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Published On: Mon, Jul 3rd, 2017

Learn What to Do If You Are Hit by a Big Rig

Being involved in an accident with a big rig can be very scary. Accidents with big rigs often occur because a driver is not paying attention or simply because they cannot see a car in their blind spot. The trucks are much larger than most cars and the damage that can be caused during an accident can be quite significant. Use the following guide to learn what steps you need to take if you are ever hit by a big rig while you are driving.

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Exchange Information

When you are involved in an accident with a big rig, you need to exchange information with the driver so that you can contact him or her at a later time. You need to be sure to write down their personal information as well as their insurance information.

Get a Copy of the Police Report

When the accident occurs, police should arrive at the scene to make a report of what happened. In the report, it will state who was at fault for the accident. After the report has been filed, you need to go to the police department to get a copy of the report so that you can prove that you were not at fault for the accident.

Contact an Auto Accident Lawyer

Before you speak with the insurance company for the big rig driver, contact a reputable auto accident lawyer in the area. Auto accident lawyers will typically meet with you to determine if you have a viable case without charging you any fees. If you have a case, the attorney will be able to contact the insurance company for you and possibly get them to accept a settlement agreement rather than having to fight for the money you deserve in court. If the insurance company does not agree, the attorney will be able to fight for you and get you every dollar you will need now and in the future to handle the damages that were caused by the accident.

Get Copies of Your Medical Records

Before you go to court, you will need to get copies of your medical records from the accident. The attorney may advise you to go to a few different specialties so that you can prove that you are going to have long lasting physical repercussions from the accident. The attorney will be able to battle the insurance company to pay for the bills that you will accrue in the future when getting the treatment that you will need. This ensures you are not held financially responsible for the pain and suffering that you occurred during the accident.

Get Multiple Estimates for Your Vehicle Repairs

You also need to get multiple estimates for the repairs that you will need to have done to your car. This allows the attorney to prove that you are not asking for more money than is actually needed for the repairs. Getting multiple estimates establishes exactly what damage was caused to the car and exactly how much it will cost to restore the car to the condition it was in before the accident took place.

When you are involved in an accident with a big rig it is important to take the proper steps to ensure that your damages will be covered by the driver or the company that they work for. If you do not follow the steps listed above, there is a good chance that the insurance company for the driver may claim that they are not responsible for the damages and you could be left paying for them out of your own pocket, which could be quite costly.

Author: Jimmy Simond

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