My name is Arlene, and two years ago, I was involved in a car accident that wasn't my fault. I had some injuries that required a hospital stay, and I was unable to return to work for several weeks. I didn't know how I was going to pay my bills, and it was very stressful for me. My friend told me that I needed to hire an accident and personal injury attorney so I could recover my lost wages and medical costs. I was so glad that I hired the attorney, and my stress level immediately went down. Through the attorney, I was able to get a settlement, and I was no longer in financial trouble. I am writing this blog to let everyone know the importance of hiring an attorney after an accident. It's my wish that this blog will help others who are in similar situations.
Full size trucks are often larger than many cars on the road, but that doesn't mean that you can't be injured when you are in an accident while driving your pick-up. When you're involved in a truck accident that you did not cause, you're entitled to a financial settlement when you're injured. If you're hurt in a truck accident, avoid these common mistakes that can reduce the amount of your settlement:
Neglecting Your Medical Care
After a truck accident, it is essential to seek medical attention immediately, even if you're not visibly hurt. You may be in shock after being involved in a car accident, so injuries may not be apparent right away. Make an appointment with your doctor, and make sure you attend every follow up appointment while your insurance claim is being processed. This will ensure that you have through medical records that show the extent of your injury and the time it takes to heal. This information is very important when it comes to the size of your settlement.
Not Hiring an Attorney
Most people do not hire an attorney after being injured in a truck accident because they think it will be too expensive. In reality, most vehicle accident attorneys work on contingency so you don't have to pay anything out of your own pocket. It is in your best interest to contact an attorney, ideally an attorney who specializes in truck accidents, as soon as possible after you're hurt in an accident. Your attorney will be able to begin preparing your claim right away and guide you through the legal process until you actually receive your settlement. At the end of your case, your attorney will receive a percentage of the settlement as payment for services rendered.
Trusting the Other Driver's Insurance Company
Do not make the mistake of trusting the other driver's insurance company after you are injured in a truck accident. They do not have your best interest in mind, and they are not working on your behalf. The insurance company may try to contact you and request a written or verbal statement from you-- the best thing you can do is deny the request. After you hire an attorney, you should make it clear that the insurance company should contact him or her for any information regarding your claim. Your attorney will be able to provide any information that the other driver's insurance company needs on your behalf.