How Long Should You Wait After A Truck Accident to Call A Lawyer?
If you were just involved in a truck accident in the state of Georgia, you may be confused as to what to do first. Should you call a lawyer before you do anything else? If you’ve only suffered minor injuries, should you go to the hospital, or should you stick around and take pictures?
It’s nerve-wracking when you can’t be sure of whether what you do can potentially affect your case. One good resource to consult is the Georgia Driver’s Manual, which provides you with a step-by-step account of what to do in the event of an accident. Looking for another good resource? Read on…
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While a car accident is bad, a truck wreck is usually worse. No matter who is at fault, an insurance claim must be filed. Your timing is crucial, especially when it involves a truck accident.
Keep in mind that the trucking company already has its own team of investigators and lawyers ready to go to investigate any accident involving their trucks. They may even arrive at the scene before you leave to try and get a statement out of you. Remember that you do not have to give them one.
Trucking companies take every step they can to protect themselves, and so should you. You will want someone there to defend you and your rights in a trucking accident. Our experienced lawyers here at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC can help. We can advise you on your next steps, or take over the matter for you, whatever you prefer.
Immediately Following The Accident
Immediately following an accident with a truck, the first thing you should do is, of course, to assess whether you were injured, and how badly. Nothing is more important than your health, and if your injuries require you to go to the hospital, or if you want to go just to get checked out, you should go.
If you are not injured, then you need to take as many pictures and notes as is necessary to get an accurate picture of the scene. You will need these pictures and notes later on for your claim. It is important that you take pictures of everything from where the traffic lights are to the condition of the road. You never know what might help your case.
An experienced truck accident lawyer should be able to tell from your photos whether you have a strong case. The photos can also be used as evidence later on to prove both fault and the extent of the damages you suffered.
Talking To The Insurance Company
After the initial shock of the situation has worn off, usually by the next day, you will probably be contacted by the other driver’s insurance company. If you are considering talking to a lawyer, then this would be the ideal time to do so.
Remember, insurance companies would not stay in business if all they did was pay out claims all the time. They are going to do everything possible to avoid paying your claim, including possibly pin blame on you where none exists.
It is so important that you make sure your rights are being protected and that you don’t settle for way less than you deserve. Our lawyers at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC can help you navigate the all-too-confusing process of reading and responding to an insurance claim.
Dealing with a trucking company when it comes to an accident is even more complicated than dealing with your average insurance company. This is because truck accidents are typically categorized as “multi-party claims.”
Multi-party claims are claims that, as you might guess, involve multiple parties. While, in a Georgia car accident claim, you may only be suing the driver of the other car, with a multi-party claim you can sue everyone from the driver of the truck to the company that he works for. You can also sue the manufacturer of the truck if a faulty part was involved.
The one thing you definitely don’t want to do is face a multi-party claim alone. Insurance companies bank on the fact that you’ll get so confused that you’ll give up on the whole process. Our lawyers can be right there by your side, helping you fight and make your way through the weeds that is the claims process.
Benefits of Hiring a Lawyer
When it comes to a personal injury case, hiring a lawyer may be in your best interests. For one thing, a lawyer can be a neutral party in a situation that often finds itself in a “he said, she said” stalemate. A lawyer can evaluate both sides of the case to determine to what extent each party may be found at fault by the judge.
An experienced lawyer will also be able to tell you about how much you should expect to receive in damages. He does this by assessing the value of the insurance policies against which you have a claim, and compares them to the maximum amount of damages you could expect to receive in a case like yours.
Don’t worry if you decide to go it alone, then realize it’s too complicated and that you want to hire a truck accident lawyer. You can hire us at any point in the process, even if you don’t do so right from the beginning. And whenever you decide you want to call us, the legal team at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC will be ready and willing to listen.
No matter whether you are the driver or the victim, we are here to help. Fill out the form to the right, or call us at (855)-329-7144 for a free consultation with no obligation to retain.