Four Common Mistakes to Avoid After a Commercial Truck Accident
Large trucking companies have a legal responsibility to operate with the highest level of public safety in mind. Unfortunately, truck accidents remain far too common. According to data included in the Florida Traffic Crash Facts, 31,605 large truck commercial truck accidents were reported in the state in 2018 alone.
Truck accident victims need financial compensation to pay their bills and support their family. To get a full and fair settlement, you need to know how to navigate the legal claims process. There are many common mistakes that must be avoided. Here, our Miami truck accident lawyers highlight four errors that could make it more difficult for you to recover financial compensation after a crash.
- Failing to Seek Immediate Medical Treatment
If you were injured in any type of motor vehicle accident in South Florida, you need to see a doctor. Many common truck accident injuries are slow to develop—you may be more seriously hurt than you realized. In addition, failure to seek immediate medical treatment could be used as a justification to deny or undervalue your claim. See a qualified physician as soon as possible after a crash.
- Losing Access to Important Evidence
Serious truck accident should always be investigated by an attorney. To bring a personal injury claim against a trucking company (or any other defendant), injured victims need well-organized supporting evidence. Without a proactive effort, it is easy to lose evidence in the aftermath of a truck accident.
- Providing a Recorded Statement to the Insurance Company
You may receive a phone call from a representative of the trucking company’s commercial insurance carrier shortly after a wreck. The insurance company is not on your side. The insurance adjuster may ask you to give a recorded statement. Please know that you are not required to do so by Florida law. You have a right to take your time to recover and consult with an attorney before talking to an insurance adjuster.
- Settling Your Personal Injury Case for Less
Most people want to get through the personal injury claims process as quickly and easily as possible. It is normal to want to put a serious truck accident behind you so that you can move forward with your life. At the same time, you cannot rush through the legal process. Do not agree to settle your truck accident injury claim for less than the full value of your damages. An experienced Florida truck accident lawyer will help you recover the compensation that you rightfully deserve.
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At Pike & Lustig, LLP, our Florida truck accident attorneys know how to hold corporations and insurance carriers accountable for paying claims. If you or someone you know was injured in a crash with a tractor trailer, we are more than ready to protect your rights. Contact us today to set up a free review of your case. We represent injured victims throughout all of South Florida, including in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Martin Counties.