Although you may assume that crashes with semi-trucks and the insurance claims that follow with are similar to other vehicles on the road, they are actually very different. Unlike other vehicles, commercial trucks must follow the standards of the rules and regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which dictate commercial driver’s licenses and truck maintenance, among other things. Their insurance policies are usually worth more, causing insurance carriers to do anything they can to escape liability. Also, the injuries and damages that arise from trucking accidents are typically more severe.
For all of these reasons and more, it is essential to have a personal injury lawyer who is well-versed in representing victims of commercial truck accidents. An attorney can help you in dealing with your injuries after the crash and in seeking the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.
Get Medical Attention
If you are not taken to the emergency room via ambulance after your truck accident, you should consider having someone else take you. If you do not feel that your injuries are severe enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room, go to an urgent care or see your own doctor as soon as possible. While some injuries after a crash may not reveal themselves for days or weeks to come, it is crucial that your injuries get documented as soon as possible.
Now is not the time to downplay your pain and play tough. Medical professionals must document your injuries and pain associated with the accident along with a diagnosis and what was done to aid your recovery, or the insurance company will see it as though the injury never even happened.
How to Deal with Your Injuries to Improve Your Case
How you deal with your injuries after a crash with a big rig can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. Keep in mind that the insurance company for the truck driver will have access to your medical records. Your personal injury attorney can also provide them with additional evidence showing the extent of your injuries and their impact on your life. You should be sure that you:
- Have all of your injuries and complaints documented in your medical record, especially in the emergency room
- Keep copies of your medical records, bills, and any other documentation given to you by the hospital or medical providers
- Follow the advice of your doctors and other medical professionals, if you do not the insurance company might be led to believe that your injuries are not as serious as they seem
- Take pictures of your injuries such as swelling, bruises or cuts, as well as anything medical treatments needed such as stitches, casts, and braces
After a Truck Accident, Turn to a Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Who Can Help
Just as you need doctors and other healthcare professionals for your injuries after an accident, you need an experienced personal injury attorney to help you recover financially from your injuries and property damage. Injured individuals who hire an attorney often receive higher settlements than those who do not. Let our team go to work protecting your rights.
For your free no-obligation consultation, reach out to Malman Law. We can be reached at (312) 629-0099 or use our online contact form.