Being struck by another car can be terrifying. Colliding with a semi-truck that might weigh up to 80,000 pounds is even worse. In fact, over 11,000 accidents in 2016 involved big rigs, and a tractor-trailer accident is more likely to cause serious injuries and fatalities. If you are ever involved in a tractor-trailer accident, would you know what to do afterward?
Steps to Take After Any Car Crash
Your first steps depend on how bad the crash is and whether you are seriously injured. Generally, you’ll want to make sure everyone is safe and call 9-1-1 for assistance. What about after you have left the scene?
One of your first calls may be to your insurance company. It’s important to report accidents as quickly as possible to make sure you get all available benefits. You may call your employer if you aren’t able to work while you recover. If your car is totaled, you will start looking for a replacement.
You will probably take all of these steps after a tractor-trailer accident also, and more.
After a Tractor-Trailer Accident
Call an attorney with personal injury experience. With a tractor-trailer accident, you may first have to determine who will pay your claim. Some trucks are driven by owner-operators while other drivers work for a trucking company. Other drivers are employees of large companies like Walmart, Tyson, or Target.
One reason to call a lawyer soon after the accident is so you can gather evidence. When a tractor-trailer is involved, you may need to gather the following information:
- The driver’s contact information;
- Contact information for the driver’s employer and insurance company;
- Personnel and employment materials, including safety records, training records, background checks, and physical exam reports;
- Logbooks, both electronic and paper;
- Any black box data from the truck, if available;
- Trust inspection and maintenance reports; and
- Witness statements and police reports.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a semi-truck accident, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You may have only two years to file a personal injury lawsuit under Illinois law. Your personal injury attorney may be able to work with the insurance company to get the compensation you deserve or file a lawsuit if necessary.
Tractor-Trailer Accidents Can Lead to Serious Injuries
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