In 2018, there were 7,713 large truck crashes in Wisconsin and of those, there were 64 fatalities and 1,904 injuries. There is a substantially higher risk of injury or death to passenger car drivers involved in an accident with a large truck including a semi-truck, tractor/trailer, dump truck, tanker truck, hazmat truck, or virtually any vehicle that requires a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to legally operate. This increased risk is due in large part to the sheer size and weight of commercial vehicles compared to passenger vehicles like conventional cars and trucks, along with the different operating characteristics of huge vehicles like commercial trucks.
Being a diligent and defensive driver is very important when your passenger car is sharing the road with large commercial trucks and buses. If you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of an accident with a large truck, make sure you do the following:
4 Steps to Take After a Truck Accident
- Get medical treatment: this is probably the most important thing to do, and it is helpful if you go on the same day as the accident. There will then be a record of your injuries being related to the accident.
- Call the police: even minor accidents should be reported and will allow you to obtain a police report that should include finding out who the police determine to be at fault.
- Contact your insurance: to inform them that the accident happened.
- Talk to an attorney: taking advantage of a free consultation with a skilled truck accident law firm like Habush Habush & Rottier can help you navigate through the stress that comes with an accident and help you get the compensation you deserve. Our firm has a strong team of truck accident lawyers, including Peter M. Young, who’s held a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) for nearly twenty years and has been employed operating large trucks and Commercial Motor Vehicles in the past, giving our team a unique perspective and a deeper understanding of trucking claims.
Just as there are things you should do after an accident, there are other things you should not do after an accident with a semi-truck:
- Do not skip medical treatment: You may feel fine right away, but there could be injuries you are not aware of.
- Do not admit fault: make sure you give just the facts to the police and don’t admit fault to them or anyone else.
- Do not make statements: to insurance or sign anything until you talk with a skilled truck accident attorney.
After an accident, there are so many things that you will need to take care of, and if you are injured that adds to the stress and can make everything seem that much more daunting. Contacting a truck accident attorney is always a good idea. Habush Habush & Rottier’s truck accident attorneys will meet with you for a free confidential consultation where you can start to get the peace of mind you deserve.