Large commercial vehicles such as trucks can be highly destructive in the event of an accident. To minimize the expense of damages and injuries caused by a commercial truck, it's important to respond promptly and appropriately to accidents.
The following are six mistakes to avoid after a commercial truck accident to handle the situation appropriately and make sure that all parties involved are compensated appropriately for damages:
1. Neglecting to seek medical treatment right away for injuries
Commercial truck accidents may involve severe injury for some of the involved parties. Anyone experiencing an injury after such an accident should seek treatment right away.
Seeking medical treatment promptly is not only important for healing properly. It's also important for defending your case when you are trying to get compensation for injuries suffered after an accident involving a commercial truck.
You need to show that you've done your part to treat your condition and followed through with all treatment recommendations of your doctor.
2. Failing to report the crash promptly
It's always a good idea to report a crash to the authorities, especially if a crash involves a commercial truck. When you report the crash, police can come to the scene to mediate the situation. The police report they write up could be helpful to you in your commercial truck accident case.
3. Forgetting to exchange information with any involved parties
It's important that you exchange information regarding the contact and insurance details with all of the parties involved in the accident.
Your insurance company will need to be in contact with other insurance companies involved to resolve issues like who is at fault and which insurance company is liable for damages.
4. Being careless in your speech
Anyone involved in a commercial truck accident should watch what they say. You should refrain from using any language that sounds apologetic. Such language could be perceived as an admission of fault down the road.
5. Not making contact with potential witnesses
It's a good idea to make contact with witnesses at the scene of the accident. Anyone who saw the accident might be able to support your assertions in your case regarding what happened and who was the responsible party in the accident.
6. Not notifying your insurance company promptly
The sooner you notify your insurance company about what happened, the sooner your insurance company can get to work resolving your case. Contact your insurance company right away, and your insurance company can let you know how you can assist the investigation of the incident in your favor.
To learn more, contact your local commercial vehicle accident attorney.