Being involved in a truck accident caused by a negligent truck driver can be a frightening experience. It can be overwhelming to cope with the pain and limitations caused by your injuries and the lack of income while you are off work recovering. Unfortunately, this can cause victims of a truck wreck to make mistakes that later weaken their claim for compensation against the trucking company and trucker. Here, we share some of the most common mistakes we have seen other victims make so that you can avoid them yourself.
Common Mistakes to Avoid Following a Truck Accident
As you read this article, it is important to keep in mind that most mistakes will not ruin your case or prevent you from obtaining compensation for your injuries. An experienced truck accident attorney with a track record of success will have dealt with these and other mistakes when negotiating a fair settlement for their clients. However, these are errors to avoid if at all possible:
Not seeking medical care. It is important to seek prompt medical care for your health and to strengthen your claim. Some symptoms of injuries take days or longer to develop. When you wait to see a doctor, you jeopardize your health and increase the likelihood that the insurance company will argue about the cause of your injuries.
Not calling the police. The police report will contain vital information, such as contact information for the trucker, a narration of how the wreck occurred, and whether the trucker was issued a citation. Even if you do not believe that you will file a claim, you should contact the police and obtain a police report to not lose vital information that could prove the truck driver’s negligence.
Not getting contact information. It is important to obtain the contact information for the trucker, trucking company, and their insurance company as well as any witnesses to your accident. If you fail to do so, you may lose the information you need to file a claim and evidence to prove the cause of your crash.
Not taking pictures. Pictures of the damage to the truck and your vehicle, the accident scene, road conditions, skid marks, and anything else you believe is helpful is crucial to showing how serious the accident was and how it happened. You do not want to lose this compelling evidence that can help you convince the adjuster to settle your claim or a jury to award you the compensation you deserve.
Settling your claim too quickly. You do not want to accept the first offer you receive from the insurance company right after your wreck. It will most likely be for less than you are entitled to, and you may not know the full extent of your injuries—and the value of your claim—at this point. You should never settle your claim without first consulting with an experienced truck accident attorney.
Not retaining an experienced truck accident attorney. It would be a mistake to not contact an experienced truck accident attorney soon after your collision. He can quickly send the trucking company a spoliation letter advising them of your claim and the need to preserve crucial evidence if you contact him right away. He can also conduct a more thorough investigation and take over communications with the insurance company.
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