Being in an accident is not something that happens often to a person, and there is no way to completely prepare yourself for what you may come face to face with. However, there are certain dos and don’ts that being aware of gives you a better chance of being compensated. And trust us when we say this- your truck accident lawyer will thank you for doing these!
Don’t Leave The Scene Without Notifying Police Or Communicating With The Other Driver
It doesn’t matter how scared you are, you have to control your flight response. Do not leave the scene without communicating with the other driver and getting contact information, or notifying the cops about the accident. Leaving the scene could warrant a hit and run case against you, and you could be struck for criminal tendencies.
When you file a claim with the insurance company, keep the description of the accident as brief as possible. Only explain the events leading up to it, and keep it short and sweet with nothing that could incriminate you. In the weeks after the accident, you could be getting calls from the insurance company asking for more details on the accident.
Hire yourself a lawyer and let them handle things for you. They know how to respond, what to respond with and know to stay off of hot areas that could land you in trouble and cause you to lose out on your claim. The lawyer would send out a ‘letter of representation’ to your insurance company, and anything that the insurance company needs from you, they can intimate with your lawyer first.
Not Getting Medical Help
You need to get your injuries examined right after the accident. Not 2 days after.
The longer you wait, the more difficult it is to connect the injuries to the accident. The defendant could create doubt as to whether the injury was due to another incident after or before the actual accident, and not the accident itself.
It doesn’t matter even if you don’t feel immediate pain. Most of the injuries in a vehicular accident are internal, and in most cases, it is the cause of death. You could be bleeding internally, and this is why you need to get yourself checked asap. Get all of the medical records, bills and doctor’s prescriptions that say exactly the extent of the injuries you faced.
Keep these in mind and you will make things a lot easier for your personal injury lawyer to get you the compensation deserving of you.