How You Can Help Protect Your Own Interests
The injuries suffered in a truck accident can be life changing for the victim. Without warning, you can be facing huge medical bills, extended time away from work and a lengthy recovery period. Nobody plans to be injured in a serious accident, and it can be difficult to know what steps to take in order to get the help you need.
At the Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd, P.A., we represent clients in a wide variety of complex semi-truck accidents and 18-wheeler accidents. We understand how overwhelming it can be following a serious accident. Having a personal advocate in your corner as early on in the process as possible can help to take the burden of the legal issues off your shoulders and give you the ability to focus on your recovery.
Important Steps Following a Truck Accident
While every case is unique, the following collection of Dos and Don'ts may provide a better idea of what to do immediately following a truck accident.
- Do see a doctor as soon as possible. Seek medical attention for your injuries first. There is no greater priority following an accident.
- Do make note of the other party's comments. Write down anything the other person says, including apologies, excuses, complaints or accusations. You never know what could be important down the line.
- Do get the insurance information of the other person in the accident. Be sure to provide him or her with your information as well.
- Do contact your insurance company. Report the accident as soon as possible and give the most detailed report of what happened as you can.
- Do get witness contact information. While it may not be necessary to follow up with each person, it is good to have all the contact information you can get.
- Do take pictures. If possible, having photographs of the scene can be very helpful to your case. Skid marks, vehicle damage, traffic signals should all be photographed if you are able to get them.
- Do cooperate with police. Provide a complete and accurate statement, and answer all questions truthfully. You should also request a copy of the police report.
- Do not sign anything from the other driver's insurance company until it has been reviewed by your attorney. The company will try to get you to accept a lowball settlement offer that compromises your right to seek future care.
- Do not speak to the other driver's insurance company before you talk to a lawyer. Insurance company representatives are trained to ask questions in a way that elicits answers that could compromise your claim.
- Do not discuss the details of the accident with the other driver. Save those conversations for the police and your insurance company.
Discuss Your Case With a North Carolina Truck Accident Attorney
If you are unsure about what to do at any point following a truck accident, err on the side of caution and talk to an attorney. Our law firm offers a free initial consultation to all new clients. You can reach us by phone at 910-323-2555 or send us an e-mail to schedule an appointment.