You were driving next to a big rig when out of nowhere the truck moves over into your lane, pushing you off the road and causing you to crash into the barrier. Because you weren’t planning on being in a wreck when you got into your car that day, you were not be prepared for what to do and not do after a crash.
While exchanging contact information and insurance policy information with the other driver are reasonable and harmless things to do after an accident, there are some things you shouldn’t do that might not be so obvious. Two of the biggest things you will want to avoid doing following a collision include:
- Telling the other driver or insurance adjuster you are fine. Because adrenaline is flowing in the immediate aftermath of a crash, you might not know you are injured until hours or even days later. For this reason, it is best to not tell anyone at the accident scene or the insurance adjuster how you feel. Instead, you should let them know that you are going to get a medical evaluation to determine the extent of your injuries.
- Posting pictures of the crash or comments on Facebook or other social media sites. While many people assume their Facebook account or other social media sites are private and only their friends can see their posts, insurance companies can get access to such postings. In order to protect yourself, it is best not to post anything about the crash—even pictures of yourself—if you are pursuing an injury claim.
Consider Hiring an Attorney After Being Injured in a Truck Accident
If you have made these mistakes following an accident, it doesn’t mean you have ruined your case. However, you will probably need an experienced attorney on your side to strengthen your claim and stand up to the insurance company in order to get you the most compensation possible. This is because the insurance adjuster on the other side will use anything you do and say to their advantage in order to limit their liability. If you think your claim needs help, give us a call at (301) 942-9118.