Picture this: you’re on the freeway heading to your parents’ home for the weekend. It’s a nice summer day — which also means construction season — so slowdowns are likely. You’re turning around a corner and see a posted sign that shows a construction zone is up ahead. Everyone is stopping and you are too, but the 18-wheeler behind you doesn’t. In the blink of an eye, they rear-end you. It’s not an uncommon scenario, so, what should you do next? Here are five things we put together to help after an accident with a semi-truck:
1. Call the Police
Police officers are there to help in an accident and work diligently to get both sides of the story. If the driver of the semi admits fault, it’ll be documented. And if someone needs serious help, an officer can relay information to first responders who are en route.
2. Take Photos
Your best bet at telling an accurate story is by taking photos of the scene. If you’re are able to document the whole accident, your pending case will be stronger with more evidence to back-up your side of the story.
3. Call Your Insurance Company
Calling your insurance company to report the accident should be one of the first things you do after you leave the scene. Give them the details of the collision, and cover all the injuires you may have suffered.
4. Don’t Sign Anything from Their Adjuster
Talking to the truck driver’s insurance company should be avoided at all costs. Often times, they’ll want you to sign-off on documents that might hinder your claim and can make it harder to get a settlement that covers all of your damages. Be sure to consult with your representation before signing anything.
5. Retain Representation
A legal team — like Fraser & Souweidane — should be used as your guiding light through the legal process. We’ll be able to properly handle insurance companies and gather the evidence needed to get you the best outcome for your case. It’s important you retain legal representation at your earliest convenience as it can make all the difference in the end.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident with a semi-truck, contact us today. We’ve been protecting Eastside families for over 40 years — so, let us protect yours.