A truck accident can change your life. Although truck accidents are extremely stressful and can be traumatic, the things that you do right after your accident can significantly affect your case. At John Foy & Associates, our Atlanta truck accident attorneys recommend that you take three specific steps after the accident that will not only help you with your legal claim, but it will also help you recover after the collision.
These steps include:
- Following all treatment recommendations from your doctor
- Being your own advocate and gathering evidence after the truck accident, and
- Getting in-depth legal answers before you accept any offer from the insurance company, or give them a recorded statement
Below, we’ll go through each of these steps in depth.
#1 Get medical attention and follow up on treatment recommendations
You should also seek medical help after a truck accident. Because truck accidents are often severe, it may seem obvious that you should go to the hospital. But, acute medical emergencies may not always be visible. For example, you may not realize until hours or even days later that you or a loved one have a head injury after your crash. Internal damage, such as internal bruising and bleeding, can be life-threatening, but you may not notice it right away. Always see a doctor after an accident.
Your medical treatment often should not stop with the initial assessment. You need to follow up with recommended medical care as well, including:
- Follow up appointments
- Physical therapy
- Surgeries and more invasive treatment
- Counseling and any psychological treatment
Getting the recommended treatment after a truck accident will not only be good for your health, but it will also be helpful for your legal case as well. By getting the treatment that your doctor recommends, you are showing the insurance company, judge, or jury that you are truly injured or hurt and that you are committed to making a full recovery. It also gives a helpful timeline of your treatment and care that you present as part of your case as well.
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#2 Gather evidence and information
Getting information about the truck driver and the trucking company will be very helpful to your case. You will need this information to start any legal action. Just like a regular car accident, you should talk with the other driver after a crash to get information that includes:
- Name and contact information
- Driver’s license number
- Insurance information or trucking company information
Be sure to also follow up with any witnesses from the accident as well. These people will provide helpful insights on what they saw and heard just before the collision, which can be very helpful to prove fault in your case.
Your truck accident attorney will be able to help you with this process. Because truck accidents are often very severe, you may not be able to get this information at the scene of the crash. In many cases, you should be focused on getting medical care right away.
#3 Get an attorney who has experience with truck accident cases.
Truck accident cases are unique. They often involve serious injuries, large amounts of property damage, and unique laws that only apply to truck accidents. You need an attorney who has experience with truck accident cases—not just passenger vehicle crashes. Legal counsel who knows truck accidents will be able to help you with:
- Gathering evidence unique to truck accidents like driver logs and GPS data
- Talking to witnesses
- Determining whether a truck driver is complying with federal and state trucking laws
- Negotiating with an insurance company or trucking business
- Getting you appointments with the type of medical professionals that you need for your legal case
Our Atlanta Attorneys Can Help You After Your Truck Accident — for FREE
John Foy & Associates has over 20 years of experience helping truck accident victims like you. We want to put that experience and knowledge to work for you to get you the money damages that you need to recover as much as possible after a truck accident. That’s why we offer a FREE consultation to those injured in truck accidents. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to the right to get your free consultation today.