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Commercial Pickup Truck Accidents
If you’re in an accident involving a pickup truck, it’s a traumatic and frightening experience. Keeping a level head and taking the right steps can improve your chances of avoiding further injury and getting just compensation if the other driver is negligent.
At 1-800-Truck-Wreck, we specialize in commercial pickup truck accidents. We know the ins and outs of the trucking and insurance companies and are equipped with the knowledge and resources to build a winning case for our clients.
What Causes Pickup Truck Accidents
Commercial pickup trucks are vehicles used by businesses in a number of industries. These are small trucks that have low sides and open backs. This design makes it possible for items to be placed in the cargo area without the restrictions of van doors and enclosed spaces. The vehicles are commonly used in a number of trades and for transporting a wide range of goods.
These vehicles are becoming increasingly common on the road, meaning pickup truck accidents are also becoming more frequent. If cargo is loaded poorly it can fall onto the road or obstruct the vision of the driver or other drivers. The extra weight can also make pickup trucks harder to maneuver and slower to stop.
What To Do In A Pickup Truck Accident
We know an accident can be overwhelming. Should you find yourself in an accident involving a commercial pickup truck, here are the steps you should take.
Call Emergency Personnel
Immediately following a crash you should call the police and an ambulance, if necessary. Calling the police is always recommended, no matter the severity of the incident. Even if it’s just debris on the road, it will require someone to come and clean the road so it’s drivable for other vehicles. You also need the official police report from the police which will help you establish liability, should you pursue a claim.
Exchange Insurance and Contact Information
If there’s another party involved in the accident, then you’ll need to exchange insurance details. Try to be as civil as possible as there’s no reason to cause additional distress. You don’t necessarily have to establish blame at this point, but they may freely admit to being at fault.
Collect Evidence from the Scene
If you think there might be a dispute of liability, even if the other driver says there won’t be, it’s a good idea to collect evidence from the scene. First and foremost, this means getting the contact information of witnesses who can describe what they saw. Meanwhile, you should also take photos—things like tire marks on the road and the location of the damage on each car can prove very useful. Taking photos can also help you to make any insurance claims.
We recommend taking photos of the information below on your cell phone:
Name of driver
Address of company that employs the driver
License plate of the pickup truck
Insurance information of the driver
Phone number of the driver and the company that employs them
Contact the Expert Lawyers at 1-800-Truck-Wreck
A lawyer who specializes in commercial pickup truck accidents can ensure you receive the compensation you’re entitled to. Our team of lawyers has dealt with countless commercial pickup truck accidents and will guide you through every stage of the process. We can help
cover with medical treatment while we negotiate settlement for the damages you’ve incurred.