Few people are prepared for the fright and stress of being involved in a serious tractor trailer accident in Virginia. Unfortunately for most motorists, these accidents can be very serious and result in significant injuries, extensive property damage and sometimes death. As you try to recover from the shock of a serious truck crash, there are a few steps you can take to make sure that you don’t ruin your case before it begins.
4 Ways to Avoid Ruining Your Tractor Trailer Injury Case
- Obtain prompt medical attention. This may seem obvious – after you have been involved in a serious truck accident, you must seek medical attention for your injuries as soon as possible. Not only is this in your own best interest, but it is also necessary to confirm that the damage you suffered as a result of the accident is properly documented. If you try to “tough it out” and ignore your injuries, not only could you do long term damage to your health but you could have waited too long and lost any chance of being successful in your case.
- Don’t exaggerate or lie about your injuries. Some people with legitimate injuries feel the need to embellish the extent or details of their injuries. Please avoid this temptation. If you have real, serious injuries as a result of your tractor trailer accident, then all you need to do is be honest about it. Exaggerating or lying about how you were hurt will only damage your case when the truth comes out – nobody will know what to believe and you won’t be considered trustworthy. Keep in mind that the truck company and insurance company are hoping you’ll do something foolish like this – don’t give them the satisfaction.
- Don’t give too much information to the insurance company. It is human nature to be helpful. However, if you provide too much information and too many details to the insurance adjuster trying to settle your case, you could end up with less than you deserve for your injuries. No matter how friendly they seem, remember that insurance adjusters do everything in their power to save money for the company they work for. They are looking for ways to lower your payout, and if you talk to much they might just find the excuse they need to do so.
- Be completely honest with your own lawyer. While you should be wary with the insurance company or anyone from the other side who tries to speak with you, you need to take the opposite approach with your own lawyer. Remember, we are here to help you and make sure you receive the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. No matter how strange or embarrassing the questions we ask you, it is imperative that you answer them honestly. Don’t worry about surprising us – we’ve heard it all. If you aren’t honest with us, it is possible that the other side could catch us off guard and ruin your case.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a serious truck accident in the Norfolk or Virginia Beach area, you may be looking for an experienced attorney. Please contact the personal injury attorneys at Tavss Fletcher to discuss your tractor trailer accident injury case for no fee and absolutely no obligation.
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