What every individual should know if they witness or ever find themselves or a loved one in an 18 wheeler accident.

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So you’re driving along trying to get from here to there, and you witness A horrific sight. You’ve just witnessed an 18 wheeler accident, whether you were the actual victim, or a witness here are a few very important things you can do to help. 

  1. Check to see if there’s anything you can do to get the victim or yourself to safety and call 911.
  2. Document the scene. If you are the injured person, hopefully someone is doing this for you. If you are not The injured person. Document everything, we have smart phones with awesome video and camera features, use it, it will help tremendously for all parties involved and handling the court cases. 
  3. Get info of anyone who helped, such as any witness.
  4. Take pictures of all physical injuries as simple as a bruise or scratch.

After the initial impact of the accident  scene is over and the victim is out of the hospital, this is the time where you can start your search for an attorney that specializes in 18 wheeler accidents.

The actual process of your court case doesn’t start until you have completed physical therapy. So brace yourself for a long tedious process. Your attorneys team will begin investigating, and negotiations with the other party until they reach a reasonable settlement. 

We asked attorney Robert Woods former police officer how is former job as a law-enforcement officer has helped with all of his 18 wheeler accident clients. 

"My job as a former Houston Police officer has taught me the dangers of semi-trailer trucks; otherwise known as 18 wheelers or Semi's. The average vehicles weight is around 5000 lbs. These vehicles don't have a chance against a 80,000 lbs semi-trailer truck. As dangerous as their size would indicate, you would be amazed at how poorly these large vehicles are maintained. I don't believe I have ever seen a 18 wheeler pulled over for inspection that didn't have some type of safety issue, and usually its with the braking system. It is not happenstance that there are so many 18 wheeler accidents on the road, and the 18 wheeler is probably at fault." - Attorney Robert Woods

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