After a big-truck accident, there is usually a lot of confusion. If you were injured in such an accident, there are certain actions and inactions that could cost you in the long term. Medical bills for injuries resulting from a major collision can become astronomical, so it is important you do not jeopardize any potential compensation claim. The following are three of the top no-nos when it comes to big-truck accidents.
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Do Not Refuse Medical Treatment
Immediately after a big truck accident, you may feel an unusual calm. In fact, many survivors of pile-ups describe feeling completely fine, even though their vehicle was directly involved in the crash – only to end up in the ER hours later. Not experiencing the effects of serious injury in the aftermath of an accident is typically the result of shock.
If you have been directly involved in a big-truck accident it is important to accept medical treatment. There are injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that may not show noticeable symptoms for days after the accident. Medical professionals are trained to identify the signs of these injuries and get you the medical care you need.
Do Not Accept Liability
At the scene of a big-truck accident, do not accept liability for causing the incident. Anything that is recorded by emergency services or eyewitnesses may be used to place enough liability on your shoulders to render any attempt to recover damages difficult. Speak to a personal injury lawyer to discuss the details of your case before speaking to anyone from the trucking company.
Soon after a big-truck accident, you will likely begin to receive contacts from insurance companies. Again, you do not have to provide these people with any information. When you hire a personal injury lawyer, they can act on your behalf and carry out any negotiations with the truck company’s insurance providers.
Do Not Face a Big-Truck Company Alone
When facing a big-truck company you are in a David vs Goliath situation; an experienced personal injury lawyer could be your slingshot. While you are not guaranteed a win simply on the merits of having representation, going it alone against a large company that may have access to a team of legal experts is not a good idea.
You can avail yourself of a free consultation with H. Lehman Franklin, P.C., to discuss the strength of your case. We have experience in negotiating with truck company representatives, including insurance companies. Big-truck accidents can become complicated – especially if there are multiple parties involved in a lawsuit. You owe it to yourself to ensure your interests are represented throughout the process.
If you would like to know more about how our auto accident attorneys can help win your case, reach out to our offices at 912-764-9616 to arrange a free initial consultation, today. We can visit you at home or at the side of your hospital bed, for your convenience.