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December 20, 2020

What Can I Do to Protect My Rights After a Truck Accident?

December 20, 2020

Civil law upholds the rights of an aggrieved party to seek remedies for their losses following an injury or other losses caused by another person or entity’s carelessness or intentional acts. 

In the aftermath of a collision with a truck in particular, things can be difficult for the litigant. Injuries are often catastrophic, and it can be difficult to assess the layers of insurance involved. If you’re wondering what you can do to protect your rights after an accident. Read on to learn more about how an Austin truck accident lawyer can help.

Documenting the Scene

Things happen quickly following a truck accident. Because of the catastrophic impact of a collision, in many instances, you may require immediate medical attention. 

For this reason, one of the first things you should do to protect your rights is to call the police. Once law enforcement arrives, they might do any of the following things to document the wreck:

  • File a police or crash report
  • Collect physical evidence from the scene
  • Get the information of both parties
  • Collect statements from eye-witnesses
  • Impound damages vehicles

The truck driver or other at-fault parties to the wreck may attempt to coerce you into not calling the police. However, if you’re well enough to do so, taking this step can also help the police formalize the process of creating a report that you can use at a later date as evidence for a truck accident claim. 

You may take this a step further by attempting to take your own photographs at the scene, either of the damage to your vehicle or person. 

Getting Treatment for Your Injuries

Even if you are fortunate enough to not require emergency medical attention, if your goal is to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party, seeking out medical treatment becomes absolutely vital. 

Not only does consulting a trusted doctor allow you to receive a medical analysis of your post-accident state, it also fulfills the crucial step of documenting any injuries you might suffer from which you sustained in the accident. 

Even if you feel fine, going to the doctor should be one of your top priorities. Some injuries don’t develop until later, and the at-fault party’s insurance will do all it can to avoid paying what you should receive based on your injuries. 

Don’t Wait to Contact a Lawyer

Reaching out to an experienced lawyer should be one of the first things you do to protect your rights. The statute of limitations for personal injury action in Texas is generally two years, which means failing to file your claim within the allowable time could bar you from recovering the damages you deserve. 

Contact a Lawyer Today

Have you been injured in a truck accident? Don’t let the insurance company boss you around. A top-rated lawyer from Gibbs & Crivelli, Slingshot law can help you secure your rightful compensation. 

Call 800-488-7840 or fill out the form below to schedule a free, no-hassle case evaluation today. 

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