What to Do After a Truck Accident

October 11, 2010

Learn the Do's and Don'ts From Experienced Truck Accident Attorneys

The legal work on your injury claim should begin as soon as possible after a truck accident. Obviously, medical care comes first. Still, it is important to consult and retain knowledgeable legal counsel in the first days following a serious truck accident. Taking quick action to protect your legal rights helps put you on even footing with the trucking company, whose insurance company has already begun to prepare its defense. The insurance companies that defend trucking companies immediately send investigators to accident sites to collect evidence and meet with prospective witnesses. It is not unheard of for investigators to appear at the scene before the police arrive.

If you have been injured, it is critical that you act just as quickly — either by working with the Rapid Response Team at Greenberg & Stone, P.A., or by taking action yourself. You should have the same benefits and advantages that the trucking companies enjoy. The experienced accident lawyers at Greenberg & Stone developed this accident checklist to help you protect your rights.

What to Do After a Truck Accident Injury

There are certain things you can do to protect yourself following a truck accident. For example:

  • Take pictures of the scene of the truck accident and the vehicles involved. Document the skid marks, gouge marks and debris. Pictures of the accident scene tell a valuable story about what occurred during the accident. Photographs of the property damage can speak to the way an accident happened, as well as the extent of the impact and the injuries involved. Trained experts can analyze these photographs to determine the speed of the truck and other factors.
  • Note road signs and road conditions. Was it a dangerous roadway? Was snow, rain or fog a factor in the accident? Was there anything you noticed about the surface and makeup of the road itself? This information may be important later, and is easy to forget.
  • Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of witnesses. It is a good idea to talk with these witnesses early while the accident is still fresh in their minds. Ask them what they saw and heard during the accident.

People often want their car repaired as quickly as possible after a truck accident. However, fixing the damage can mean that critical evidence about the crash is erased. Talk to your attorney before you send your car to the repair shop or sign the title over to the insurance company. Many times, your attorney may wish to store the car in a warehouse for safekeeping until the case is over.

Talk With Your Lawyer — Not the Trucking Company Insurer

It is not a good idea to talk with insurance companies about the truck accident without having an attorney present. Insurance companies are notorious for using recorded statements against plaintiffs in litigation. No matter how supportive they may seem, their goal is only to reduce the amount of money they pay you.

Instead, talk with an attorney. By hiring legal representation, you send a clear message to insurance companies: you are serious about protecting your rights by holding trucking companies and drivers accountable. Your attorney will communicate with the insurance company on your behalf.

Take Care of Your Health

Injuries in truck accidents tend to be very serious. Some people have to be airlifted to trauma centers. In many cases, the injured must spend a lengthy period of time in hospitals and must go through extensive and painful physical rehabilitation. It is important you communicate clearly with your treating physicians and let them know everything that is bothering you, giving them all of the pieces to put the puzzle together. Many times following a truck accident, the injuries are not just treated initially, but far into the future. Some injuries do not show up for days or even weeks after the truck accident. Give your health care providers regular updates on your condition.

Our top priority is to help you make the fullest possible physical, mental and emotional recovery. Hiring an attorney is your best option to make sure your rights are protected from the moment the accident occurs.

Learn More About Greenberg & Stone

Greenberg & Stone is an AV-rated* law firm with a nationwide practice representing the rights of truck accident victims. To learn more, call 888-499-9700. We are available by answering service or e-mail 24 hours per day. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means we don't collect attorneys' fees unless you collect a settlement or jury verdict.


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