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|05-15-2019, 12:22 PM||#1|
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What to Do (and Not Do) After a Truck Accident
It may be tempting to lose your composure in such a scenario, but it’s important that you stay calm and start gathering evidence to build your personal injury claim. Your statements and actions at the scene and over the weeks that follow could have a major impact on how your case unfolds.
Below are just a few tips to keep in mind after a truck accident:
Document the Scene
If you didn’t sustain debilitating injuries and you’re able to walk around after the accident, you should do the following before leaving the scene:
Don’t Admit Fault
Your statements will influence what the responding officer writes in the accident report, so you should avoid apologizing or accepting fault. Try only to provide objective and factual statements about what happened.
Undergo an Immediate Medical Evaluation
Visit a doctor as soon as possible—preferably on the same day as the accident but certainly no later than 48 hours after. Depending on the types of injuries you sustained, getting prompt medical treatment might improve your prognosis, and it will demonstrate a commitment to mitigating your damages. It will also help your attorney prove causation. If you take your healthcare seriously and following your doctor’s instructions, the insurance company will have one less source of ammunition to use against you.
Don’t Provide Any Recorded Statements to the Insurance Adjuster
The insurance adjuster may ask you to provide recorded statements at various stages of the claims process. But it’s possible that your statements will be taken out of context to challenge your claim. As such, it’s best to let your lawyer handle this dialogue from day one so you’re not coerced into saying something that brings liability or the severity of your injuries into question.
|05-15-2019, 08:20 PM||#2|
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Re: What to Do (and Not Do) After a Truck Accident
And DON'T use a law firm that needs to troll Internet forums for clients.
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