The Do’s and Don’ts of Building a Truck Accident Claim
Due to their immense size and weight, an 18-wheeler can cause considerable damage in a wreck. Victims often suffer catastrophic injuries, forced to fork out thousands of dollars for medical expenses and other unanticipated losses.
If you were injured in a truck accident, you may be wondering what you can do to give your personal injury claim the best possible chances of success. In this article, we share our do’s (and don’ts) for building a personal injury case in the aftermath of a collision:
1. Do Gather Evidence at the Scene
To recover compensation for your medical bills, repairs, and other losses, you will need to show that the other party/parties involved were responsible for causing the wreck. As such, it’s important to gather proof at the scene as much of this evidence can disappear within a few days.
For instance, surveillance camera footage can show exactly what happened at the moment of impact, but these recordings are routinely erased. Additionally, eyewitnesses could help corroborate your version of events, but memories can fade within a few days.
2. Don’t Discuss the Accident Online
Social media has become a place to share life’s highlights and lowlights. As such, you might be tempted to log onto Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to post about the accident. However, your comments, reviews, and even pictures could give the insurer all the ammunition they need to deny your claim.
For example, your posts could be misrepresented to make it seem like you are admitting fault for causing the wreck. Alternatively, images of yourself that you upload to these platforms could be used to argue that your injuries aren’t as serious as you claim. In most scenarios, it’s best to disable your profiles for the duration of proceedings.
3. Do Track Your Damages Carefully
From bills for repairs to invoices for your treatment, you should compile any documentation related to your post-accident expenses in a safe place. You will need access to this paperwork to demonstrate the costs you’ve incurred to recover compensation for your losses.
4. Don’t Deviate from Your Treatment Plan
If your doctor has instructed you to take time off work, perform specific stretches, or avoid physical activity, you should never go against their orders. Deviating from your treatment plan could lead to disputes over failure to mitigate damages, potentially leaving you on the hook for some of your accident-related costs. Ignoring their orders could also cause your condition to worsen, resulting in additional health complications and medical expenses.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney
Were you hurt in an accident involving an 18-wheeler or any other type of commercial vehicle? It may be in your best interests to discuss your case with a skilled personal injury lawyer. At Maier Gutierrez & Associates, we can assess your claim as part of a free consultation. Dial 702-629-7900 or head over to our contact page HERE to request a case review with a Las Vegas truck accident attorney.