Did you know that a fully loaded truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds? Given that many truck accidents occur at speeds of up to 75 miles per hour, it’s not difficult to see why so many crash victims are often left with debilitating, lifelong injuries.
Following a truck accident — no matter how seriously you were injured — you will likely be contacted by someone from the trucking corporation asking you for a statement or “your side of the story.” Below, we’ll explain a few things you should know before saying anything on the record.
How to Handle Correspondence With Insurance Companies
First and foremost, you should know that the trucking company’s insurer does not have your interests in mind, no matter how friendly and concerned they may come across. Their job is to protect the truck company’s bottom line and avoid being held at fault for the accident. If given the opportunity, they will pay you as little as possible, even if it means leaving you stuck with extraordinarily high medical bills and lifelong injuries.
Trucks are equipped with sensors that record everything and alert their lawyers and insurance team if an accident occurs. In some cases, the company’s accident response team may be on the scene of the accident at the same time that first responders arrive.
In addition to avoiding making verbal statements, you should also avoid signing anything that hasn’t been looked at by an attorney representing your interests. These forms may be presented to you in a way that makes you feel like you have to sign them, but you can simply say that you would like to speak to an attorney first.
What to Do Next
Seek Medical Care
Even if you did not have to go to the hospital following the accident, you should still seek medical attention. In many cases, “unseen” injuries such as concussions, organ damage, internal bleeding, and whiplash can all go unnoticed due to the adrenaline released during an accident. Delaying medical care only puts you at risk of more severe injuries, and every day you wait could diminish the weight of your injuries as evidence. If the insurance company can argue that your injuries were caused by something else after the accident, you could find yourself fighting an uphill battle for compensation.
Make sure that you document everything about your injuries, from the time it took to seek medical care to the actual cost of obtaining that care. If you suffer daily pain, you may want to keep a journal detailing your day-to-day experience. Medical records, receipts, and your personal experience can all become valuable forms of evidence as you pursue justice and compensation for your injuries.
Call a Truck Accident Attorney
It’s in your interest to contact a truck accident attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case. Be sure to find an attorney who specializes in truck accidents specifically; it might sound obvious, but car accidents and other forms of personal injury are very different from truck accidents. You should also look for one with a track record of success and fully transparent testimonials.
Working with a truck accident attorney will allow you to focus on your recovery instead of handling everything yourself, and it will also reduce your chances of inadvertently damaging your case.
At Fairell Roy & Associates, truck accident cases are one of our specialized areas of focus, and we’ve dedicated a wealth of resources to becoming one of the most well-known truck accident firms in the area. Our attorneys handle cases with tact and empathy while working tirelessly to investigate every aspect of your case and work toward fair and just compensation on your behalf.
If you would like to read what previous clients have had to say about working with us, we invite you to read through our testimonials. We believe that prospective clients deserve transparency, so please contact our firm for a consultation if you would like to discuss your case in more detail with a personal injury attorney. At the end of the day, our primary goal is to help you get back to living your life and put the accident behind you.