What Steps Should I Take after an Truck Accident?
Have you been involved in a serious truck accident in North Carolina? If so, it is important to follow a few simple steps in the aftermath of a collision—as your ability to recover the amount of compensation that you deserve could otherwise be jeopardized. Even if the other driver was undeniably at fault for the accident, and the injuries that you subsequently sustained, their insurance provider will likely attempt to manipulate the facts of your case in a way that is favorable to their defense and/or persuade you to take their initial settlement offer.
Although they have to handle the case in a legally legitimate way, insurance adjusters are capable of utilizing manipulative tactics, as their only goal is to pay you as little money as possible. For this reason, it is important to make sure that you are protected throughout the entire process. In order to do so, you must remember to take the right steps immediately following an accident.
Don’t Admit Fault to Insurance Companies
First and foremost, you should never take the blame for anything when speaking to the other party or their insurance company—even if you believe that the other driver was unquestionably at fault for causing the accident. Doing so could prove to be detrimental to your case later on, as they may take this admission to mean that you have contributed to causing your own injuries. In order to prevent this from happening, it is highly advised that you avoid saying anything at all without first consulting an experienced attorney.
An insurance adjuster may begin calling you at home immediately after the accident, but it is within your rights to deny giving a statement. They may act like they understand what you are going through, and possibly even offer to cover the cost of any medical treatment that you have undergone, but it may be in your best interest to hold off on accepting any initial offers before you have the chance to explore your options with a legal professional.
Don’t Forget to Take Pictures of the Damage
Secondly, you should always take pictures of the physical damage that was done to both vehicles after a collision. Even if you do not have a camera readily available, make sure to snap a few quick photos with your cell phone. In doing so, you can keep this evidence for your own records and safeguard yourself from the possibility of being defenseless to false allegations from the other party.
Similarly, speaking to any witnesses can be an invaluable tool in determining liability. For this reason, you should not hesitate to collect the contact information of anyone that was present during the incident. Finally, it is imperative that you seek medical attention as soon as possible—regardless of how minor you think your injuries may be—as your health is the top priority after a serious auto collision. In doing so, you will also have a comprehensive, and likely undisputable, record of all physical damage that was done to your person in the accident.
Contact an Attorney for Help
We understand how traumatic of an experience an auto accident can be, especially if you have been severely injured at the hands of a negligent driver, but it is crucial that you stay calm and take the right steps in the aftermath so that you are able to recover the amount of compensation that you deserve. Fortunately, you do not have to endure the process alone.
By consulting a knowledgeable lawyer from our firm as soon as possible, we can make sure that your rights are protected and that you are not bullied around by an insurance adjuster. Call today for further information about how Whitley Law Firm can help.