Learn how to get the compensation you need to rebuild your life after a serious truck accident injury.
Have you been seriously injured in an accident caused by a big rig truck? If you’re not careful, the resulting pain, suffering, and expense could easily ruin your life. You might find yourself bankrupted by medical bills and unable to ever get back on sound financial footing due to an inability to work. If left untreated, chronic pain and other limitations can affect your mental health and your relationships with friends and family.
Fortunately, you do not have to accept financial ruin as a natural consequence of truck accident injuries—even if you have poor coverage on your own insurance. As long as the accident was not your fault, you can recover compensation through a personal injury claim.
Here are the steps you should follow to help protect your ability to secure maximum compensation after a truck accident:
Document Your Accident
It is extremely important to gather all the evidence you can immediately after a truck accident. Of course, your ability to do this will depend in part on the severity of your injuries. If you are able to walk around after the accident, use your cell phone to take photos or videos of the scene—ideally before the vehicles have been moved from their original positions. You will also want to call the police so that they can make an official report on the accident. This documentation will serve as important evidence for proving who caused the accident and therefore who is responsible for paying the damages.
Get Medical Attention
Obviously, if you have a broken bone or a severe laceration, you need medical attention. But you should also see the doctor even if you feel relatively fine after an accident. You may have internal injuries, a head injury, or a whiplash injury—all of which can be masked by adrenalin immediately after an accident. If you do not get prompt treatment for these injuries, they could get worse. Prompt medical treatment will also help ensure that your injuries are linked to the accident so the defense cannot argue that their client did not cause them.
Don’t Make a Statement
Although you may be eager to tell your side of the story after a truck accident, it is not really in your best interests to make a statement to the insurance company. You might inadvertently say something that could hurt your claim. It is better to wait until you have discussed the matter with a truck accident attorney who can help you compose your statement.
Don’t Sign Anything
After a truck accident, the trucking company or their insurance provider may offer you a settlement check. In order to receive this check, you will have to sign an agreement forfeiting your right to any further legal action. Before you do this, you want to be absolutely sure that the settlement really covers all your financial needs, including current and future medical expenses and lost income.
Hire an Attorney
Truck accident claims differ from most motor vehicle accident claims in that you will be facing a corporation rather than a private individual as the defendant. This means you will encounter aggressive opposition to your claim. It is vital to have an equally aggressive attorney on your side who can make sure the trucking company lives up to their obligation to provide full and fair compensation. The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker makes an excellent choice of truck accident attorney. We have decades of experience and an excellent track record of success in cases against big corporate defendants. For a free initial consultation, call us at 800-333-0000 today.