In the days after a collision with a commercial truck, you may be scared and worried about what to do next. However, you might already be dealing with your accident’s devastating financial trauma, psychological distress, and critical injuries.
Fortunately, these next steps could help you increase your chances of recovering maximum compensation for your damages. After your truck accident, here is what you should do:
- Obtain a medical evaluation
- Gather evidence to support your truck accident claim
- Secure valuable information
- Do not post on social media or speak to the insurance company
- Start keeping track of your losses
- Contact a truck accident lawyer from our firm for help
When you are ready to go after the compensation you deserve, our truck accident attorneys are here to help. Contact us for a free consultation today and learn more about what is next for your truck accident case.
Obtain a Medical Evaluation
The first thing you need to do after a truck accident is to obtain a medical evaluation. If you do not, the defense may attempt to argue that your injuries were not caused by the accident but were caused in another way.
If you obtain the medical care you need immediately after the accident, you will have access to carefully documented records of your injuries, how they occurred, the extent of the damages, your prognosis, and other valuable medical information.
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Gather Evidence to Support Your Truck Accident Claim
While you are at the scene of the accident or in the days after your collision, gathering the evidence you will need to support your case is important. Your truck accident attorney will be responsible for speaking with witnesses, interviewing experts, working with truck accident reconstructionists, and analyzing commercial truck black box data.
However, if you have the opportunity to take photos of the scene, your injuries and gather other evidence that could be useful to your case, it could aid in the recovery of the restitution that is rightfully yours.
Secure Valuable Information
Many types of evidence could prove helpful to your case. However, valuable information, including the other party’s insurance information, contact information, vehicle make and model, and witness information, could help expedite the truck accident claims process.
At a time when you are struggling to cope financially, the sooner we can get your compensation, the better.
Do Not Post on Social Media or Speak to The Insurer
It is essential to be careful who you talk to after your truck accident. Posting on social media about the severity of your injuries is risky. You could make a post that the defense accesses and attempts to manipulate, making it appear that your injuries are not as severe as you have expressed.
It is better to avoid posting anything regarding the accident on social media and lay low across all social media platforms while you move forward with your truck accident claim.
Likewise, speaking with the insurance company may not be in your best interests. Insurance adjusters need to get the facts of the case to determine whether they have a financial obligation to pay out on your claim. Unfortunately, facts can also be lost in translation, which could harm your case.
For this reason, having your truck accident lawyer at our firm file your insurance claim, communicate with the insurance company, and negotiate on your behalf could make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
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Start Keeping Track of Your Losses
You need to keep track of your damages in the days after your accident. Unfortunately, many truck accident victims assume they are only entitled to compensation for vehicle repairs, medical bills, and potentially lost wages.
However, you have the right to be made whole. You have a right to total compensation for every way you have been affected by your accident injuries and the truck accident itself.
Some of the different types of losses you should begin documenting after the accident include:
- How many hours you are losing from not being able to work
- Every medical bill that comes in
- All out-of-pocket medical expenses
- Your vehicle repair cost quotes
- Notices from your insurance company that your premiums are going up
- A personal journal that details the emotional trauma you are experiencing
Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer from Our Firm for Help
The aftermath of a truck accident can be daunting. You may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure about what to do in the days following your accident. When you need legal guidance and support to recover the damages you deserve, reach out to a truck accident attorney at Bressman Law.
Our team proudly offers no-cost, risk-free consultations to truck accident victims across the state of Ohio. Claim yours today. Complete our convenient contact form or call to get started.