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A semi-truck accident can be a traumatic experience for everyone involved.

The size and weight of semi-trucks make them particularly devastating. Plus, the aftermath of trucking accidents can be particularly complex due to the number of parties involved, including the driver, the trucking company, and the truck manufacturer.

If you are involved in a semi-truck accident, it is important to know what to do to protect your safety at the scene and your legal rights in the aftermath of the crash.

Here are 10 steps to take after a semi-truck accident and 3 tips for avoiding them altogether:

Check for Injuries

The first thing to do after getting into an accident with a semi-truck is to check yourself and your passengers for injuries. If anyone is hurt, call 911 immediately. Even if you do not think you are injured, it is still a good idea to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent, and it is better to be safe than sorry.

Move to a Safe Area

If you are not facing serious injuries and are able to move your vehicle, move it to a safe area away from traffic. This will help prevent further accidents and ensure your own safety. If you are unable to move your vehicle, turn on your hazard lights to increase your visibility to oncoming traffic.

Call the Police

Report the accident. Even if there are no injuries, it is important to file a police report. It is the best way to ensure that an accurate account of the accident has been taken. The report can also provide valuable information for insurance purposes and legal proceedings that may follow.

 

Gather Information

While waiting for the police to arrive at the scene, you should collect information from the other driver. Be sure to get their name, contact information, license plate number, insurance information, and the name of their employer. If there are any witnesses to the accident, collect their contact information as well.

Take Photos

Evidence of the accident scene, including damage to your vehicle, damage to the other vehicle, visible injuries, and any other relevant details, will be essential when filing an insurance claim or pursuing legal action.

Do Not Admit Fault

You should not apologize for the accident, even if you think you may have been at fault. Admitting fault can be used against you in legal proceedings.

File an Insurance Claim

Contact your insurance company as soon as possible and report the accident. Provide them with all the information you have gathered, including the police report and photos.

Seek Legal Help

If you have been injured in a semi-truck accident, it is important to seek legal help. Experienced personal injury attorneys can help you navigate any insurance challenges and legal processes, and ensure your rights are protected.

Do Not Sign Anything

Do not sign anything or agree to any settlement offers from the other driver or their insurance company without consulting an attorney. The other party may try to get you to settle for less than you deserve, and signing anything could waive your right to pursue further legal action.

Keep Records

Keep detailed records of all medical treatment and expenses related to the accident. This can include medical bills, prescription receipts, and receipts for any other expenses related to your injuries that may be reimbursable in a settlement.

These 10 important steps secure your physical safety and your legal protection. In addition to these steps, there are a few steps you can take to prevent semi-truck accidents altogether:

Avoid Blind Spots

Semi-trucks have large blind spots, especially on the sides and rear of the vehicle. If possible, stay out of these blind spots to avoid a collision.

Give Trucks Space

Semi-trucks need a lot of space to make lane changes, turns, etc. Giving semi-trucks plenty of space on the road is a simple way to ensure your safety.

Stay Alert

Stay alert and focused while driving. Avoiding distractions like texting or talking on the phone is especially important when on the road with large trucks. Staying focused is the best way to ensure you’re out of the truck’s way and visible to them and other drivers.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a trucking accident, call the Law Brothers at (800) 820-0000 as soon as possible for a free case evaluation.

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I had gotten into an accident and had no idea what to do. Friends and family recommended I get a lawyer since I was not at fault. I found this firm and I was beyond impressed. They handled everything for me from car insurance questions to finding doctors for me to visit. After my accident all I had to do was make appointments with various doctors to help with my pain. I give five stars because this firm went above and beyond and continued to follow up with me. I highly recommend if you are in need of a lawyer to use them.

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What Our Clients Say

Honestly can't say enough positive things about the Law Brothers! I got into a severe car accident at the end of 2016 and they've been with me every step of the way ever since. Almost 4 years! I want to thank everyone there especially Caitlyn, Shawn, and Yasmeen. They have been responsive, helpful, and reassuring and I don't know what I would've done if I didn't have the legal support that I was able to get along the years. They are super professional and really helped me get through this hardship in my life. I would definitely recommend!!!

Ivonne K.

Last year I contacted your law firm when I got into a car accident. the gentleman that handled my case, his name was Cesar. Cesar was very helpful and compassionate about my situation. He helped me get my car fixed very quickly and was super patient with me. He answered all of my questions and ensured me that everything will be taken care of. Once my case was settled I ended up getting more than I was expecting, which was amazing. I highly recommended Cesar and this law firm to anyone that needs help.

William Charlton

I was a client to the Law Brothers firm for about a year, the staff is really nice and professional. I would get updates on the case status and when I did call I would usually get a call back within 24 hours. I really appreciate the work that was done for me. I got the most out of my settlement and when I called to have a break down of the costs, Genesis was very patient and gave me a break down on all of it. I will definitely recommend this law firm to friends and family, as well as call them in the future if needed (hopefully not soon).

Erendira Landa

I had gotten into an accident and had no idea what to do. Friends and family recommended I get a lawyer since I was not at fault. I found this firm and I was beyond impressed. They handled everything for me from car insurance questions to finding doctors for me to visit. After my accident all I had to do was make appointments with various doctors to help with my pain. I give five stars because this firm went above and beyond and continued to follow up with me. I highly recommend if you are in need of a lawyer to use them.

Jacqueline D.

The team at the Law Brothers we’re amazing! I am not the kind of person to seek legal counsel, but I was hit by a car while riding a motorcycle and the driver’s insurance was avoiding my attempts to get reimbursed. They were able to not only get a settlement that replaced my motorcycle, but they found me physical therapy which was close to my work. Now I am back to where I was physically before the accident and I am able to ride a motorcycle again. They were always responsive to my texts, calls, and emails. They even would systematically check to see how I was healing and if the support they linked me to was satisfactory.

Charles Mortensen

This law firm is a team of miracle workers! The Law Brothers Law Firm saved me from suffering at another law firm from Century City. My case manager Jonathan was able to gather all the details from my accident ( literally within a week! ) and keeping me updated consistenty to keep me at ease. They work diligently and keep at it until your case is completed. I went through a car accident that almost took my life away but thanks to the higher power and the Law Brothers, you won't even hesitate to choose them because I felt trust and integrity throughout my case and I feel happier in my life, which in my opinion, matters the most at the end of the day.

Jason Avelar

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