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Hit by a Big Tractor Trailer: What Should I Do?

July 7, 2023

Tractor trailers are common sights on the highway. While companies should train truck drivers to handle large loads, that isn’t always enough to prevent accidents. Fatigue, carelessness, and poor  road conditions can all lead to devastating consequences.

Tractor trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, which is almost four times as much as a typical passenger vehicle. Because of this, truck accidents can cause severe injuries and damage to cars.

If you’ve been in a tractor-trailer accident, it’s important not to panic. File a truck accident claim and follow these steps with help from an attorney to seek compensation.

Call 911

The first thing you should do after a commercial truck accident is call 911. If you, another driver, or a passenger is injured, request an ambulance. Even if no one is injured, the police will still need to come so they can file a report recording the accident. This accident report can serve as evidence if you want to file a claim later.

Move Your Vehicle to a Safe Place

Truck accidents present potential hazards to others on the road. If possible, move your vehicle to the side to avoid blocking traffic.

That said, only move your vehicle if it is safe to do so. If someone has sustained extensive injuries or your vehicle is not safe to operate, remain in place until police and emergency services arrive on the scene.

Gather Evidence

Evidence from the truck accident scene can help you prove that you weren’t at fault, which is crucial if you want to file a truck accident claim.

You should:

  • Take photos of the accident scene, including both the truck and trailer,  damage to your vehicle, and any injuries
  • Request the truck driver’s license number, plate number, employer information, and contact information
  • Gather witness statements if possible

Seek Medical Attention

Even if you don’t think you are injured, you should still seek medical attention soon after an accident. While some injuries are readily apparent, shock and adrenaline can mask other injuries for hours or days. A medical evaluation ensures you are not injured and supports your claim by documenting any injuries.

File a Claim

Once you’ve assessed your injuries and damage to your car, you’ll need to notify your insurance company and the truck driver’s insurance company that you want to file a claim. If the truck driver was at fault, you can file a claim with their insurance to seek compensation.

The insurance company may try to trick you into admitting fault for the accident, so don’t give a recorded or written statement without an attorney present.

Speak to an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney

After a truck accident you may be dealing with injuries and fielding calls from the insurance company as the adjusters try to discredit your claim.Partnering with an attorney can make dealing with your claim easier. At Fadduol, Cluff, Hardy & Conaway, P.C., we’re prepared to assist with your truck accident claim by handling the paperwork, gathering evidence to support your claim, and negotiating with the insurance company. Our attorneys are attentive, experienced, and knowledgeable; call 800-433-2408 or fill out our contact form today to speak to a lawyer about your case.