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What to Do After a Truck Accident

Few crashes are scarier and more potentially catastrophic than truck accidents. Whether you’re traveling in a passenger vehicle or on a bus or motorcycle, colliding with a truck can cause serious injuries, or even death. 

Although this is grave, the good news is that you could recover damages from the truck driver’s insurance company when they cause your injuries. 

Read on to learn more about what to do after a truck accident. If you’re ready to file a claim, let a San Diego truck accident lawyer at The Kindley Firm, APC review your case for free now. 

Steps to Take After a Truck Accident

Truck accidents can cause grave, life-changing injuries and damages. Sometimes, these injuries are so severe that the only thing on your mind is seeking immediate medical treatment. 

There are other accidents that cause injuries that you might be lucky enough to walk away from under your own power. Or, maybe your loved one is the one who suffered an accident and needs your help now. In either situation, there are some actions you need to take if you’re going to secure financial compensation from the parties responsible for the accident. 

Here are some things you can do to help your case after a truck accident, if you’re able:

  • Call 911 – Calling the authorities will allow you to send for an ambulance if necessary. Also, it fulfills the crucial step of creating a police incident report for the accident. These documents can come in handy later when you file your truck accident claim. Sometimes, police officers on the scene make a judgement of fault, which could also be vital. 
  • Make Physical Records of Everything – Exchange contact information with the responsible parties, and see if there were any nearby witnesses to the accident. Later, take footage of any injuries, property damages, road hazards, or relevant weather events. 
  • See a Doctor – Sometimes, you can be injured and not even realize it until later. But even if you’re not entirely sure whether you suffered an injury or not, going to see a doctor can be a crucial step. Doing so allows you to get treatment and also document your injuries in your official medical record.
  • Don’t Volunteer Information to the Insurance Company – As soon as you make a police report or report the crash to your own insurance, it’s likely that the army of lawyers and insurance adjusters from the other company will begin to reach out to you. 

Here, tread with caution—the insurance company is not on your side. That’s because every time they pay out a claim, they lose money. For that reason, the insurance adjusters may use anything you say to devalue your truck accident injury claim. 

  • Contact a Lawyer Before Accepting a Settlement – Another thing the insurance company might do is try to convince you to accept an early offer to settle. It might even hint that this offer is the best you’re going to get. However, the safe bet is to allow an experienced truck accident attorney to make that determination before accepting. Remember, if you take a low-ball deal, that’s it—you won’t be able to recover any further compensation for this accident. 

Call a Truck Accident Lawyer ASAP

Have you or a loved one suffered injuries in a truck accident? Don’t let the insurance company try to tell you what your deal is worth. An experienced truck accident lawyer from The Kindley Firm, APC can review your claim now, for free. 

Give us a call at 619-550-1313 or fill out the form below to get started now.

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