Five Costly Mistakes You Need To Avoid After A Florida Truck Accident
Fortunately, if you suffer injuries in a Florida truck accident because of another party’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation. However, to ensure you recover your compensation after a truck accident, you must avoid making certain mistakes. Below, we have highlighted five errors that could make it difficult for you to recover compensation after a truck accident.
Mistake #1: Not Calling the Police
It is crucial for you to call the police after a truck accident. The police report can prove immensely helpful in your case. For example, the crash report may provide the police officer’s opinion on who struck you, how they struck you, and why they struck you (i.e. distracted, on phone, a bug flew in the truck, etc.) The police report may also include other helpful information such as witnesses’ contact information and statements, the exact location of the mile marker (which may be useful to locate gauge marks or tire tread) or a defective light.
Mistake #2: Failing To Obtain Prompt Medical Treatment
You need to see a doctor as soon as you can if you suffer injuries in a truck accident. Even if you do not feel like you are seriously injured after a truck accident, you should still see a doctor. Some truck accident injuries take time to develop, and so you might find that you are more seriously hurt than you realized. Additionally, the insurance company might use your failure to seek prompt medical treatment against you. For instance, the insurance company might argue that you failed to seek immediate medical attention because your injuries are not as severe as you claim.
Mistake #3: Providing the Insurance Company With a Recorded Statement
Under Florida law, you are not required to provide the insurance company with a recorded statement after an accident. Therefore, if, for example, the trucking company’s insurance company calls you and asks you to provide a written statement, know that you don’t have to provide such a statement. In fact, it would be a big mistake if you agreed to give a recorded statement. A recorded statement can be used against you later. Insurance companies are known to misinterpret statements and use them against claimants. Always speak with an attorney before speaking with the trucking company.
Mistake #4: Failing To Keep Track of Accident-Related Expenses
It is vital that you keep track of all your accident-related expenses, especially if you plan on filing a claim. If you do not keep track of your truck accident-related expenses, such as medical expenses, you might have a hard time determining the financial losses you incurred because of the truck accident.
Mistake #5: Failing To Hire a Florida Truck Accident Attorney
One of the biggest mistakes you can make after a Florida truck accident is failing to hire an experienced attorney. Truck accident cases are not like other cases. These cases can be complicated. Also, often, multiple parties are liable for the accident. An attorney can help you handle the complexities that come with truck accident cases and hold multiple parties responsible (if applicable in your situation).
Contact a Delray Beach Truck Accident Lawyer
If you need more information on the mistakes you need to avoid after a Florida truck accident or help with your Florida truck accident case, contact our experienced Delray Beach truck accident lawyers at Lyons & Snyder. We can provide you with the information you need or help you hold an at-fault party or at-fault parties liable and recover the compensation you deserve.