What to Do Following an 18-Wheeler Accident in Pennsylvania
Given the size and weight differences between an 18-wheeler and a passenger vehicle, it’s not surprising that these types of accidents are typically much more severe than those involving two passenger vehicles. Accidents with these large trucks usually result in significant property and catastrophic injuries or death. Understandably, you may have no idea what to do following a traumatic accident like this. The experienced personal injury lawyers at the O’Donnell Law Offices are here to help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help.
If you are unsure what to do following an 18-wheeler accident, here are some tips.
Document the Scene
If you are lucky enough not to be severely injured at the scene, it’s important to document the scene if you are can safely do so. While you’re waiting for the police, exchange information with the other involved parties. Don’t forget to get contact information for any witnesses who stopped as well.
Taking photos is also an important step if you’re able. Try to take pictures of the damages to both your vehicle and the truck, as well as the scene. Is there anything that would be important for your claim later on? Was it raining, or were you in a construction zone? Documenting the scene can be very helpful when arguing liability during the claims process.
Seek Medical Treatment
If you are not transported from the scene via ambulance to the hospital, you need to make an appointment to see a doctor as soon as possible. It is crucial you don’t delay getting checked out by a doctor. You could have injuries that were not immediately apparent at the scene or have internal injuries.
Seeking medical treatment immediately following the accident is also necessary for your injury claim. If you don’t see a doctor for weeks, the other driver’s insurance will use that against you. They will say your injuries couldn’t be serious if you didn’t see a doctor for so long, or they might allege that something else happened in between that led to your injuries.
Gather Records and Evidence
In the days and weeks following the accident, start collecting all relevant documentation. Get a copy of the police report and copies of your medical expenses and info to date. If you took photos at the scene, make sure they are saved in a couple of places or uploaded into cloud storage. You may need to send those photos, so it’s good to have them organized and ready to go.
Hire a Skilled Pennsylvania Truck Accident lawyer
Hiring a lawyer following an accident with an 18-wheeler is crucial. These are typically complicated cases to pursue. You need an attorney with the skills and experience necessary to help you get the compensation you deserve. You need someone on your side who can protect your rights and ensure the truck driver and trucking company are held responsible.
Schedule a free initial consultation with the personal injury attorneys at the O’Donnell Law Offices serving clients in Kingston, Wilkes Barre, Hazleton, and Pittston at 570-821-5717 or online today. There are no fees or costs until we win your case.