Being involved in a commercial truck accident is a scary and stressful
experience. Many people are not prepared, and make decisions that put
their ability to seek compensation in jeopardy. After an accident, there
are several common mistakes you should avoid. Our firm has guided numerous
clients to successful financial solutions for injuries sustained in truck
accidents. We can discuss your options and provide informative legal guidance
from start to finish.
What are the top 5 mistakes people make after being involved in a truck accident?
Failing to seek medical attention. Many people, if they don’t feel pain, do not go to see a doctor after
an accident. However, if symptoms do appear at a later time and you try
to pursue compensation, the insurance company may say that your injuries
were not caused by the accident. By seeing a doctor as soon as possible
after an accident, you can make sure you don’t have soft tissue
injuries or other conditions that may not display symptoms for hours,
days, or even weeks after the accident. It is also important to request
copies of your medical records to provide evidence of the extent, nature,
and cost of your injuries.
Failing to gather evidence at the scene. If you are involved in a truck accident, it is important to begin gathering
evidence to build your case right away. You should take pictures of all
the damage to both vehicles, and write down the contact information of
witnesses. In addition, you can request a copy of the police report, and
write down everything you can remember about the accident, including the
time of day, road conditions, and order of events. By gathering evidence
right away, you can support your argument in court and help maximize the
amount of compensation you may be entitled to.
Settling with the insurance company immediately. Insurance adjusters may offer an initial settlement award in the hopes
of getting you to agree to a lesser amount than you deserve. In fact,
insurance companies often use many different tactics to pay the lowest
amount possible. It is important to remember that the insurance adjuster
is not your friend. Furthermore, if you take a settlement right away but
then suffer complications from your injuries, you will be unable to pursue
further compensation once you sign the agreement. Thus, it is important
to wait, seek medical attention, and obtain experienced representation
before accepting a settlement.
Waiting too long to file a claim. Different states have different time limits on personal injury claims.
This is known as the statute of limitations. In Michigan, the statute
of limitations for pursuing a personal injury claim for a truck accident
is 3 years. This means you have 3 years from the date of the accident
to file a lawsuit and seek a financial settlement. If you wait longer
than 3 years, you will most likely be unable to obtain compensation. This
statute of limitations applies to both personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.
Posting on social media about the details of the case. Anything you say on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other social media
platforms may be used against you by insurance adjusters. For example,
if you tell your friends and family that you are fine after being involved
in a truck accident, and then try to pursue compensation for injuries,
the insurance company may say that your injuries are not as bad as you
claim. Furthermore, if others post pictures of you having fun at a party,
and you are trying to obtain a settlement for emotional distress, the
insurance adjuster can use the social media posts against your argument.
Thus, it is important to stay off of social media, or to at least make
sure the privacy settings are at the highest level before letting your
friends and family know you are safe.
Seek a Favorable Outcome with the Help of Our Lawyers
With more than 75 years of combined legal experience, Goodman Acker P.C.
represents clients who have been injured in truck accidents. Our firm
works hard to meet the legal needs of each client. We can do our best
to tailor a unique and effective strategy for your case. Whatever your
situation, our Detroit truck accident attorneys can provide informative
and thorough representation.
Contact us today to schedule a free case review, and discuss your case with one of
our dedicated advocates.