What to Do Following a Truck Accident in Las Vegas
A trucking company will move quickly following an accident involving one of their vehicles because the stakes are high. A lot of money is on the line for several reasons:
- Injuries in a crash involving a truck are often severe – even seemingly minor collisions can cause catastrophic injuries like traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries
- There may be multiple liable parties – the truck driver, trucking company, loading company, and mechanic are all possible liable parties.
- Federal law requires trucks to carry a minimum amount of insurance – this may range from $750,000 to $5 Million.
In this article, we will review the steps you must take following a trucking accident in Nevada.
Step # 1: Report the Accident to Police and Gather Evidence
You should follow the recommended steps as you would in any car accident, including reporting the accident to police or highway patrol, and documenting the sequence of events that led to the accident. If you are unable to take photographs, ask someone to help you. If you are unable to write down what happened, record a voice memo while your memory is fresh.
Step # 2: Get Medical Care
It is so important to receive medical care as soon as possible following an accident. Downplaying injuries, declining treatment, or saying “I’ll be fine” in any post-accident communications can severely hurt your personal injury claim. If you don’t see a doctor or visit an emergency room following a crash, it is likely that the defense attorney will bring this up and use it to cast doubt on the severity of your injuries.
Step # 3: Report the Accident to Your Insurance Company
Regardless of fault, you are obligated under the terms of your insurance policy to report the accident to the insurance company. While you do need to provide basic facts, you should not speculate on fault or provide a recorded statement. Insurance companies use every tactic in the book to delay, deny, and defend claims in order to protect their bottom line and improve their profits. The less they pay out, the more money they make.
Step # 4: Contact LV Personal Injury Attorneys
Hiring an experienced Nevada personal injury lawyer following a semi-truck accident can help you protect your legal rights and ultimately recover the maximum and fair compensation you are entitled to for injuries, medical care, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. Before you accept any insurance company offer for compensation, call LV Personal Injury Lawyers at (702) 800-4660. All consultations are free.
Step # 5: Do Not Post on Social Media
Any personal injury lawyer will caution you regarding posting on social media while you have an ongoing personal injury claim. Defense attorneys have used social media posts in thousands of cases over the years. Anything you post can be taken out of context and used against you, even something as seemingly harmless of a group picture at a party.
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