What To Do After A Truck Accident
A truck accident can be a scary, confusing, and painful experience. It can be difficult in the minutes, hours, and days after an accident to know what to do or who to talk to. The experienced and knowledgeable Nashville personal injury lawyers at Mitch Grissim & Associates understand how traumatic this type of accident can be and are here to help. Call the office or contact us today if you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident in the Nashville area to schedule a free consultation.
Contact Emergency Responders
The first step after a truck accident is to contact emergency responders about the crash. Provide as much detail as you can about the location of the accident and remain on the scene until they arrive. Once police arrive, give them your contact information and help them with whatever they need to fill out an accident report. An accident report can be critical evidence in a later personal injury claim.
Document the Scene
You should also take this time to document the scene of the accident. Take photos and videos of the accident, including the vehicle involved, the intersection, mile marker, exit ramps, or other identifier of location, the time of day, weather conditions, and anything else that may be relevant to a later case. You should also document the extent of your own injuries, and gather the contact information of any witnesses to the accident before you leave the scene.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention
After leaving the scene of a truck accident, the next step is to seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. This is important for two reasons: first, it allows medical professionals to properly diagnose and begin treatment for your injuries. There are some types of serious injuries, like internal bleeding, which do not present symptoms right away but do require medical attention.
Second, seeking immediate medical treatment creates contemporaneous medical documentation about the extent of your injuries right after they occurred. One of the most common methods of diminishing a personal injury case is for insurers to claim that the victim was not as hurt as they say. Contemporaneous medical documentation can eliminate these claims by insurers and help preserve the full and fair value of a case for an injury victim.
Talk to a Lawyer
Finally, it is important that you speak with an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer about your case. An attorney knows what your case is worth and will not let you settle for less. From the moment you hire a lawyer, all badgering calls from the insurers stop, and they must direct everything to your attorney. A lawyer can negotiate with the insurance companies, and if they refuse to settle for a fair amount, an attorney can take your case to trial.
Call or Contact Us Now
If you or someone you know has been injured in a Nashville truck accident, the skilled personal injury lawyers at Mitch Grissim & Associates are here to help. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a consultation.