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Commercial Vehicle Accidents – What to Do if You Have Been Injured in an Accident

Big rig trucks, eighteen-wheelers, tanker trucks and the like – they are a fact of life. Without them, there would be no fuel at the gas pump, no food at the supermarket, no diapers on the shelves of our favorite big box store. Still, the fact that they are necessary does not negate the fact that many of these vehicles are poorly maintained and often operated by drivers who are distracted, insufficiently trained, reckless or under the influence. Commercial vehicle accidents claim many lives and injure even more. If you have been involved in a commercial vehicle accident and you have suffered an injury, it is important that you know what to do. The attorneys at Philly Justice are passionate advocates on behalf of our clients who have been injured in commercial vehicle accidents, and will make sure you know what to if you have been injured.

The most important thing that you need to do if you have been injured in an accident is to get medical attention immediately. Your health and wellbeing is the single-most important thing to address, so see a doctor or go to the hospital, even if you think that you’re okay. In many cases the injuries that result from an accident are not immediately apparent, but they can be deadly. Being seen is also helpful if you need documentation of your injuries later on.

If an accident with a commercial vehicle has occurred, you may assume that the company that owns the truck will do the right thing and act responsibly. This is not always the case – in fact, all too often they will send out an insurance adjuster or inspector and try to convince you that the accident was your fault, or to get you to sign off on a waiver indicating that your injuries are insignificant. They may even offer you an attractive lump sum payment in exchange for a promise not to pursue a lawsuit at a later date. Remember that these representatives are working on behalf of the company – they are not their friend and their interest does not focus on what is in your best interest. Refuse to speak with any attorney or representative of the driver or the company, and instead refer them to your attorney. And remember to call the police to the scene of any accident, even if it is minor. Having a police report that clearly documents what has happened will be extremely helpful down the road. Also, if at all possible try to take photos of the scene of the accident, and if there are any witnesses present ask them for their names and contact information. Your attorney will be able to use all of this information should you need to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for your damages.

The attorneys at Philly Justice are experienced personal injury attorneys who understand how devastating being in a commercial truck accident can be. We are here to help, and can answer any questions you may have regarding your rights and your eligibility to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries. Call us today to set up an appointment for a free consultation.

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