What to do if you’re hit by a semi-truck

The road goes ever on

– J.R.R. Tolkien

That’s an unpleasant question, but not as unpleasant as being hit by a semi-truck.

Here’s what to do if you’re hit by a semi-truck (besides, of course, seeking medical attention):

  • Call the police. This allows the police to issue a report, which should contain the identity of the parties involved, the applicable insurance, ownership of the truck, driving violations, and statements. Be sure to ask the police for the report number so you can order the report later.
  • Take photos of any car damage. Also photograph the area of the truck that hit your car and the truck’s license plate.
  • Report the accident to your auto insurance company. Don’t sign anything they send you, however, without first speaking to an attorney.
  • Don’t talk to the trucker’s insurance company, and don’t sign anything that insurance company sends you.
  • Similarly, don’t give a recorded or written statement to either insurance company.

And here are some things to know about trucking accidents:

  • Truckers are subject to state and federal laws and regulations. These laws and regulations govern everything to driving to insurance. It’s best to know what laws and regulations are applicable.
  • A claim could be brought against the driver, if he or she is an independent contractor. Or a claim could be brought against the trucker’s company. Have an attorney assist you in that determination.

To summarize, if you’re injured in a semi-truck accident, you should speak with a Truck Accident Attorney near you before signing anything from any insurance company.

Questions?

Contact Evan W. Walker for a free consultation.

Evan Walker

Evan W. Walker is a La Jolla attorney who has practiced law since 2008. He is licensed to practice in California, Connecticut, and Louisiana. His entire practice has been in litigation.

Evan is from a small town outside of New Orleans. He attended law school in New Orleans, which was interrupted by Hurricane Katrina. After evacuating to Houston, Evan graduated in 2008 as part of the ‘Hurricane Katrina Class.’

After graduation, Evan worked for a New Orleans insurance defense firm. He defended insurance companies against Hurricane Katrina lawsuits brought by homeowners and business owners.

In 2010, he and his wife moved to New Haven, Connecticut, so his wife could complete a medical residency at Yale. During the next few years, Evan worked for Travelers Insurance Company defending countless personal injury lawsuits.

In 2014, he moved to San Diego so his wife could complete a medical fellowship at UCSD. He then opened his own firm to represent people after years of defending insurance companies.

Evan is a Featured Faculty at Attorney Credits, a CLE company, and a regular contributor to various podcasts and publications. He has also been interviewed by San Diego television stations about his cases and practice.

Evan spent almost a decade as a defense attorney who defended insurance companies from personal injury and property damage lawsuits. He knows how insurance companies bully people and deny claims. And he knows how to fight them.

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