Being hit by a truck in Philadelphia can be a traumatic experience. The likelihood of serious injury is high; what is more, a person involved in such an accident will need to deal with police, insurance adjusters, doctors and even attorneys hired by the other driver.
Following are some of the very important things a person can do after being involved in a truck accident. These points apply regardless of who is at fault for the accident, where or when the accident occurred and/or what type of truck is involved. The Lassen Law Firm, Philadelphia truck accident attorneys, handles all cases at the very low contingency fee of only 29%
Assess the Vehicles
The first thing a driver should do is assess whether or not the vehicles can be moved. Pulling both vehicles over to the side of the road helps to protect both yourself and other drivers. However, a driver should not attempt to move his or her vehicle if a passenger has been injured in the incident and moving the vehicles would pose further risk of injury. When in doubt, call 911 and ask for advice.
Call the Police
Be sure to call the police and give your statement. The police will assess what happened and fill out a report which can then be obtained by your lawyer. The report is also helpful to have on hand if the driver of the other vehicle takes you to court to claim damages.
Gather Evidence of Damage
If the accident is serious and you are not at fault, then take photos of the accident scene to ensure that your claim for compensation is not rebuffed. This is particularly important if the truck driver who caused the accident is employed by a trucking company. Trucking companies are known for taking measures to avoid having to pay out compensation for accidents caused by their drivers and in some cases they can even legally destroy evidence that would help you claim the compensation that should be rightfully yours.
Depending on the severity and/or repercussions that the accident can cause, you may want to hire an experienced Philadelphia truck accident lawyer to represent you. A good lawyer will not only represent you in court but also gather evidence on your behalf and deal with both insurance adjusters and lawyers hired by the other party involved in the incident. Because personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, you do not have to pay legal fees unless your lawyer wins compensation either in court or via an out of court settlement.
Unfortunately, truck accidents are not an uncommon occurrence in Pennsylvania. While driving safely and cautiously certainly lowers the chances of being involved in a serious accident, even a safe driver can be seriously injured due to an incident that is in no way his or her fault. However, knowing what to do if a truck driver hits your vehicle can help you to recover faster, deal with the legal implications and get the compensation that is your due.
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