Truck accidents are some of the most severe types of accidents on the road. There are thousands of trucks on our Houston highways every day. With so many big rigs on the road, it is possible that you might get into an accident with one of them at one time or another. According to the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), there are more than 500,000 truck accidents a year in the U.S.
When an accident occurs; the negligent driver can be held responsible for your damages. Damages include your medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and money for pain and suffering.
The following are some essential tips to consider before you file your truck accident claim. If you were hurt in an accident with a big rig, you need help from a reputable Houston truck accident attorney.
Be Careful When You Talk to Insurance Representatives
The truck driver’s insurance company will frequently contact you for a statement following a crash. Remember that the insurance representative is not your friend, no matter how compassionate he or she may seem. The insurance company will record your conversations and may try to twist your words. What you say can be used against you later. Do not talk to the insurance company before you discuss the matter with an the best Houston truck accident attorney you can find.
See a Doctor Immediately
You may be tempted to wait to visit the doctor because you are not sure if you are hurt. Delay can be a mistake. When you are injured, it is always best to visit the emergency room or your physician as soon after the accident as possible. When you wait too long to seek treatment, it will be more challenging to prove that the crash caused your injuries. Make sure that you tell the doctor how the injuries happened and do not get treatment for pre-existing conditions at the same time. You can be sure the insurance company for the trucker will find issues with any medical care, especially when there is a delay or gaps in treatment. Always follow your doctor’s orders.
Do Not Accept a Low Settlement
The insurance company wants to settle a matter that they would expect to lose in court for as little as possible. They may even send you a settlement check. Settling early can be tempting because you are probably facing a lot of medical bills and other expenses. However, be aware that in many instances, the first offer is not the final offer. If you cash the check or agree to a settlement, you may waive your ability to file a lawsuit. Therefore, be wary of settlement offers and speak to an attorney first.
Truck accident claims are often more complicated than other types of accidents. It is helpful to seek guidance from a Houston truck accident attorney to guide you through the process. Your lawyer will handle everything related to your case and will reduce the stress and anxiety that you have due to the accident. You can concentrate on healing from your injuries while your lawyer works to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
We will work to negotiate a settlement or take the matter to court on cases we accept. We have helped our clients get millions of dollars in settlements, and we may be able to help you, too.
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