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What to Do After You're Hit by a Semi Truck

If you've been in a big rig accident, you know how terrifying it can be; but for millions of Americans who drive on the highway every day, very few know the steps to take following a big rig accident. Here are the first steps you should follow after you've suffered damage in a semi truck accident.

Get medical help
Big rigs can cause serious damage both to you and your car. Over 1.2 million deaths occur annually because of car accidents and semi truck accidents. It's important to seek medical treatment for serious injuries as quickly as you can, whether that be calling an ambulance or paramedic, or going to the hospital. Even seemingly minor injuries can result in serious bodily harm when you collide with such a large object. Get the medical care you need to lead to a quick recovery.

Call the police
Calling the police is necessary when you're in an accident with a big rig. Not only can an accident like this stop the flow of traffic and make for dangerous driving conditions, police must report any accident where injury has occurred. This is the only way to get an official report and record of the accident which may help you if you want to take legal action or hire a personal injury attorney.

Take photos
Though the police will have documented the accident, taking photos for your own sake, especially if you plan on seeking legal action against the semi truck driver, will be valuable evidence later.

Call your insurance company
Report the accident to your insurance company, but do not discuss the accident with the big rig driver or the at-fault vehicle's insurance. You may accidentally claim fault for the accident by apologizing for the incident - you may also be taken advantage of by their insurance company if you're in a state of injury.

Get the insurance information of the at-fault driver, but do not speak to their insurance. Gather as much information as you can to make a difficult process easier down the road.

Call a truck accident attorney
While a personal injury lawyer will cover any physical damage to your body from the accident, contacting a truck accident attorney or other car accident lawyer will ensure the necessary steps are followed should you need to seek legal action. They will represent your case in the event the accident is taken to court, but they can also offer legal advice for insurance companies.

Taking these steps can ensure you come out of a scary situation with both feet on the ground.

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