The best thing you can do in the days after a wreck is to speak with a Tennessee trucking accident lawyer. Tennessee truck crash victims only have one year from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit, so it is important to get legal advice as soon as possible. Your attorney can determine if trucker negligence, maintenance problems, improper loading, or other trucking company failures led to your injuries, and send a spoliation letter to prevent the destruction of vital evidence.
Common Mistakes Victims Make After a Truck Crash
Unfortunately, victims often make simple missteps that have big consequences throughout the injury and recovery process. You should be wary of doing something that hurts your case:
- At the scene. Victims may be in shock and in significant pain after a crash, causing them to say things that can be used against them. Offering police more information than they ask for or saying “I’m sorry” can be misinterpreted as an admission of fault.
- During your recovery. Never attempt to “walk off” or delay treatment for injuries that were caused by someone else’s negligence. Failing to get prompt medical attention, skipping doctors’ appointments, or posting too much on social media can all impact the value of your insurance claim.
- When dealing with an insurance company. The trucking company’s insurance provider will do everything it can to pay you as little as possible for your claim. Never submit to a recorded statement when discussing the accident with insurance adjusters.
- Before you settle your case. If you accept a settlement from an insurer before you know the true value of your losses, you could lose the right to receive future compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, disability costs, and pain and suffering.
If you have suffered a serious injury in a trucking accident, our lawyers can discuss your next steps in your free initial consultation—and we do not collect anything unless we secure a recovery for you. To learn more about your claim, please fill out the short contact form on this page or download a free copy of our book, The 10 Worst Mistakes You Can Make With Your Tennessee Injury Case.