If you were hurt in a truck accident, you deserve to be fully compensated for your injuries. Avoiding common mistakes in the aftermath of an accident can help strengthen your case.
Don’t Make These Mistakes After a Truck Accident
After a truck accident, you want as strong a case as possible to prove fault, so you can recover maximum damages. Make sure you don’t make these common missteps:
- Failing to call the police. It’s important to call the police after a truck accident. A police report can be helpful in proving fault in a truck accident. The report may provide the officer’s opinion of how the accident took place and who was responsible. The insurance companies will use this report when evaluating your claim. Be sure to review the police report yourself to ensure that it is accurate.
- Waiting to get medical treatment. If you put off medical treatment after an accident, insurance companies will use this delay to argue that your injuries aren’t as severe as you say and attempt to de-value your claim.
- Failing to take pictures of the accident scene. If you have serious injuries, you might not be able to take photos of the crash site; however, if possible, take pictures of the damaged vehicles, any road signs, road markings, and skid marks, as well as anything else relevant to the crash. Don’t assume that the police will take these photos.
- Talking to anyone other than your lawyer about what happened. This includes giving a recorded statement to the insurance company. Anything you say could be misconstrued and used against you later, and it may hurt your case and the amount of damages you recover. Additionally, don’t write about the accident or post photos on social media.
- Underestimating the insurance company. The goal of the insurance company is to pay out as little as possible, and they will fight to lower the value of your claim. An experienced personal injury attorney understands the tactics used by insurance companies and can help you obtain fair compensation.
- Resisting legal representation. Truck accidents are complicated, and often there are several parties that could be liable for the crash. It is essential to have an attorney who understands the various people or companies who might be at fault.
If you’ve been injured in a Florida truck accident, attorney Coy H. Browning may be able to help. A former Florida State Trooper, Mr. Browning has experience investigating crashes, and he will work to get you a fair recovery. Call today for a consultation.