For many people their truck is a source of pride and joy. They love personalizing the exterior or interior cab. They just feel great sitting up high behind the steering wheel as they drive along. The last thing they are thinking about is getting into an accident. But it can happen in the blink of an eye.
According to the State of Texas DOT, in 2015 there were over 185,000 total crashes throughout the state involving pickup trucks.
Even though you are a safe driver and never caused an accident, it could be another driver – perhaps one that is distracted or inebriated – that hits your truck and ruins your day.
Hopefully this accident is nothing more than a slight scrape or dent. But at any level of severity, you do not want to take chances. Here’s what to do.
Stay in your truck especially if you are on a busy highway. Call 911 and wait until the authorities arrive on the scene. Stay calm and make sure anyone else riding with you is okay.
Give the police or highway patrol officer your driver’s license, auto insurance policy number and vehicle registration number. Then call your insurance agent. Follow her instructions on what to do next.
Do not assume that you have not sustained an injury just because you do not appear physically hurt. Be aware that even in minor bumps soft tissue injuries can occur. There could be neck trauma, internal bleeding, or nerve damage that can lead to much bigger problems if undetected and left untreated.
So don’t take any chances. If you feel sore, have headaches, experience any numbness or muscle spasms later in the day – or in the following days – visit your doctor right away for a professional assessment.
Meanwhile, you should contact a Houston truck accident attorney. He will answer your questions and serve as your representative if further legal action is required. You want to have the peace of mind to know an experienced professional is handling these matters for you.
You can help to expedite your case by writing down notes to establish a timeline record of events post-accident. Keep these notes plus all related documents, such as your copy of the accident report, repair estimates, and medical bills, in a safe place. Make copies of these documents and give one of each to your attorney. In the event you are seriously injured, instruct close family members to help you with these activities.
Most of all, take care of yourself while you recover from this incident.