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What to do after an accident with a commercial truck

Car accidents are terrifying, often life-changing events. If you were in a smaller passenger vehicle and were in an accident caused by a large commercial truck, that is particularly true. The chances of severe injury or even death are elevated in accidents between passenger and commercial vehicles. Those in the small vehicle are much more likely than the truck driver to suffer serious injuries or even die.

If you or someone you love has experienced an accident caused by a commercial truck, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

What to do at the time of the accident

There are certain things you should do after a truck accident, if you are able. First, call for law enforcement and medical help. Put on emergency flashers, if you can. While you are waiting for the first responders to arrive, take a few minutes to document the accident on your cellphone. Using photos and video, show the exact layout of the accident and the damage to your vehicle. Record your recollections of the moment leading up the accident. The vehicles will likely soon be moved to ease traffic congestion, so this documentation is important.

Ensure the safety of yourself and anyone else in the vehicle. This may require exiting the vehicles to reduce the risk of a secondary collision. After law enforcement have arrived and taken your statement, seek out necessary medical treatment as soon as possible. Once you have, you should speak with a personal injury attorney. An attorney can review the details of your accident and determine what your options may be.

How an attorney helps after a truck accident

There are often staggering expenses associated with truck accidents. You will probably need extensive repairs on your vehicle. You may need to replace it altogether. Medical expenses can also be an issue. Depending on the accident, you may need trauma care, surgeries or physical therapy. Insurance may delay paying your medical expenses while determining who is liable. This can leave you in a situation that can damage your credit. An attorney can help by negotiating timely payment or an appropriate settlement from the trucker's employer or insurer.

Your attorney can help review any settlement offers to ensure that they are fair given the extent of your injuries and losses. Often, insurance companies will make a very low first offer to try to save money. While you need funds soon to cover accident-related expenses, you don't want to settle for less than the overall damages you've experienced. Enlisting legal aid is the best way to ensure a fair outcome for your family after a truck-related accident.

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