There are a variety of things you can do to protect your rights after a truck accident, such as:
- Seeking medical attention
- Documenting your losses
- Refraining from discussing your case online
- Refraining from giving a recorded statement
- Notifying the liable insurance company
- Calling the law firm of a truck accident lawyer
The steps you take in the days, weeks, and months after your crash could have a substantial impact on your ability to recover compensation. A lawyer from our firm can protect your rights in the aftermath of a collision. You may have a limited time to act, so you should consider your legal options as soon as possible.
Seek Medical Attention After Getting Hurt
If you suffered injuries in a truck accident, you should seek medical attention right away. This is true even if you believe your injuries to be relatively minor.
Some conditions can worsen shortly after an accident, making early medical care in your best interest. By seeking medical care right away, you can document your condition and connect it to the accident.
While undergoing treatment, you should keep track of:
- Your imaging scans
- Your lab test results
- The names of your healthcare providers and prescribed medications
- The length of your hospital stay
- Your treatment’s details
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Document Your Accident-Related Losses
When negotiating with the insurance company, you will first need to understand what counts as a fair settlement offer. By keeping track of your accident-related losses, you and your legal team will be prepared to negotiate with the insurer.
Keep documentation of the following:
- Your medical bills
- Your missed time from work
- The types of repairs your car needed (if it wasn’t totaled)
- Your daily pain levels
- Your physical therapy appointments
- Your day-to-day function
- What losses you can anticipate in the future
Your injuries may impede your ability to keep track of your losses. This is where our team can help you. We can keep records of your expenses and use the information to recover fair compensation.
Do Not Talk About Your Case Online
It is never in your best interest to discuss the specifics of your accident with anyone other than your legal team. This is especially true when it comes to sharing information online.
You do not want the claims adjuster to see your posts and use that information against you. While you do not need to delete your social media accounts altogether, you should refrain from sharing the following:
- Pictures of your accident, yourself, and your injuries
- Statuses or posts from your friends
- Comments about the at-fault party online
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Do Not Give the Claims Adjuster a Recorded Statement
The claims adjuster may ask you to give a recorded statement. Even if you are completely honest and limit the amount of information you share, the insurance representative may:
- Use software to edit your words out of context
- Ask you “loaded” questions
- Hyperfocus on one small detail that you share
- Downplay the severity of your injuries
- Use threatening or intimidating language
The insurance company is not on your side, and they will actively work to use your words against you.
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File Your Case as Soon as Possible
Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003 gives you two years from the date of your truck accident to file your lawsuit. However, when it comes to filing an insurance claim, your time to file could be even shorter.
Insurance companies want to know about accidents as soon as they happen. So, to protect your rights after a truck accident, you should file your claim promptly. Depending on your situation, the insurance company could represent:
- The truck’s driver
- The trucking company
- The truck’s manufacturer
- A government department
If these parties did not have insurance, you could also file a claim with your own insurance company, per the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI).
Call the Attorneys at Loncar Lyon Jenkins to Learn More About Your Rights
To protect your rights after a truck accident, call our law firm today. Our team has over 30 years of experience managing truck accident claims, and we are prepared to put this experience to work for you.
We can negotiate a settlement, file your insurance claim, and advise you on what measures could help your case. We can recover damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and other related expenses. Call in the Strong Arm to begin your free case review today.