What to Do After a Semi-Truck Accident

Vehicle accidents can be scary no matter how severe. When a semi-truck or other very large vehicle is involved, it can be even more intimidating. In most cases, these accidents come as the result of negligence on the part of the semi-truck driver, or on the part of someone who was responsible for ensuring the cargo was properly loaded. Because of this, the victims in the other car are most often entitled to compensation.

Despite this fact, a check doesn’t immediately get paid out to the other vehicle after one of these accidents. Instead, the insurer of the large truck will try to trip up the victim and get a much lower payout. With some quick tips, you can avoid this type of trickery.

Never Apologize

While it may seem like good manners to say you are sorry and immediately check on the other driver, it could lead to trouble down the road. This can be interpreted as an admission of guilt rather than being polite. After the accident, you can be polite to the other driver and exchange information, but try to avoid saying anything that could imply you are guilty.

Seek Medical Attention Immediately

If you don’t immediately get medical attention and it is later found that you have a condition in which you are entitled compensation, the insurer will try to make it look like you would have gotten immediate medical attention if the injury were true. Even if you feel fine, it makes good sense to see a doctor. Even further, many soft tissue injuries cannot be felt right away due to the nature of the injury and the shock of being in a collision.

Be Wary of Social Media Usage

While you may want to show your Instagram followers the wreckage of such an accident, they can impact how your lawsuit will pan out. Even more concerning, if you post images of working out or traveling when you are making a claim of injury, it can be used against you in court or affect how much you are offered in a settlement.

Most importantly, it pays to have an experienced attorney on your side. At Wallace Law, we understand how different actions and words can impact the outcome of a case. Contact our attorneys today to find out how we can help.