Now that summer is officially here, it's time to make those vacation plans. If a road trip is involved, you're probably going to see your fair share of big rigs during your travels, especially if you're going to be traveling along the interstates. While you're traveling, it's important to remember that passenger vehicles aren't always easy for truck drivers to spot. This is particularly true at night, and during high-traffic times, such as during rush hour. Unfortunately, small passenger cars are no match to a full-size big rig. If you're involved in a big rig versus passenger car accident this summer, you'll need to know what to do. Here are four steps you should take if you're struck by a big rig while on a road trip.
Stay at the Scene
If you're in a car accident involving a big rig, you need to remain on the scene. If you can still drive your car, move it to the side of the road, and wait for emergency personnel to arrive. Don't try to leave your car, because you may have injuries that you're not aware of. Not only that, but leaving your vehicle while you're parked on the side of the road could put you at risk of being struck by a passing car. If there are passengers in your car, assess their injuries while you wait for help.
Gather Pertinent Information
Once emergency personnel arrive, and it's safe for you to leave your car, you'll want to gather as much pertinent information as you can. You'll want to gather the names, addresses, and phone numbers for anyone who witnessed the accident, even if they weren't involved. This is particularly important if you're out of town. You'll need to be able to contact those witnesses once you return home. You'll also need to gather the contact information for the truck driver, as well as the information for the company they work for. Don't forget to gather insurance information for both the truck driver, and the company, as well. Most truck drivers work for another company, which means you'll need information for both when it comes time to file a claim.
Go to the Hospital
If you've been an accident involving a big rig, you'll need to go to the hospital, even if you don't feel injured. Your body took quite a jolt when your vehicle was struck, and you may be suffering from injuries that you're unable to detect. If there were passengers in your car, make sure they're seen at the hospital, as well. If you're out of town at the time of the accident, be sure to document the name of the hospital you visit, as well as the names of the medical staff who care for you. This will help you obtain your medical records once you get back home.
Seek Legal Representation
One thing you can be sure of after an accident involving a big rig, is that the trucking company is going to have legal representation. You should too. Don't try to negotiate with their legal team without one of your own. As soon as you're able to after the accident, you need to sit down with an attorney who specializes in truck accidents, and discuss your options.Share