Here’s what to do.

Being hit by an 18-wheeler on the highway is terrifying. The size difference between your car and a large truck can cause severe injuries and damage. Knowing what to do next can keep you safe and protect your rights.


Ensure Immediate Safety and Get Medical Help

First, make sure everyone is safe. If you can, move to a safe spot away from traffic. Next, check yourself and others for injuries. Then, call 911 right away. Even if injuries seem minor, seek medical attention. Some injuries aren’t obvious right away.

Call 911 Immediately

Always call 911 after an accident. Emergency responders provide medical help. Police create an official accident report. This report is crucial for insurance claims and legal actions. Likewise, police secure the scene and help protect those involved in the crash from highway traffic. However, sometimes it takes the police several weeks to finish their investigation. In the meantime, there are steps you can take to gather information for your claim.

Document the Scene and Gather Witness Information

Meanwhile, if it’s safe, start documenting the scene. Take photos and videos of the vehicles, road conditions, and any visible injuries. Additionally, get contact information from witnesses. Their statements can help establish what happened.

Get the Other Driver’s Information

Next, exchange information with the truck driver. Get their name, contact details, driver’s license number, and insurance information. Also, note the trucking company’s name and the truck’s license plate number. You need this info to file a claim with their insurance.

Actions to Take If You’ve Left the Scene

If you have already left the scene, contact the state police. Or, if your injuries are too bad to do it yourself, have someone you know contact the state police. Get a copy of the accident report. Then, list all medical providers who treated you. Including hospitals, urgent care centers, and specialists. Keep records of all treatments, prescriptions, and related expenses. Further, continue to follow up with your medical providers. Follow their treatment plans to ensure that you are working hard to get better.

Contact a Trucking Accident Lawyer

Finally, talk to a trucking accident lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer can help make sure the evidence is collected and preserved. This includes electronic data from the truck, traffic camera footage, police reports, and data from your vehicle. They can also get the truck driver’s cell phone records and trucking logs. Additionally, corporate documents from the trucking company may be needed to prove liability.


In conclusion, being proactive after an 18-wheeler accident can affect your case’s outcome. Ensuring safety, documenting the incident, and seeking legal counsel help protect your rights. These steps improve your chances of receiving fair compensation.

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