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What to do If Your Loved One Is A Victim of An 18-Wheeler Accident

January 12, 2021
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We should all try and exercise caution on the road. Especially around large commercial vehicles. The sheer size and weight of them is nothing when compared to normal passenger vehicles. With that being said, sometimes no matter how cautious you are, you can’t always prevent a catastrophic collision. You can only control what you do, and there is no telling how negligent other drivers on the road can be. If you find that you or a loved one are in a collision with an 18-wheeler, you should consider what to do next carefully.

Medical Attention

Your first priority is the same as any other accident. Make sure everyone is okay. If someone has been injured, be sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Waiting to seek medical attention after an accident can lead to long-term health effects. That’s why it’s always a good idea to see a doctor after an accident, even if you feel fine. Sometimes a victim won’t notice the pain from an injury until days later.

Getting Information

Always be sure to get as much information as possible after the crash. It is essential for victims to obtain contact and insurance details from the other drivers involved. You should also be sure to gather as much evidence as possible before leaving the scene. Things such as taking pictures of the surrounding area and making note of any significant variable that might have played a part in the accident. If at all possible, obtain the contact information of any witnesses in the area. If there are any businesses nearby, you could approach them to see if they caught the collision on camera from their security system.

Getting a Lawyer

If you plan on filing a claim against the trucking company or the commercial vehicle driver, you should seek the help of an attorney. The aftermath of an 18-wheeler crash can be stressful. An experienced truck accident lawyer can help guide you through what steps to take, and ensure you get the maximum compensation you deserve. An experienced attorney can negotiate with the insurance firm, conduct any necessary investigations, prepare your claim and supporting documents, and collect and review your medical records in order to better help your case. Remember, your only damages are not limited to your medical bills. Loss in quality of life or lost wages are also significant damages. Your lawyer can help you get the full amount you’re entitled to under the law.

Insurance Company

As with any other auto accident, you should avoid speaking with the insurance company. The main goal of an insurance adjuster is to pay you as little as possible. Anything you say to them can be twisted to better help their case. Insurers are working against victims of crashes, not for them. That’s what personal injury attorneys are for. They are your representative to secure your interests. If the insurance company has any questions for you, they can speak to your attorney while you or your loved one is focused on recovery.

Injured in a Trucking Crash? Contact The Law Giant

If you’ve been injured in a trucking accident in Texas, reach out to Begum Law Group right away. We are well-versed in trucking accident insurance claims and can make sure you are being treated fairly by the liable party’s insurer. With offices in Laredo, Brownsville, and McAllen, The Begum Law Group can be sure to handle your case no matter where in Texas you live. To schedule a free, initial evaluation of your case, call (210) 921-2200 today, or reach out through the online form.

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