Being rear ended by an 18 wheeler can damage your vehicle beyond repair and cause serious injury. Compared to a car bumping into the back of you, an 18 wheeler is at least four times the size. When they’re pulling heavy cargo behind them, they can weigh several tons.
Having a heavy weight crash into the back of your vehicle is a terrifying experience. If this causes a chain-reaction collision, there is a risk of drivers being trapped inside their cars until emergency services arrive.
Having your car destroyed by an 18 wheeler and suffering personal injuries because the truck driver was driving negligently or dangerously, is unfair.
When you’ve been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you can claim compensation with the help of a personal injury lawyer. But there are some important steps you must do after your accident to get your claim on the right path.
Get the truck driver’s details
Getting the truck driver’s contact details is vital because you will need to give their contact information to your lawyer and your insurers. All you need is their name and contact number. It would be useful to see their ID to make sure they are giving the right information.
It’s very likely the driver works for a company, you will need to get the name of the company and a contact number.
When making a compensation claim, you might not be making a claim against the driver but the company he works for. This will be for your attorney to decide. So it’s important you get all the details and find out who the driver works for and get a contact number.
Get medical attention
After your accident, you should seek medical attention.
Some injuries won’t become noticeable until hours, days or even weeks after the accident. Spinal cord injuries and brain damage, for example, are known to take time to develop. You must be examined after suffering an accident with an 18 wheeler to ensure you have no hidden and/or serious injuries.
Don’t inform your insurers until you have had legal counsel
While it’s important to tell your insurers that you’ve been involved in an accident, you must be careful what you say. You don’t want to be accepting any blame for the accident when it wasn’t your fault.
Insurance companies will want to settle the accident quickly but they won’t be looking out for your best interests, they will be looking out for theirs. Insurers are well known for trying to avoid paying out. This is why you must have an attorney that insurance companies are afraid to see in court.
Gather information for your attorney
Every personal injury lawyer will want key pieces of information about your accident. You should create a written account of what happened at the scene of the accident. You should also include:
- Where did the accident happen?
- What time and date?
- What damages and injuries were caused by the accident?
- What caused the accident?
- Was anybody else involved in the collision?
- Were there any witnesses? Do you have their contact information?
After gathering important information about the accident, a detailed account of what happened and witness contact details, you will have valuable information for your lawyer to get started on your case.
When making your 18 wheeler accident claim, there are mistakes you can inadvertently make that can undermine your case. Avoid making those mistakes by reading this.
Find an attorney for your case
You will need an attorney to handle your 18 wheeler claim.
Looking for an 18 wheeler accident lawyer can be tricky if you don’t know where to look or what to ask. It’s important you find the best attorney for your case. Most importantly you must choose a lawyer who has successful experience working on 18 wheeler claims.
18 Wheeler Accident Attorneys Are Here To Help
At Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, our attorneys are experienced with auto and truck accident claims. We have been helping Mississippians for over 35 years and we’re here to fight your corner. When you’ve been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you should be given compensation for the damages and suffering you’ve had to go through.
We aren’t afraid of going to court and we won’t back down until you have won the compensation you deserve. We’ve won significant money results for our clients.
How to start your 18 Wheeler Claim
To start your accident claim, it’s important you understand how these cases work. That’s why we’ve collected the most commonly asked questions and put them in this guide. It’s free to download:
Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.