Truck accidents are responsible for thousands of traffic fatalities every single year. Passenger vehicle occupants are especially vulnerable in collisions with big rigs because cars are simply no match for the size and power of large tractor-trailers.
Of course, that doesn’t mean those who end up surviving such wrecks are left feeling especially fortunate. The damages that result from a large truck crash can add up fast, and they’re enough to threaten most families’ financial security. Thankfully, if you were struck by a drunk, drowsy, or distracted trucker, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim.
Because there’s so much at stake, it’s wise to hire an attorney before commencing the proceedings. Your legal team at Hodge & Langley can handle almost every aspect of your case so you can focus on your medical recovery.
There are steps you can take along the way, though, to support their efforts and give your claim the best chance of yielding a payout. Read on to learn what they are:
1. Stay off Social Media
The insurance adjuster will likely monitor your online activity in an effort to find cause to challenge your claim. Since there’s no way to be sure how the insurer might interpret the content you publish, it’s best to stay off social media altogether until your case has been resolved. At the very least, you should:
- Enable the strictest privacy settings;
- Deny requests from strangers;
- Avoid posting about the claim, your social life, or your expenditures; and
- Avoid “checking in” to public places.
2. Preserve Documentation of Damages
Save all receipts, bills, and invoices that correspond to your injury-related expenses. As long as you can prove they were reasonably necessary and caused by the tort, you may be able to include them in the settlement negotiations.
3. Refer the Opposing Party to Your Legal Team
If the opposing party reaches out to you directly, refer them to your truck accident attorney. In that same vein, avoid giving a recorded statement at any point unless done with the advise and participation of counsel. Should you say something that ends up contradicting some aspect of your claim, your statements could be used by the defense to challenge your case.
4. Follow Your Doctor’s Orders
Personal injury claimants must take reasonable measures to mitigate damages. Otherwise, they could be deemed at least partially liable for the severity of their losses. As such, it’s important to seek medical care right away and to follow your provider’s orders once you do.
Call 864-585-3873 to Discuss Your Case with a South Carolina Truck Accident Lawyer
At Hodge & Langley Law Firm, we are all too familiar with the devastating toll that a large truck crash can have on both injured parties and their loved ones. If you were seriously hurt in such an accident, we will use all the resources at our disposal to help you pursue the funds you deserve. Call 864-585-3873 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with a truck accident attorney in South Carolina.