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What if I have been hurt too badly to collect information at the scene of a tractor-trailer crash?

Collecting driver information, witness reports, and photographs at the scene of a tractor-trailer crash can help you strengthen your Texas injury claim and protect your rights. But what happens when you or a family member has been so severely injured that collecting information at the scene isn’t an option?

Medical attention should always be the first priority, whether you are transported by ambulance or following up in the emergency room on your own after initial treatment at the scene. Our Dallas legal team understands that victims may be severely injured—or even killed—in tractor-trailer crashes, and it’s just not always possible to take some of the simple actions that can protect your legal rights. If you have been seriously injured and can’t collect information at the scene, here are a few things you can do in the meantime:

  • Report the crash as soon as you are able. Although police are generally called to the scene of major crashes in Texas, it’s worth taking the steps to make sure a crash was reported and obtain a copy of the police report.
  • Enlist a friend or family member. If you are able to communicate after your wreck, try to have a loved one talk to witnesses, gather information, and arrange to get a copy of the police report. These small steps can make a big difference, and it’s often comforting for loved ones to have a concrete “thing” they can do to help you after a tragedy.
  • Talk to an attorney. Our Dallas legal team can immediately head to the scene of a crash to collect evidence for you, while you and your family focus on your immediate medical needs and initial recovery.

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