What Happens in a Hit and Run with an 18-Wheeler?
Defense driving: If you were ever involved in a hit and run, you would know the steps to take to receive compensation for all the damages as well as serve you justice. But what happens if you are involved in a hit and run with a commercialized truck? If you feel that you are going to be in a collision with an 18-wheeler, it is best to practice defense driving. Give the driver space and try to avoid their blind spot. Be aware of any signals of the truck lane changes and never cut them off.
After the fact: If it comes to a point where there is an accident, try to see if you can capture their US DOT number at the side of their vehicle. If not, try your best to take a picture or video of the 18-wheeler. Remember what the truck looks like or the brand that it carries, and keep in mind the road of the route they were heading. If there are any eyewitnesses, ask for their information. They may have pictures and videos of the time of the accident that may help you in court.
Reporting an 18-wheeler accident: Unfortunately, some trucks have their registration plates in the front—where you can’t capture them easily. Reporting an 18-wheeler accident is more complex than dealing with a private owner. You will be dealing with the corporation, the driver, the employer of the driver, the owner of the truck and more. But you’re not alone. Hit and Runs with 18-wheelers are more common than you think. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, about 69% of all domestic goods were hauled by truck—more of a reason to be in an accident. The trucker might be too tired to pay attention, but most of the time, the car might’ve been in the trucker’s blindside. Plus, their trucks weigh thousands of pounds that may prevent truck drivers from feeling a collision.