After an Accident Involving a Large Truck
A car accident can leave you with many questions – but what happens when the collision involves a large truck? Who do you call? Do you handle it in the same way?
It’s important that you know your rights, especially if you’ve just been involved in a wreck. The initial shock can leave you feeling vulnerable and uncertain, and it’s at this time that insurance companies could try to deny you the compensation you deserve.
Before you do anything more, it’s highly advised that you speak with a legal professional – but not just any one. Trucking accidents involving big rigs are not the same as car accidents involving only passenger vehicles, and your lawyer should know the difference. More than that, he or she should have a successful track record defending victims of large trucking accidents.
The attorneys at Fried Goldberg devote over 95% of our practice to collisions involving large trucks and commercial vehicles. If you or a loved one are thinking about seeking legal assistance after a crash with a large truck, you’ve come to the right place.
What Steps To Take After a Truck Accident
A traumatic accident can leave you in shock, rendering slow reactions and foggy thinking. Consider the tips below as they are each equally important. Or download a copy of our printable checklist. If you have a question and don’t find an answer on this page, you can receive experienced, professional advice at no cost by contacting our team of truck accident attorneys at 877-591-1801. There is no obligation to hire us, and your consultation is confidential.
1. Seek medical attention immediately.
It is important to visit the doctors after an accident, even if no one seems seriously injured or if you feel fine. It’s true that some injuries don’t show physical or outward symptoms right away, but in reality, you could be suffering from severe internal damage. Having a medical professional assess your health will also help your attorney know how much compensation to ask for your injuries, if there are any.
Keep record of all medical expenses, including:
- Emergency responder records;
- Emergency room and hospital costs;
- Aftercare documentation, including physical therapy
2. Do not give a statement or speak with the other party’s insurance company.
This is critical, since anything you say or share could later be used against you and significantly hurt your case. At times, insurance adjusters may contact you or even show up to the scene of the wreck to try and gather information from you. They may seem friendly, but they are actually looking out for their own bottom line. It’s important that you do not sign anything or discuss the wreck with anyone without your attorney present.
3. File a police report and obtain a copy.
4. Report the crash to your insurance company.
Do not sign anything or give a written statement regarding the collision without seeking legal advice first. With this, it’s best to simply give the information that is listed on the police report, and you are under no obligation to discuss other details. If they ask for more information, you may let them know that you are retaining a lawyer and you will have your attorney get in touch with them.
5. Stay off social media.
As a general rule, stay off all social media and don’t share photos – even of your daily life apart from the accident. In a day where internet users can screenshot just about anything and nothing is actually private on the internet, it is possible for any bit of information to be used against you. It’s recommended that you don’t use social media until you discuss your case with your attorney.
6. Take enough pictures of the scene,
Document the scene of the accident including damage to your vehicle and your injuries. In any way that you can, document the scene as-is and if need be, return to the scene to recount the events with your attorney. Photos are especially effective when supporting your case, as well as names and witness testimonies. It’s also best to write down your own account of what happened as soon as possible. Any and all documentation is helpful.
7. Retain an experienced truck accident attorney.
This may actually be one of the first things you do, since a skilled attorney can guide you through the accident investigation and the rest of the steps to take after the collision. Let us be on your side, and contact an experienced trucking attorney at Fried Goldberg. You can be certain that the trucking company involved will have a legal team in action to mitigate their own losses immediately following the accident.
8. Save any documentation of accident-related costs.
You’ll want to give these to your attorney, as they may be factored into your final compensation amount.
Contact the Truck Accident Attorneys
Dealing with an accident can be overwhelming, and contacting a competent lawyer can be the most pivotal step you take in your recovery. At Fried Goldberg, we are no strangers to trucking accident litigation, and we partner with top experts in the medical field to help you get the treatment you need. Call us today and speak with one of our experienced attorneys – we are ready to help you get your life back on track.
The Truck Accident Attorneys
The Truck Accident Attorneys at Fried Goldberg LLC devote at least 75% of their caseload to representing the victims of accidents involving tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. Our extensive experience with the laws governing the trucking industry is the reason we are routinely successful at taking on trucking companies when someone is seriously injured.
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The Truck Accident Attorneys
The Truck Accident Attorneys at Fried Goldberg LLC devote at least 95% of their caseload to representing the victims of accidents involving tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. Our extensive experience with the laws governing the trucking industry is the reason we are routinely successful at taking on trucking companies when someone is seriously injured.
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