In Southern California, motorists are used to sharing the road with semi trucks (also called tractor trailers or 18-wheelers). These trucks are typically driven by professionals, and the companies who operate them are governed by strict regulations.
Unfortunately, even professionals can be negligent, and trucking companies sometimes ignore regulations regarding speed and inspections. Because of their enormous size and weight, when tractor-trailers are involved in accidents, the results are usually catastrophic.
Cars and motorcycles are no match for a reckless truck driver, and as a result, injuries in truck accidents can be extremely serious.
Truck accidents can involve many parties, including the trucking company, their insurance, and other affected drivers. This makes them especially confusing for victims who are just trying to heal and move on.
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What to Do After You’ve Been Injured in a Truck Accident
- Never admit fault
- Always get a police report
- Take down the contact information of any witnesses
After you get home, you’ll need to take some more steps to protect yourself:
1. See the DoctorIf you’ve been involved in a collision with a semi, you may have suffered serious injuries like spinal damage, traumatic brain injury, and broken bones. Even if you don’t have obvious symptoms, you need to go to the hospital as soon as possible. Seeing the doctor will keep you alive and help strengthen your claim.
2. Document the DamageTake detailed notes about your experience, your injuries, and your medical care. Keep all the receipts and correspondence from your interactions with doctors, insurance companies, and others. Take many photographs of your injuries and the damage to your vehicle.
3. Stay QuietRepresentatives from the trucking company and adjusters from their insurance provider will probably contact you and ask for a statement. Get their name and phone number but do not speak about the accident or agree to sign any documents. These people are not your friend — they are searching for any way to reduce their own liability.
4. Call a LawyerTo insurance companies, unrepresented victims are easy targets. They’ll do anything they can to undercompensate you for your injuries. The truck accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Daniel Kim are specifically trained to deal with trucking companies and insurance providers and ensure you get as much compensation as possible for the suffering you’ve been through.