What to Do If a Truck Forces You Off the Road
Trucks can cause serious accidents if another vehicle on the road is involved. With their massive bulk, trucks often take up a large part of the roadway, and can often force other vehicles off the road during treacherous turns, bad weather, or other conditions.
Cases where a truck forces a driver off the road can present some unique challenges. Drivers may hit other vehicles, crash into objects like trees that are off the roadway, or end up stuck in a ditch. If you or a friend/loved one have ever been in this situation, and those in the vehicle had injuries because of the wreck, then you should contact a lawyer.
The truck accident lawyers at Pope & Howard, P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia, are experienced in all types of tractor trailer cases. Our team will meet with you, listen to the details of the crash, and advice you on your rights. Read on to see what you should do if a truck forces you off the road.
Next Steps Following an Accident with a Truck
If a truck has forced you off the road, and you or passengers in your vehicle have injuries, follow these steps:
Assess the Situation
If you’ve been run off the road by a tractor trailer, it’s important to try and stay calm. Call 911 and begin first aid if there are serious injuries. Remember to always keep a first aid kit in your vehicle.
You’ll also want to see whether you are in any continued danger. Is there a risk of fire or collision from another vehicle? Is your vehicle near a bridge or other large embankment? Making sure that you and your passengers are safe should be your top priority.
Report the Accident & Find Witnesses
Gather important information about the truck driver who was involved in your crash, including:
- US DOT number, which is displayed on the side of the truck
- Company name
- Roadway information
- Date and time
- Truck’s license plate number
- Other distinguishing information about the truck
If there were eye witnesses, ask them to stay until police arrive so they can give their full statements. Obtain their contact information so you can get in touch with them in the future, if needed.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
If you or other parties have been involved in a truck accident and suffered injuries, it’s important to protect your legal rights. Contact an experienced attorney that specializes in trucking litigation to schedule a consultation.
Pope & Howard, P.C.: Experienced Truck Accident Law Firm
Pope & Howard, P.C. is one of Atlanta’s top-rated truck accident law firms. The legal team, led by partners Marc Howard and Geoff Pope, is experienced in handling many different types of cases involving trucks and tractor trailers. Let the team help you get the compensation you deserve to make up for lost wages, cover medical bills and more.
If you or a loved one have been in an accident due to a truck driver’s negligence, contact Pope & Howard, P.C. in Atlanta to set up a free consultation. Use our online contact form or call our local number: 404-885-9999.