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Following a collision with an 18-wheeler, you may find yourself in a tough position. You may feel overwhelmed and confused as you face serious injuries and deal with financial strain. If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, you should take certain steps to preserve your right to fair compensation. Gerling Law is here to help get you on the path to recovery.

Call 911

The very first thing you should do after a truck accident is call 911. Be sure to request assistance from police and medical aid. 

Officers will quickly arrive at the scene of the accident. They will ask questions, survey the scene, and collect as many details as possible. The officers will then take that information and create a police report. Police reports can play a significant role in your claim, as they answer many common questions and provide much-needed information. Your truck accident lawyer can use the accident report when building a strong case.

Seek Medical Attention

If injuries are severe, you will likely receive medical treatment at the scene of the accident. However, even if you do not get medical help immediately after the accident, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible. There are a couple of reasons to always seek medical attention. First, you may have serious injuries without knowing it, as some injuries are not obvious right away and may take some time to become evident. Visiting an emergency room or your primary care physician can shed some light on all of your injuries, and allow you to begin treatment right away. Second, if you wait to see a doctor, the defendant or their insurance company can use that to claim that you were not injured in the accident, but some time afterward. The bottom line is that waiting to see a doctor can weaken your case.

It is also essential you follow every step and piece of advice your physician gives you. If you skip steps or refuse to follow treatment, the defendant can assert that you made your own injury worse by not following medical advice. This can also weaken your case. Everything is recorded in your medical records. If you follow your doctor’s orders, these records can help strengthen your case substantially. 

Collect Evidence

If at all possible, begin collecting evidence as soon as possible. This can include:

  • Driver information,
  • Truck information,
  • Photos and videos, and
  • Witness information.

If your injuries cause you to miss work, be sure to document all of your lost wages. Once more documentation becomes available, including accident reports and medical records, your 18-wheeler accident attorney can request these items to use for your case.

Consult with an 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer

Your health and safety are first and foremost. Once you have sought treatment for your injuries and are ready to proceed, you should consult with a qualified truck accident lawyer. Your attorney will collect details of your accident, answer your questions, and explain how to best tackle your claim. It can be extremely challenging to handle your claim alone, so let a truck accident attorney help you.

How a Truck Accident Attorney Can Help

You are not required to have an 18-wheeler accident lawyer represent you, but you will certainly find the help invaluable. Truck accidents are unique and complicated, and only a truck accident lawyer knows how to handle the ins and outs of these special cases. You can expect your attorney to handle your claim from beginning to end, including:

  • Gathering evidence;
  • Conducting a thorough investigation;
  • Interviewing experts and witnesses;
  • Calculating damages;
  • Communicating with insurance companies; 
  • Engaging in settlement negotiations; and
  • Taking your case to trial if that becomes necessary.

Most claimants that get attorneys to negotiate on their behalf end up settling out of court. In other words, most cases never go to trial. But to avoid a trial, you need an experienced negotiator in your corner. And if the insurance company will not make a fair offer, you need an attorney to take your case to trial. Having the help of an 18-wheeler accident lawyer often proves to be the best decision you can make after a truck accident. So do not hesitate to contact an attorney right away.

Call Gerling Law Today

Gerling Law Injury Attorneys has been putting clients and their needs first for over five decades. We are motivated by the opportunity to serve clients and help them get the best possible resolution for their case. Our firm’s top priority is quality—quality service, legal representation, and relationships. Our attorneys are always ready to do what’s necessary to get the job done. Contact us today, and let’s discuss how we can help you.

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Gayle Gerling Pettinga

Born and raised in Evansville, Gayle is a respected, experienced lawyer and a valued community leader. She graduated near the top of her class at Indiana University’s prestigious Maurer School of Law. She’s practiced law with one of the largest firms in Indianapolis as well as one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. And that means she knows how big law firms and big companies think and how they operate – and she will put that knowledge to work for you.

Gayle has received numerous awards and honors including Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rated: AV®, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys in Indiana for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service, and YWCA Evansville 100 Years, 100 Women Honoree, 2011.

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