After a crash with an 18-wheeler, you may not be thinking clearly. You may be hurt. A passenger may be hurt. Just as you would with the driver of a smaller vehicle, you should exchange information. This includes insurance and contact information.
The police may be called to the scene. Try to remember every detail of the crash so it is accurate.
Trucking companies may try to deny the severity of your injuries
Trucking companies and their insurance companies may try to deny any claims that their driver may have been at fault in your collision. You may expect their insurance company’s lawyers to say that the accident was your fault.
Your insurance company may already be aware of what the trucking company’s insurance provider and lawyers may try to do. If your injuries and those of your passenger are serious, you need to be compensated fairly, especially if you are not able to return to work.
What you should do after a collision with an 18-wheeler
Both drivers may be required to call the police and report the accident. The driver of the 18-wheeler that struck you also has the duty to stop after the incident.
If the truck driver leaves the scene, you may be the one who has to make the report to law enforcement.
Duties of the truck driver after a serious wreck
Along with providing information, they may also be required to provide care or assistance to anyone who has been injured. If they do not give aid and, instead leave, they may be charged with a third-degree felony. In crashes with more serious injuries, the charge may be a second-degree felony.
Learning how to protect your rights may lead to fair compensation after your accident and injuries.