There were a total of 4,067 fatalities in large truck crashes in 2015. In the same year, 116,000 people were injured in large truck crashes, up from 111,000 in 2014.
An accident with a big truck is traumatic for everyone involved, even if there isn't an injury or a death. It's easy to get flustered and do or say the wrong thing in the moment.
It's important to know your rights and what to do in case you are involved in an accident with a big truck. Here are five things to do if you are in a crash with a tractor trailer:
Call the police: Even if no one seems to be hurt or any damage is done, call the police. Injuries or damage is not always immediately apparent.
Get treated for your injuries: Accident victims often put off treatment because they are either waiting for a settlement or convinced their injuries "aren't so bad." We urge you to seek treatment right away for any injuries you have. A doctor can help your case by accurately evaluating your injuries. Your attorney along with your doctor can determine a monetary amount that it will take to treat those injuries over time.
Take pictures and get information: Take pictures of all damaged vehicles at the scene, including your own, as well as bodily injuries. Get all the information you can from the truck driver as well as the truck he or she is driving. Also, if you are able to get the officer's name who answered the call and the insurance companies of the individuals involved, do so.
Don't sign anything from the trucking company OR their insurance: The trucking or the trucking company's insurance provider may contact you directly and downplay the accident. Don't sign anything without talking to a lawyer first.
Hire a personal injury attorney: Have your case evaluated immediately by an injury law attorney. We are here to protect you and your family at every step of the way, from the claims process to representing you in court.
You never know when an accident will happen. Make sure you know what to do if you are involved in an accident with a big truck.