When driving in Pasadena, a truck crashes into your car. You are jolted to an abrupt stop. Looking around, you check on your passengers to see if they’re okay. As you climb out of your car, the scene horrifies you. Your car is ruined. The bumper is damaged, and there are dents all over the car. The truck driver runs out to see if you’re okay, and you hear the sirens approaching.
This scene, or something similar, may be all too familiar to you. Unfortunately truck accidents in Pasadena, Texas, are common. According to The Houston Chronicle, fatalities linked to commercial vehicles have risen in Texas. Between 2009 and 2013, fatalities went from 352 to 532. If you have recently been injured from a truck accident, you are probably feeling scared, shocked, confused, stressed, and possibly responsible—even if the accident was not your fault. Car accidents could potentially cause injuries ranging from minor injuries to severe head, neck, or back injuries.
The stress of a truck accident can quickly consume your life. From wondering how you will work to how you can afford food or your utilities, you probably have a lot of questions.
What Should I Do after the Accident?
After the car accident it’s important to get help immediately. As mentioned above, a truck accident can cause serious injuries. Understandably, truck accidents involve much higher risk than car accidents due to the size and nature of the vehicles involved. There are not many David and Goliath victory stories when it comes to truck-car accidents. It’s necessary that you get those injuries checked out immediately. Your safety and health should be your number one priority.
After you have been cleared medically, gather evidence from the accident. Pictures are your best friends. Take pictures of the scene, the location, your injuries, the damage, and whatever other images you believe will help your case.
Make sure that the authorities are called, if they were not already summoned directly after the accident. Having a police report will be incredibly beneficial when it comes time to defend your case.
Should I Call the Police?
We suggest calling the police if there is any damage done to the car, to yourself, or both. While you may want to just exchange insurance information with the other driver, it’s beneficial to have a police officer document the accident for a couple of reasons:
- The police officer will be a neutral third party.
- It will help for insurance purposes.
- It’s no longer the driver’s word against yours.
Overall, having the police report will make it easier for you to win the case in court— especially with 18-wheeler accidents. If you are injured by an 18-wheeler, you may want to seek compensation. However, it can become complicated due to the number of people involved in the truck accident. For instance:
- The owner of the truck.
- The driver of the truck.
- The person or company that leased the truck or trailer from the owner.
- The manufacturer of the truck, tires, or other equipment that may have caused the accident.
- The shipper or freight loader.
How Much Will This Cost Me?
Trucking accidents are difficult because of the severity of the injuries that victims tend to suffer. Accidents involving a truck hold much heavier consequences, and are very different from car accidents. For example, not only will the victim suffer damage to his car, but he could have medical expenses and could lose his salary due to an inability to work or lack of a car to get to work. While you may be able to seek advice from friends or relatives about car accidents, not many people have experience with trucking accidents in Pasadena.
In an ideal circumstance, you should not have to fear about your finances at all. This accident was not your fault and we do not want you to feel punished. The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian, PC understand that you probably have a lot of questions and are feeling a lot of conflicting emotions. Our office will fight for a just recovery.
Why Choose The Law Offices of Hilda L. Sibrian, PC?
Hilda does not believe any case is too small for her time. Contact the firm 24 hours a day, seven days a week—our staff is 100 percent bilingual. If your car is ruined in an accident, our office is available to make house calls, and offers a free consultation. All you need to do is call.