Being involved in a truck accident is often a traumatizing experience. Victims have to contend with emotional and physical trauma resulting from the injuries sustained. The memory of the crash may be engraved in the minds of those involved forever. And if not well addressed, the victim may develop stress and anxiety disorders from the trauma. Sometimes, the injured party may end up suffering more harm mentally than he or she would have suffered from physical injuries. In many cases, such victims develop post-traumatic disorders which require regular evaluation by experienced therapists. Of course, all of these come with a heavy financial burden.
If you or your loved one was injured in an 18-wheeler crash, you may be having a difficult time adjusting to the new normal. At Lone Star Injury Attorneys, our compassionate truck wreck lawyers understand the financial and psychological implications that arise from being involved in a tractor-trailer accident. Without a doubt, victims require help to meet their new needs. As expected, worker’s compensation or personal savings may not be always enough to cover all your bills. This is where a personal injury claim comes in. Luckily, you may obtain compensation for your injuries following a severe collision.
However, you must meet certain legal requirements for your claim. A small mistake can result in losing your rights to compensation, no matter how legitimate they are. Therefore, understanding the mistakes to avoid after a truck accident in Pearland is essential for the success of your legal case. These mistakes include but are not limited to leaving the scene of the crash, putting off medical treatment, failing to notify relevant parties, and failing to gather the contact evidence of the other parties.
You may think that it’s unnecessary to remain at the scene of the accident, especially if you received the other driver’s insurance information. However, leaving the scene of the crash may be a grave mistake after a collision with a large commercial vehicle. Not only is it legally required, but a call to the police also helps document the crash because the police report can be used later as evidence. The only time you are free to leave is when you need to seek medical treatment for your injuries. But if possible, you should have a friend or relative stay behind. Leaving the scene without calling the police will likely cause problems for your personal injury claim in the future.
You should never leave the police to collect all the information for you. Always note down some important information concerning the accident such as the time of the crash, type of vehicles involved, the severity of injuries sustained as well as:
When you meet with your attorney after the tractor-trailer crash, you should provide them with this information.
No matter how confident you feel that you will recover, if something feels off, you should always have a doctor evaluate you for any underlying injuries that you may not fully realize. Due to the sudden adrenaline rush after an accident, sometimes our bodies don’t feel the full pain immediately. Worse still, some injuries like internal organ damage or internal bleeding may feel painless but can be very serious. The only way to determine the extent of harm suffered is to seek immediate medical evaluation. Choosing not to get medical help can be detrimental to your health and the success of your truck wreck case.
For many motorists, calling the police after an accident is the last resort. They always try to negotiate with the parties involved to avoid having the police take over the case. But while negotiating with the other party may seem to be your easiest way out of a truck accident in Pearland, it may not be the best decision. You should always notify law enforcement about the crash. An officer may help determine fault, as well as make arrangements for the evacuation of the injured persons. Better still, the police report may be used when filing a claim for your injuries.
After a semi-truck crash, some motorists might choose not to notify their insurance company, but this is not the best decision. Regardless of whether you wish to seek compensation or not, informing your insurance company of the accident is always a smart idea. Doing so enables the insurer to document the incident for their records. Additionally, you should avoid speaking to the other person’s insurance company unless your attorney authorizes you to do so.
Contrary to popular belief, hiring a Pearland truck accident attorney is not an expensive undertaking. In fact, truck accident lawyers usually do not charge any fee upfront, but instead collect their attorneys’ fees from the settlement at the end of the case.
An experienced attorney may be your only key to justice. He or she understands the best legal course for a personal injury claim. Better still, working with an attorney increases your chances of recovering the most for your injuries.
Our firm can help you understand the common mistakes to avoid after a truck accident in Pearland. At Lone Star Injury Attorneys, we dedicate our time and finances to the success of each case that is brought to us. The good news about our attorneys is that they work on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning we only get paid after obtaining monetary compensation for your case. To retain our attorney for your truck accident case, please call our offices today for a free consultation.