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What to Do After a Collision with an 18-Wheeler

Posted by on Jan 15, 2020 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Car crashes between two regular vehicles can be a nightmare, but a crash involving an 18-wheeler is even worse. Due to an 18-wheeler size and weight, crashes involving a semi-truck can be particularly dangerous.

In addition, sorting out the insurance claims after a crash with a semi-truck can be a long, complicated process. Of course, the first thing you should do after the crash is to focus on your recovery, but as soon as you’re better, you can focus on getting justice. 

Keep reading to learn more about 18-wheeler collisions and getting the compensation you need.

Why is it complicated?

Crashes with 18-wheelers can be particularly complicated because when the driver of the truck is responsible for the crash, the company that owns the truck may be held responsible. 

Companies have a responsibility to properly maintain their trucks, per the Federal Motor Car Safety Administration. However, companies don’t always maintain the safety of their trucks, leading to accidents on the road. Semi-truck accidents can be caused by the following issues in 18-wheelers:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Mechanical issues in the truck
  • Distracted Driving
  • Poor hiring standards
  • Undiagnosed medical issues in the driver
  • Blind spots on semi-trucks

Certain issues, such as poor hiring standards and mechanical issues in the truck, are the responsibility of the company that owns the truck and employs the driver. Therefore, the company can be held responsible for the accident.

What You’re Entitled To

If you’ve been injured by an 18-wheeler in an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. Here is a short, though not exhaustive list, of what you may be entitled to after an accident:

  • Medical bills 
  • Lost wages due to time off from work
  • Damage to your car and other property
  • Disfigurement 
  • Lost earning capacity due to injuries sustained due to the accident
  • Pain and suffering

What to Do

You should not be forced to pay for the company’s negligence. You have the right to hold the company responsible for the injuries they caused you. If you’re already dealing with extreme medical issues after a crash, the financial costs of your treatment can make you feel even worse. Even after you’ve recovered, you may need money to afford a new car. 

Of course, you should never attempt to represent yourself. Companies have experienced legal teams whose job is to keep you from getting the compensation that you deserve. Despite how tempting it may be to represent yourself to cut down on attorney costs, you should hire an experienced attorney

With the help of an attorney, you can file insurance claims with the company responsible for your accident. If the company refuses to pay you back for your injuries, your attorney can help you take them to court. 

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