Nearly all accidents involving tractor trailers are at least fairly serious in nature. These large vehicles have the potential to cause a lot of damage, serious injuries or even death. What is more, getting compensation from the tractor trailer company is very difficult; as such companies have lawyers on hand who do everything in their power to prevent you from getting the money that is rightfully yours. Additionally, such companies can even legally destroy evidence that would help you make your case.
If you have been hit by a tractor trailer, you should immediately call 911 and tend to the needs of any injured passengers. If possible, move your vehicle off the road so that it does not pose a danger to other vehicles and ask the tractor trailer driver to do likewise. After you are safely off the road, you should feel free to step out of your car and take photos of the accident scene. These photos can be used to prove who is responsible for the accident. Be sure you also get a copy of the police report outlining how the accident occurred and who is to blame.
After you are able to leave the accident site, schedule a doctor's visit for yourself and any passengers who were in the vehicle at the time of the accident. Many injuries do not show up until weeks or even months after the event; however, getting an immediate check-up can link these injuries to the accident and thus enable you to claim compensation for them. Ask a doctor to provide you with paperwork estimating future medical costs for any harm caused by the tractor trailer accident. If you will not be able to maintain your job due to the accident, then have a doctor sign a paper to this effect as well.
Be sure to also get an estimate from a good mechanic noting how much it will cost to repair your vehicle. If your vehicle has been totaled in the accident, then have a mechanic put this in writing.
In addition to preserving as much evidence as you can from the accident, you will also want to hire an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer. A personal injury attorney will not only represent you in court but also help you deal with tractor trailer company attorneys and insurance adjustors. As such individuals can be quite aggressive in trying to convince you to sign away your right to sue the company that is at fault for you accident, you should avoid talking with them on your own. More importantly, do not sign any documents presented by the company unless your attorneys specifically advises you to do so.
Preserving as much evidence as possible after a tractor trailer accident will enable you to claim the compensation that should be rightfully yours. While no amount of money will ease the pain, suffering and/or bereavement caused by a careless driver, compensation does help you cover expenses, provide for your family and move on. It can also prevent a careless tractor trailer driver from causing harm to other motorists, as a driver who is found to be legally responsible for a serious accident will have his or her license suspended.