4 things you should do after a truck accident

Large trucks, including the water tankers used in local fracking, pose a hazard to people on the roads. This is especially true if a truck driver isn't driving in a safe manner. Victims of truck crashes often face a long and arduous recovery because their injuries are especially severe. If you were involved in an accident with a large truck, here are four things you should do.

#1: Get medical care after the accident

Truck crashes can cause severe injuries and, in the immediate wake of an accident, you may not realize the seriousness of your injuries. Even if you don't think that you were injured, you should seek medical care. Obtaining a full medical exam can help uncover injuries and also provides proof that those injuries are directly related to your involvement in the accident.

#2: Determine possible causes of the crash

The cause of the crash dictates the future steps you can take. Was a truck driver fatigued, distracted or speeding? In some cases, the issue might have been equipment failure or road conditions. The cause of the crash is important because it determines the party or parties that you can hold accountable for your injuries when seeking compensation. Investigating the accident and checking the police report can help you to determine the cause of the crash.

#3: File a claim for compensation

Filing a personal injury claim for compensation is the first step in trying to recover damages for the accident. This includes the cost of medical care related to your injuries and compensation for any wages you lost during your recovery. Loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium and pain and suffering are other possible types of damages you might consider in your case.

#4: Consider the suitability of a settlement

Settlements are the method of resolution for many motor vehicle injury cases. Coming to a settlement agreement is often a faster and less expensive way to resolve the case. Before you agree to a settlement, think about the terms. Many truck accident settlements don't require the liable party to admit fault and some might require that the injured party stays quiet about the settlement.

If you were involved in a truck accident in which you believe another party was at fault, it's important to explore your legal options. A personal injury attorney will stand up for your rights and work to recover the compensation you need to overcome financial hardships and move on with your life.

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