Checklist After Leaving the Truck Accident Scene
Dallas Truck Accident Attorney Doug Goyen has represented people who have been injured in 18 wheeler, truck accident injury, and other commercial vehicle collisions since 1997. We have settled thousands of auto accident injury cases, including a number of trucking companies for truck accident injuries. The checklist after leaving the truck accident scene will help you protect your rights. The accident attorneys at the Law Office of Doug Goyen provide experienced, aggressive, and powerful representation for our clients.
There are many similarities between dealing with a trucking collision involving injury and dealing with a regular passenger automobile injury collision, but there are some significant important differences. Contact a Truck accident attorney in Dallas to discuss your case. Call (972) 599 4100 for a free consultation.WHAT TO DO AFTER LEAVING THE TRUCK ACCIDENT
If you have been injured in a truck accident, the first thing you should do is contact an attorney who handles trucking and commercial vehicle accidents. Hire a law firm to deal with the trucking company and their insurance company.
Do not contact the insurance company. If you are injured in an accident, the insurance adjuster's job is to pay as little money for your claim as possible. If they have the option to deny a claim, they will. Insurance adjusters are taught how to gather information in order to deny claims. They ask questions in order to elicit responses in order to refute claims. Allow your attorney to handle the insurance company.
Seek medical attention for any injuries. If you were injured in your accident, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. We can help if you don't know what type of medical facility to go to or if you're unsure how to pay for medical care. We help people find medical facilities that treat truck accident injuries. We can help you find medical facilities that defer billing collections until insurance companies release injury funds.
Take pictures of any visible injuries. Bruising, cuts, scrapes, lacerations, and other visible injuries should be photographed. Bruises and cuts heal on their own. If you do not take pictures, the insurance company will not believe you have cuts and bruises; it is their responsibility to require proof for your claims.
Get your own auto repair estimate. Get a quote for your vehicle. Auto insurance companies issue estimates that are less than the actual damage. They would prefer to be on the lower end of the pay scale rather than the higher end. They end up paying less if you decide to keep the money instead of fixing the car. You must allow the insurance company to do their estimate, but you must also provide your own estimate in case of a dispute.
Rental Car. If you require a rental car, notify the rental company of the insurance claim. Most rental companies set up "direct bills" with insurance companies while your vehicle is being repaired.
Keep a record of your out-of-pocket expenses. Save any documents that show how much you paid or owe as a result of the accident. Save anything paid or owed that would not have happened if the accident had not occurred.
Be cautious about what you post on social media. Assume that whatever you post will be viewed by the trucking company or the insurance company and its lawyers. If they can, they will use any posts against your claims.
Hire a truck accident lawyer. Speak with an attorney about dealing with the trucking company's insurance company regarding your injury claim. Commercial insurance adjusters are trained to avoid paying claims whenever possible. They will look for anything you say to use as an excuse not to pay you. Insurance defense lawyers have trained adjusters to pattern their questions in order to lead you into saying things that they can later twist into language that you may not realize can be used against you later to deny your claim.
Don't rely on a commercial insurance claims adjuster. They are trained to avoid paying claims and will do everything in their power to keep you from receiving compensation for your injuries. Hire an attorney after leaving the truck accident. Your attorney will speak to the insurance company for you.
Call the Law Office of Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100. We will start working on your case today.
If you have been injured by a commercial truck, you should consult with a truck accident attorney in Dallas. To speak with our Dallas accident lawyer, call the Law Office of Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100. Call for a free phone consultation.
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