What To Do If You’ve Been Involved In A Truck Accident
The unfortunate reality that truck accident victims face when seeking compensation is that in litigation, the truth only matters to the extent that you can prove it. When it comes to proving it, the actions that you take in the immediate aftermath of a truck accident can influence the success or failure of your claim. The New Jersey truck accident lawyers at Lomurro Law stand ready to guide you about the complexities of the New Jersey civil compensation system.
What To Do At The Scene Of The Accident
If you are seriously injured in a truck accident, of course, you may not even be conscious at the scene. If, however, you still have your wits about you, try to take the following steps:
- Call 911.
- Gather contact details of all witnesses.
- Photograph the scene of the accident and the damage to your vehicle.
- Collect the contact and insurance details of the other driver(s) in the accident.
- Seek medical attention immediately, even if you don’t think you were seriously injured.
The last step is the most important. The seriousness of certain injuries, such as whiplash and certain brain injuries, often don’t become apparent until later. If you wait until you experience symptoms to seek medical attention, the defendant could claim that the accident wasn’t the cause of your injuries.
What To Do Over The Next Few Days
To the extent that you are capable, over the next few days, you should:
- Request a copy of the police report.
- Follow medical instructions to the letter.
- Keep a daily record of your medical condition, including how much pain you experience.
- Freeze your social media accounts or put them on maximum security and refuse to accept new friend requests.
- Contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer.
One thing you shouldn’t do is talk to the potential defendant’s insurance company. Get a lawyer first, and tell the insurance company to contact your lawyer from then on.
Dealing With The Insurance Company
The short advice on dealing with an insurance company is – don’t. Instead, let our skilled New Jersey truck accident lawyers do it for you. Insurance companies are businesses, not charities, and they don’t make money by paying out accident claims. Don’t be fooled into thinking they are your “good neighbor.” They aren’t – they are your adversary. They know that, and you should too.
The First Decision You Make In Your Case Might Be The Most Important One, So Contact Us Today
Your choice of which law firm to represent you could make or break your case. If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, you are likely to be entitled to far more than mere reimbursement for your medical bills. Nevertheless, you are going to need professional assistance to maximize the amount of your compensation. At Lomurro Law, our New Jersey truck accident attorneys have been fighting for the rights of victims just like you for decades. Contact us by calling 732-482-9285 or by filling out our online contact form to arrange for a free consultation. Our main office is conveniently located in Freehold, and we also offer consultations by videoconference.