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What to do after a truck accident

Getting into a truck accident can be an extremely frightening and stressful experience, in addition to potentially causing serious injuries. The size and weight of a commercial truck often substantially increases the resulting damage and raises the chance of fatalities. Taking the right steps after your accident can help you and your attorney build a stronger case to get you the compensation you need.

First, you need to take care of your medical treatment. First responders may take you to the emergency room. Whether you stay at the hospital or get discharged, you need to follow up on your treatment by taking stock of symptoms and seeing a doctor as soon as possible.

Avoid speaking to the trucking company's representatives

Trucking companies often act aggressively to protect their interests after an accident. Representatives may approach you at the accident scene or attempt to contact you later. Speaking to them can jeopardize your case. Whether they want you to give a statement or offer a settlement, they do not have your interests at heart.

Get help when dealing with your insurer

Your own insurance company will also want to speak with you about the accident. Consult your attorney before giving any statements. You may think of your insurer as taking your side; in reality, companies typically look for ways to pay out as little as possible. They are not concerned about whether or not you can pay for necessary treatment or how many weeks or months of pay you will lose.

Reporting the crash

Pennsylvania law also requires you to report a crash that results in death, injury or damage to your car that renders it inoperable to the nearest police department within five days. If police officers arrive at the scene, their report will fulfill this requirement; otherwise, ask your lawyer about how you can report.

Retaining qualified legal assistance is the best way to protect your interests and pursue compensation to cover urgent expenses such as medical bills. When you are dealing with all the overwhelming complications that follow a truck crash, you need a strong advocate who is 100 percent on your side to help you get the best possible outcome.

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