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What to do after a collision with a commercial truck

When a commercial truck collides with a standard car, the results can be catastrophic. While these accidents do not always result in fatalities, they can still result in severe injuries and property damage. For example, four people recently sustained serious injuries after being in an accident with a semi-truck on the 118 freeway. 

No matter how severe the collision was, you should always see a doctor following a truck accident. You may not realize the magnitude of your injuries, and a doctor can help you with the claims process. Here are other actions to take after a collision with a commercial truck. 

Exchange information with the truck driver

A police officer can gather information if you are in no condition to do so. However, you should speak with the trucker if you feel all right. You should receive the driver's name and insurance information as you would for any other driver. Since the driver worked on behalf of a company, you also want to acquire the truck license plate number, the trucking company name and additional pertinent information related to the trucking company. 

Contact the police

You should not hesitate to call 911 after the accident. You should not move the vehicles or yourself until officers arrive because they need as thorough a picture of the collision as possible. The police will be able to attest for any injuries you sustained whether that involves broken bones or bleeding. The report will account for your physical condition and come in handy if you need to go to court. 

Call your insurance company

You should do your best to contact your auto insurance provider on the same day as the collision. In the event you need to go to a hospital, then the insurance company will understand if you do not call for another day. After calling the insurance company, you should have your attorney handle any further communications with your insurance agency or the other driver's provider. 

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