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What To Do After Being Hit By A Negligent Semi-Truck Driver

On Behalf of | Dec 20, 2023 | blog, Personal injury

Encountering a negligent semi-truck driver can be a harrowing experience, leaving you unsure of what steps to take next. If you find yourself in such a situation, it is important to remain calm.

You should also follow a structured approach to ensure your safety and well-being.

Identify immediate safety measures

The first priority after a collision with a negligent semi-truck driver is to assess the immediate safety of all involved parties. If possible, move your vehicle to the side of the road to prevent further accidents. Turn on hazard lights to alert oncoming traffic, and check for injuries among yourself, passengers and others involved.

Contact law enforcement

Promptly call the local authorities to report the incident. Provide them with accurate information about the location, the number of vehicles involved and any injuries sustained. Cooperation with law enforcement is important to help with an assessment of the situation.

Gather information

Collecting details about the incident is important for insurance purposes and potential investigations. Exchange information with the semi-truck driver, including names, addresses and insurance details. Additionally, gather contact information from any witnesses who may have observed the events leading up to the collision.

Document the scene

Use your smartphone or camera to capture photographs of the accident scene, vehicle damage and any visible injuries. These visual records can serve as valuable evidence in the event of a legal dispute. Documenting the scene can also help insurance companies assess the extent of the damage accurately.

Seek medical attention

Even if injuries seem minor initially, it is important to seek medical attention promptly. Some injuries may not show up right away, and a thorough medical examination can uncover hidden complications. Retaining all medical records is great for insurance claims and potential legal proceedings.

Report the incident to your insurance company

Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to report the collision. Provide them with the collected information and be truthful in your account of the events. Your insurance company will guide you through the claims process and help with paperwork.

The trucking industry is a large one, and it made $75 billion in revenue as of late 2018. Plenty of trucks are on the roads every day. Facing a collision with a negligent semi-truck may be a distressing experience, but navigating the aftermath with a clear plan can help.