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Five mistakes to avoid after a truck accident

On Behalf of | Apr 12, 2024 | Truck Accidents

The moments immediately following a truck accident can be scary and overwhelming. You may be in shock, confused or traumatized and these feelings can last quite a long time.

While feeling this way is understandable, the actions you take after a truck accident can have major consequences for any personal injury case you file in the future. What you say and do after an accident matters and there are some common mistakes you should avoid.

Leaving the scene or admitting fault

Never leave the scene of the accident without contacting the police and exchanging contact information with the other driver. Not only is it against the law, but you miss out on the opportunity to gather crucial evidence for your personal injury case.

Do not admit fault at the accident scene. Statements you make to anyone, including the police, emergency personnel or the other driver, can be used against you.

Even saying you are sorry could be seen as admitting the accident was your fault. Tell the police exactly what happened but do not apologize or say anything about what you believe caused the accident.

Not seeking medical attention or keeping good records

You should always seek medical attention after the accident. Even if you do not appear to have any immediate injuries, see a doctor again a few days or a week later. Some injuries take time to become obvious.

Keep meticulous records of all losses due to the accident. This includes medical bills, lost wages and any other costs due to the accident. Document the amount of each loss and save all bills and receipts.

Not filing a personal injury claim in time

If you choose to file a personal injury lawsuit, be aware that the statute of limitations in Virginia for filing is two years. This may seem like a long time, but the disruption to your life, including treating and recovering from any injuries, means the time could be up before you know it.

Avoiding these common mistakes could go a long way toward holding a negligent truck driver accountable for their actions and getting you the compensation you need.