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Semi Truck Accidents: 7 Steps to Take After a Semi-Truck Accident

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Semi-truck accidents are much different than typical car accidents. 18-wheelers crowd the Texas highways and interstates. While these trucks serve a vital service, they can also pose a substantial danger to other drivers.

  1. Stop and Report the Crash

The first step to take if you’ve been involved in a big-rig accident, is to make sure you are safe and away from the road from oncoming traffic. Anyone who was involved in the crash must remain at the scene. It is important to turn on your hazard lights to help other drivers see your car. If someone is injured or unresponsive, call 911 immediately.

You should also call the police or state highway patrol. They will help assess the situation, have you fill out an accident report, and instruct you on what steps to take next. Finally, don’t forget to request a copy of the accident report.  It’s important to keep a copy for your records, and in case you need to present them, as evidence in court.

  1. Medical Treatment

After you’ve moved out of harm’s way, you should immediately medical attention even if you show no signs of an injury. Your body‘s adrenaline could be preventing you from feeling any pain or noticing an injury right away. Even if it’s not possible to obtain medical attention at the scene of your accident, make sure to visit your doctor as soon as you can. No medical attention could bring complications to your ability to seek compensation for injuries later.

  1. Identify All Parties Involved

It is also important to gather the information you can while at the scene, including the identity of all parties involved.  You should look for identification marks or signs on the semi-truck and other vehicles involved in the accident. Although the truck driver may be at fault, the trucking company could also be liable for your injuries and damage to your vehicle. It is important to make sure all potentially liable parties are held responsible for their role in causing the accident.

  1. Exchange Information

While at the scene of the crash, you should also be sure to exchange information with everyone involved in the accident. This step is crucial – once the other parties leave the scene, it may be very difficult to track them down. Getting their contact information will make it easier if you choose to seek compensation.

A few items to write down include:

  • Driver’s name, address, phone number, and email address
  • Driver’s insurance company
  • Driver’s license number of the semi-truck
  • Name and contact information of the truck driver’s employer
  1. Check For Witnesses

Additionally, you should always check for witnesses at or near the scene of your accident. You can collect a witness statement yourself or ask them for their contact information in case you need to reach out later for more details. Witnesses to the accident may be able to testify in your case. It’s also a good idea to check the accident report to see if there were any witnesses you may have missed that were interviewed by the responding officer.

  1. Document Your Accident

If possible, make sure to take photos of the accident. These photos can help you prove who was at fault for the accident, the seriousness of your injuries, and the amount of damage done to your vehicle. Photographic evidence is hard to argue against and it helps others see how severe your accident was. This evidence will help you determine the amount of compensation you receive.

  1. Contact A Personal Injury Attorney

Before speaking to your insurance company, it is best to contact an attorney.  An insurance adjuster can use anything you say against you, so it is important to avoid saying something that might hurt your case. If you are asked by an insurance adjuster for a recorded or written statement, it is a good idea to decline until you have spoken with an attorney.

For more information, or if you or a loved one has been injured in a semi-truck accident, please contact Hilliard Law’s compassionate and dedicated team of attorneys, at (866) 927-3420,  or through our contact page HERE to request a free case evaluation.


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