If you’ve been seriously injured in a truck accident, the steps you take right after the accident are crucially important. You will want to get both skilled medical attention and effective legal advice as quickly as possible in order to protect yourself. Be aware that the trucking companies and their insurance companies will often have their own investigators on the scene of the crash within hours, to gather evidence and secure witness statements that protect their interests.
At the Law Offices of Charles N. Rock, our truck accident lawyer will move quickly to put our clients in the best possible position to get fair compensation for their injuries. Contact us for a free initial consultation with experienced New York injury lawyer Charles Rock.
Get Medical Treatment and Legal Representation
Seeking necessary medical attention is the first thing you must do after an accident, making sure you make the fullest possible recovery. It also plays an important role in documenting the extent of your injuries for your legal claim.
After a truck accident, you should report any possible injury symptoms, no matter how minor they may seem at first, to your doctor. If you are able, take photographs of the crash scene, the vehicles involved in the crash, debris and any other relevant activity, including medevac, emergency medical services and witnesses present.
If you were involved in a catastrophic wreck, you were likely taken directly to the hospital. However, sometimes people are treated for obvious injuries such as fractures while other injuries such as closed head brain injuries go undiagnosed.
Another thing you should do is contact Charles Rock, a personal injury lawyer right away. Trucking companies have rapid response teams that typically start working within an hour of the crash to document their side of the story. Your own advocate needs to secure the evidence as soon as possible.
Only Talk to People With Your Interests at Heart
After a truck accident, you should be careful who you talk to about the circumstances of the accident. Do not sign any documents presented to you by anyone from the trucking company or their insurance company as trucking companies and their lawyers and insurance companies may try to get you to say things that they will later use against you. You should not speak to anyone other than:
- An injury attorney you have officially retained to represent you
- Your doctors and other medical providers
- Investigators hired by your attorney
- Police officers responding to the accident
There may also be reasons to talk to your own insurance carrier, but you should consult a lawyer before making any statements to anyone representing any insurance company. To learn more about the right steps to take after a truck accident, contact us our injury lawyer today. Serving Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Middletown, New Windsor, Poughkeepsie and surrounding New York communities.