What To Do After Tractor Trailer Accidents
Tractor trailer accidents are commonplace on freeways, highways, and bi-ways due to inclement weather, traffic, fatigue, and distracted driving. These types of large vehicles can do significant damage to your vehicle as well as to you and any passengers you may have on board.
If you have been involved in this type of accident, there are some specific actions you should take:
- Take pictures of the accident scene and your When dealing with tractor trailer accidents, these types of visuals will help provide a true assessment of the kind of impact you experienced. Your vehicle may have experienced severe damage or been immediately totaled so having pictures can illustrate the financial burden that this truck accident has caused.
- Get a copy of the tractor trailer accident report from the police to use for your insurance as well as any legal follow-up.
- Ask the tractor trailer driver for his insurance information. You need this to file a claim, especially if they are at fault or partially at fault.
- Have a physician examine your injuries. Because of the significantly higher impact delivered by a tractor trailer, it is important to get a full medical examination. This includes having x-rays to check that there are no internal injuries or to document any broken bones for future compensation.
- Contact your insurance company to report the accident and start the process of getting your medical and rehabilitation bills paid for as well as obtaining compensation for personal injuries. If you have any passengers, they also must file a claim to get compensated. You also have the right to receive non-economic compensation, such as for any disability or disfigurement and the loss of your overall quality of life.
After all that is done, you will have to wait to see how fault is calculated and what the tractor trailer company’s insurance company will offer as a settlement. While you wait for this information, it is a good idea to contact an accident and personal injury attorney for a free consultation as soon as possible. They can help you by determining if the settlement is right or assisting in moving the insurance company along toward an offer. Contact our offices today to work with a legal team who understands your pain and has the knowledge and experience to get you fairly compensated.