What to Do If You Have Been Involved in a Truck Accident

what to do if you have been involved in a truck accidentAuto accidents, in general, have the potential to be devastating to both person and property. Yet, a truck accident in which a truck strikes another vehicle often leaves the victim(s) of the crash with long-term pain, suffering, loss of wages, disability, and, in some cases, loss of life. A truck, such as an 18-wheeler, carrying a load can weigh in excess of 80,000 lbs. Even an empty 8-wheeler dump truck weighs over 24,000 lbs., which is on average 6 times heavier than a typical sedan. If you have been involved in a truck accident, you will need to follow certain steps to protect your rights, such as contacting the truck accident attorney of Waitz and Downer to ensure you and your family receive the compensation you deserve. Contact Waitz and Downer in Baton Rouge, LA, today by calling 985-876-0870.

Steps to Take After a Truck Accident in Houma, LA

In many instances of a truck accident, the individuals in the vehicle will require immediate hospitalization. As such, it may be difficult to act quickly. If you cannot personally complete the following steps, ask a loved one or trusted friend to contact the appropriate parties and secure the necessary documentation.


  • Call 911. Chances are someone who has witnessed the accident will call 911. However, if the accident occurs on a desolate road, call 911 or tell the truck operator to do so.
  • Ask for immediate medical assistance. Even minor accidents with a truck can result in substantial injuries to the neck, shoulders and back, which may not be readily apparent due to the body’s release of adrenaline upon impact. Emergency medical assistance is imperative to obtaining the proper care you need to begin the process of recovery and to officially establish the presence of injuries.
  • Collect information at the scene of the accident. If you are physically able, take photos of the accident scene and write down the contact information of the truck operator and any witnesses.
  • Contact the personal injury attorneys of Waitz and Downer. It’s crucial that you hire an expert personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Pertinent information must be obtained prior to speaking with insurance agencies. Once you are represented by Waitz and Downer, you can focus on healing while we work on your case.


Expert Truck Accident Attorneys in Baton Rouge, LA

If you have been in a truck accident, don’t hesitate to contact us today! The legal team of Waitz and Downer holds extensive experience in successfully representing victims of truck collisions and obtaining the justice and compensation they deserve. Schedule your free case evaluation today by calling 985-876-0870.