Accidents between a passenger car and a commercial truck or “semi-truck” are unlike any other type of vehicle accident. These collisions can cause immense damage, simply due to how heavy the commercial truck weighs in comparison to other cars. To emphasize this point further, imagine a commercial truck on the road next to you. It can feel 2-3 times as tall as your vehicle, and probably weighs thousands of pounds more too. In fact, the commercial truck can weigh anywhere from 10,000 pounds, up to 80,000 pounds or so for a tractor-trailer. In drastic contrast, the standard passenger vehicle may weigh a measly 3,000-5,000 pounds. In the event of an accident, the driver and passengers of the car are likely to suffer the very worst of the injuries and financial loss.
An attorney at MartinWren has probably met with other clients just like you, who have endured a terrible accident due to a truck driver being irresponsible on the roadway. We can help you seek not only justice, but financial compensation for your losses due to the collision.
The Importance of Calling the Police
Calling the police at the scene of a commercial truck accident is important, as the officer can create an official incident report of what happened in addition to making an arrest of the trucker in the event he or she is under the influence. If you decide to file a lawsuit against the trucker for your losses, it can help to have as much evidence as you can. An attorney at MartinWren recommends obtaining a copy of this police report, as proof of the accident. Also, keep records of any medical bills or vehicle repairs you paid for out-of-pocket because of the wreck.
Whether or Not to Move Your Vehicle
Many of us have been taught during driving school to leave our vehicle where it is at the scene of a car accident. However, if your car and the commercial truck could become a safety hazard to others, then it may be best to move them over to the side and out of the way. The worst thing that could unfold is a car driver not being able to stop in time, and crashing into the midst of the scene, putting yourself at further risk.
Exchanging Information with the Trucker
Just as if you were part of any other type of vehicle accident, exchange information with the other driver. But only do so if you feel that you are not in need of emergency medical attention. If you feel odd in any way, wait for an ambulance to arrive and don’t prioritize getting the trucker’s information. If you feel stable, then an attorney at MartinWren suggests collecting these details from the trucker while still at the scene:
- Trucker’s first and last name as written on driver’s license
- Trucker’s drivers license number
- Insurance company name and policy number
- The name of the trucking company that employs the trucker
- Trucker’s address and phone number
- The truck vehicle make, model and year