There are few things scarier than being in an automobile accident in Northern Kentucky involving a semi-truck. Many drivers are already leery of trucks on the roadways not seeing them during a lane change or turn. Getting hit by one can be deadly.
Semi-Truck Accidents in Kentucky
Tracy Morgan was rear-ended by a semi-truck, causing a four car pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike at 1:00am in the morning. The truck was a Walmart delivery truck, and the driver could not prove that he slept at any time during the 24 hours before the crash. It ended with one fatality, and three other seriously injured people, including Tracy Morgan.
Semi-truck accidents do happen. If you have been involved in a semi-truck collision in Covington, Newport or Florence, knowing what to do next may save your life.
After the Accident
After any semi-truck accidents in Northern Kentucky there are a few things you will want to do. First, remain still. Ask if everyone else in the vehicle, if any, are alright. Try to get a response. If a phone is in reach, call 911 immediately. If you can move freely and without pain, turn to check on passengers. If anyone is unresponsive, alert the 911 operator. The only time it is best to move an unresponsive, injured person from an automobile after a car accident is if there is a fire present, or the possibility of an explosion.
Note: It is best never to try and move someone who is unresponsive after an accident. Head and neck injuries may be present, and should be left to EMTs to assist the individual(s).
Whether you are in pain, or do not feel immediate pain, proceed to the hospital with an EMT for medical attention. This is because pain or injuries may not manifest immediately after the accident, or the onset of adrenaline may alter your brain's perception of sustained injuries.
Again, if you can move freely and have access to your phone's camera, it is best to take as many pictures as possible. Pictures of the car, the truck, the damage, the roadway or the intersection, any other vehicles that may have been involved, etc. If you are unable to, have somebody nearby - a friend, family member, or even a witness to the event.
Witness statements can also be very helpful in accident cases. Again, if you are unable to collect witness statements, perhaps an uninjured person, friend, or bystander can help.
I any event, you should always focus on receiving medical care. Your personal injury attorney can help see to that.