One person was left with serious injuries following a truck crash on Wednesday, April 26th in Suffolk.
What should I do after being injured in a Virginia truck accident?
According to a local source with knowledge of the accident, police, and emergency responders were dispatched to the scene in the 5000th block of Pruden Boulevard at about 8:30 a.m. Upon their arrival, they discovered that a tractor-trailer and a sedan had collided with one another, leaving the driver of the sedan trapped inside their car.
After extricating the pinned driver from the vehicle, they were then airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital by Nightingale Air Ambulance in serious condition.
The driver of the sedan was the only occupant of the vehicle at the time of the crash. The truck driver was unharmed.
After successfully representing the victims of truck accidents for more than four decades, the Norfolk-area truck accident lawyers at Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp know first-hand how overwhelming and frightening a serious truck accident can be. If you were injured in a Virginia commercial truck accident, call our law offices today to schedule your free case review.
Steps to Take After a Virginia Truck Accident
Whether it is a catastrophic collision or a small fender-bender, the minutes immediately following a truck accident are crucial. In order to protect yourself and your right to recovery, there are a few things you need to do after being involved in a Virginia truck crash:
Notify Local Law Enforcement
The very first thing you need to do if you are involved in a truck accident is to notify the police. After they respond to the scene, they will be tasked with writing a formal police crash report that documents the events surrounding the accident. If you sustained injuries that require medical intervention, this report will help corroborate your claim. The information contained within the report will also be useful should your case go to court.
Get Immediate Medical Attention
Not all accident-related injuries are immediately apparent, so it is always a good idea to be thoroughly examined by a medical professional after any kind of traffic collision. A formal medical report will serve to document any immediate or latent injuries related to your accident. It is critical that you record any pain or symptoms you experience after an accident. If you do not seek medical care or document your injuries, the insurance provider is going to use this to discredit your injury claim by implying that your injuries were not due to the accident, otherwise, you would have sought prompt medical attention.
Collect Relevant Evidence
If you are able, you should take videos or photos before you leave the scene. Get pictures of any damage done to any of the involved vehicles as well as any visible injuries you sustained. It is also vital to write down as much as you can about the crash before you leave the scene. Once things have calmed down, accident victims often have trouble recalling exactly what happened and when. Taking notes on the accident will give you something to refer to later on should your memories be a little hazy.
Injured in a Truck Crash? Call Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp
Accidents involving a large truck are quite different than those only passenger vehicles and they typically lead to more serious injuries. Truck accident cases are virtually impossible to handle on your own, especially if you are recovering from life-changing injuries. An experienced truck accident lawyer can conduct a thorough investigation of the event and identify all potential sources of recovery to ensure the best possible outcome for your situation.
The Norfolk-area personal injury firm of Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp has the resources, skills, and know-how required to see a successful outcome to your Virginia truck crash case. To schedule your free case evaluation, call us today at (833) 997-1774.