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What to do if you have an accident with a semitruck

On Behalf of | Oct 25, 2023 | Auto/Truck Accidents

Sometimes, accidents happen regardless of how cautiously you drive. Let’s say you’re driving on US Interstate 40 and there’s a semitruck in the lane to your left. Suddenly, the truck cuts you off and starts to cross into your lane. Even though you slam on the brakes, it’s too late and you hit the back of the truck. What do you do next?

First, check yourself for injuries before doing anything else. If you need immediate medical assistance, call 9-1-1 if you haven’t already. Because of the semitruck’s massive size and weight, there could be significant damage to both you and your car. That’s why you must assess your condition before proceeding with anything else.

Steps to take after the accident

Once you’ve called 9-1-1, you should do the following:

  1. If your car is still drivable after a collision, move it to the side of the road. 
  2. Let the other parties involved know that you have called 911, and check on their well-being. 
  3. Take photos of the damage to your car if you are well enough to move around.
  4. Share your insurance details with the other parties involved in the accident and look for any witnesses who can provide an accident report. 
  5. When the police arrive, follow their instructions. You might be asked to describe the accident. 
  6. Accept medical help. If the paramedics feel that you need medical attention, allow them to transport you to the hospital. Make sure to obtain all necessary documentation from your visit.

It’s important to note that Oklahoma follows the “modified comparative negligenceprinciple. This means that your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you. However, you may not be eligible for any compensation if your degree of fault is greater than 50%. 

Obtaining fair compensation after a wreck isn’t always easy. Experienced legal guidance can help.