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What to do after an accident with a commercial truck

Experiencing a serious car accident can be incredibly traumatic. Between the feeling of helplessness during the accident and the injuries sustained, an accident can result in serious trauma. When the other vehicle is a massive commercial truck, the potential for severe injuries, major property damage and even death increases.

When you've been through an accident with a commercial truck, it can take a long time to fully recover. That's one of many reasons why you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your commercial truck accident.

An attorney who understands personal injury law and more specifically, the long-lasting impact of an accident with a commercial truck can help you during your recovery. He or she can advocate to insurers and help you review any settlements offered by insurers or the company employing the truck driver. An attorney can also help you file a civil suit if the responsible parties aren't forthcoming with compensation for the accident.

Document the accident and seek necessary medical care

Just like with an accident involving a passenger vehicle, there are certain steps you can take after an accident with a commercial truck to improve the chances of a positive outcome. Document everything as soon as you can after the accident, ideally before either vehicle is moved out of traffic. Take photos, record video and make a record of what happened immediately before and during the accident. Call for law enforcement and wait for first responders, unless there are life-threatening injuries. No matter your personal medical insurance situation, you should seek medical care for your injuries.

Doing so provides the best chance of a full recovery. It also creates a paper trail of documentation regarding the expenses you've incurred as a result of the accident. If you've been in an accident caused by a driver of a commercial truck, that documentation and paper trail can help you if you need to go to court to recover your financial losses.

Trucking accidents cause serious losses

If you've been in an accident with a commercial truck, you probably need to repair or replace your vehicle. Additionally, you will likely need medical treatments, ranging from surgeries to physical therapy, to recover from your injuries. During that time, it's likely that you won't be able to work, resulting in lost wages. All of that combined makes a perfect situation for financial destabilization. You shouldn't be shouldering the cost of someone else's mistakes or negligence when driving. That's why you need to speak with an attorney. Your attorney will be your advocate and fight for you.

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