Truck accidents frequently result in severe bodily injuries for the motorists who are struck by the commercial vehicle. Therefore, the steps you take after a truck crash are important. This is especially true if you are shouldering the financial cost of your medical treatment. A personal injury attorney from our firm can help you fight for the compensation you are entitled to recover.
In the moments after a truck accident, your first step should be to assess the condition of everyone in the vehicle with you. If you or a passenger has suffered a physical injury, it is essential to seek medical treatment right away. This is true even if you feel your injuries are relatively minor and likely to heal on their own.
Seeking medical treatment is vital for both your physical health and the health of your injury claim. By tending to your injuries right away, you could prevent your condition from worsening. You have a duty to mitigate your losses following a truck accident. By seeing a doctor and following their advice, you build the foundation of a solid personal injury claim.
You are required by law to report an accident to law enforcement if it involves bodily injuries or significant property damage. Contacting the police is beneficial because they appear at the scenes of these accidents and are tasked with filing a written report. This police report is an essential tool for a truck accident lawyer in Los Angeles, as it provides helpful contact information for witnesses, as well as an objective, third party narrative of what happened.
It is not in your best interest to freely discuss your claim with other people. This begins with not speaking at length with the truck driver at the scene of the crash. Some degree of communication with them is indeed necessary. After all, you will need the applicable insurance information from them or their employer. However, any other discussion should be limited to those basic facts. Anything you say could ultimately be used as evidence at trial. The truck driver could misconstrue something you said at the scene or take it out of context. This, in turn, makes the job of your Los Angeles truck accident attorney more difficult.
Likewise, you should never discuss your case with the truck driver’s employer or insurance company. Insurance companies are infamous for looking for excuses to deny a claim. Our firm will be your point of contact with all insurance companies, ensuring you do not have to deal with them directly.
Last but not least, you should always contact a lawyer following a truck accident. There are numerous reasons why you should hire a lawyer. From negotiating a settlement to investigating the minute details of your case, an attorney from our firm is ready to help. Contact Salamati Law right away for your free consultation.