What is the “big picture” in a car or truck accident?

by | Jun 2, 2020 | Firm News

Car accidents, especially ones involving commercial vehicles, happen fast. The resulting injuries can be painful and long-lasting. Those first moments after an accident might define everything that comes after.

Now, obviously, if anyone needs medical treatment for injuries, that must come first. And that mindset should continue for as long as your injury does. Everything that comes after the accident –  insurance claims, police reports, insurance adjuster interviews, etc. – is a distraction.

Nothing is as important as your health

It’s difficult to keep all the chaos after an accident in context, but when you fight through injuries, that struggle is unavoidable. Catastrophic injuries such as:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Amputations
  • Broken bones
  • Extensive burns

Signal a long, painful recovery. During that time, you will need support from the people in your life, and you need the money to ensure you can pay your bills.

But insurers try to change the subject

Insurers and commercial trucking companies both have an incentive to make a person lose track of what’s essential. If they can, they will try to confuse you about the nature of fault and liability. For example:

  • An insurance adjuster might imply that because a person was partly responsible for an accident, they’re not entitled to compensation.
  • A truck company representative might make the case that because their driver was at fault, the company isn’t liable for any pain caused.

The goal of these distractions is to get a person to agree to something less than the full compensation they deserve. These companies are out to minimize liability and payments. They are not there to help you recover.

When the goal is clear, so are your actions.

Take away all the distractions. Take away the forms, the questions, the interviews and what that leaves are you and your injury. An attorney with decades of experience in personal injury claims can make it so that you can focus on the most important thing: recovering and moving on.