Being in a truck accident is a scary situation to find yourself in. It is likely you have questions about what to do and how to get it done. Keep reading to get answers to some of the most common questions about truck accidents. If you are in need of a free legal consultation from an experienced personal injury attorney, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 right away.
Should I Call the Police?
Yes. If there are serious injuries then you should call 911. If the truck accident did not create injuries, then you can call the non-emergency number but you should always call the police if there is damage of more than $1,000 or any injury – no matter how minor. Because big rigs are so large and heavy, it is very unlikely that a person would get into an accident with a big rig in which there were no injuries or damage.
What Must I Do Before I Leave the Scene
First, if you are seriously injured then getting medical care should be your only priority. However, if you are not seriously injured and do not require immediate medical care, take pictures of the damage caused by the accident. Take photos of traffic signs that may be relevant, take pictures of any evidence, such as skid marks, that may be used as evidence, and take pictures of anything else that could help.
Get contact information from any witnesses. Get information from the other driver(s) involved but do you not discuss the accident or admit fault.
What Do I Say to the Trucking Company’s Insurance Company if They Contact Me?
Nothing. Talk to a personal injury attorney and let them handle the insurance company for you. It is a common tactic of insurance agents to act as though they are your friend and are on your side. They are not. They work for the insurance company and their goal is to reduce claims as much as possible. Do not agree to give a recorded statement. Do not admit fault – talk to an attorney and find out what your best options are.
Should I Accept a Fair Settlement?
Yes – but only if it is really fair. The insurance company may make you feel a settlement amount is fair when it is not. For example, they may offer to cover your medical bills, a small amount for pain and suffering, and your property damage. This may seem fair but what about your future medical bills? What if you need surgery in the future? Are they covering just the cost of the property damage or your cost to replace the vehicle?
Only when an attorney has looked at a settlement will you get a true idea of how fair – or not fair – it is. One call with The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker could help you recover thousands more than you would recover without us. Call now at 800-333-0000 for your free legal consultation.