If you’re in a wreck with an 18-wheeler, you might not know what to do next. The trucking company will often send a representative to investigate the accident and minimize the claim as much as possible. Learn more about which steps you should take after an accident with a truck.
Immediately After the Accident
If it’s safe to do so, remain in your vehicle and don’t move it. Regardless of the accident’s severity, call 911 and see if the police will come to the scene. In Pennsylvania, officers are not required to go to the scene of a minor accident, but you should still see if they will respond to the call. If you or your passengers have injuries, seek medical attention as soon as possible. You should also write down the names, addresses, and phone numbers of every involved party, including any witnesses. Then, take pictures to document your injuries and the damage to each vehicle. Collecting evidence after a truck accident can be crucial for your case. Lastly, you should notify your insurance provider of the accident.
The Days Following the Accident
Acquire the accident report from the police if the collision was serious. For accidents that weren’t severe enough for the police to respond, file the AA-600 form within five days and keep a copy for your records. If you or any passengers received medical treatment, ask for documentation of your injuries and treatment from the hospital. You should also keep track of how much work you miss while recovering. If the trucking company’s insurance carrier offers you a settlement, contact a personal injury attorney before accepting anything.
When to File a Lawsuit
If the trucking company tries to deny your claim or downplay your injuries, you should reach out to an attorney who will work to get you the compensation you deserve. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accident, so you can’t wait too long to file a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one have been in an accident with an 18-wheeler, the attorneys at D’Amico Law Offices, LLC can help. Our team is dedicated to protecting your rights and helping you get the money you need to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and more. To schedule a free consultation with us, call (412) 652-9300 today.