Truck accidents are becoming increasingly common. According to a 2021 report, 9% of all fatal accidents in America involved large trucks. Victims of these accidents often end up with severe injuries and even deaths. For this reason, the liable parties must be held accountable without delay.
So, if you or your loved one is involved in a truck accident, you should contact truck accident attorneys as soon as possible.
Bear in mind that dealing with truck accident claims can be a bit complicated compared to a typical passenger car accident. Some mistakes can jeopardize the success of your case. You must be aware of these mistakes so that you can avoid them.
Common Mistakes to Avoid in Your Truck Accident Claim
Failing to Document Your Damages
Lawsuits sometimes take forever to settle, and evidence can be lost if not properly documented. If you’re unable to do so because of your medical condition, have someone do it in your place. Any claim that is not documented can be questioned. Document as much information as you can.
Information you need to capture and document includes pictures and video footage of the scene, the weather, the date and time of the day, and so on. No matter how unusual the points are, you want to record as much as possible.
Not Contacting an Attorney in a Timely Fashion
Truck accident claims and lawsuits are a complicated legal process. For this reason, you need all the expertise and experience you can get. Although it is possible to handle your case on your own, it is not advisable. The defending trucking and insurance companies can be notoriously aggressive. A truck accident lawyer has the required resources and experience to help navigate the case. If the case gets to trial, the lawyer can advocate for you.
Not Getting Medical Evaluation
If you do not want the authenticity of your injury to be argued, you need to get medical attention immediately after an accident. Get medical attention, whether or not you feel the need to. By seeking immediate attention, the defendant will be unable to argue the validity and cause of your pain. The longer you delay seeking medical attention, the more you allow the defendants to reject liability for your injury.
Not Reporting the Accident Immediately
Depending on the jurisdiction, immediately notifying the police of the accident is an important requirement for any case. Inform the police immediately if an accident occurs. The police, in turn, prepare a report that contains critical evidence to help build your claim against the other party. Ultimately, the police report serves as proof that an accident occurred. Without it, defendants can argue otherwise or create the impression that the victim was also at fault.
Settling Your Claim Too Quickly
Most of the time, you will be presented with a settlement offer from the insurance company a few weeks after the accident. It is always in your best interest not to sign and accept it until it has been properly reviewed. Generally, the first offer most likely won’t offer full compensation for your damage and injuries. Allow your attorney to evaluate the true value of the claim and negotiate fair compensation.
Apologizing and Admitting Fault After an Accident
Statements you make after the accident can compromise your capacity to receive financial restitution for damages. Even if you feel you were partly at fault and responsible for the accident, keep that to yourself. The defendant can use such statements against you, the victim. Most of the time, this admission is purely emotional without fully comprehending the accident. Allow the investigation to determine who was at fault.