information as possible, including the names of everyone involved, the trucking company that employed the driver, take photos of the damage to the vehicles and the road where the accident occurred, and collect as much information as possible.
Talk to a Texas Semi Collision Attorney about a Possible Case
One of the most important things you can do following a truck accident is to call a Houston 18-wheeler crash lawyer as soon as possible. Please call the office of Stewart J. Guss, Attorney At Law at 800-898-4877 for help today.