Although we frequently offer tips on what you should do if you are involved in an accident, we do not as often make it clear what you should not do. This is important especially after severe accidents, like 18-wheeler accidents, when injuries might be severe and you may be in shock. If you are involved in an Orange County semi accident, here are three things you should avoid doing:
- Do not move anyone who has been injured unless it is critical to his or her safety. Injuries in a semi accident often are severe. Moving an injured person could cause additional damage or further medical complications. It is best to call 911 and wait for emergency responders.
- Do not speak to the truck driver’s insurance company until you have met with an experienced Orange County accident attorney. Commercial drivers and trucking companies have a lot to lose after an accident. The insurance company on their side will try to pay you as little as possible for your injuries and use your own words against you.
- Do not sign anything (except the police report) before you have spoken with an attorney. Because semi accident injuries can be very serious and have long-lasting impact, do not sign anything until you have spoken with an attorney. You should wait until you have a better understanding of the medical treatment you will need and how your injuries will affect your daily life.
If you were injured in an accident with a semi in Orange County, and have questions about your claim, please reach out to an experienced Orange County accident attorney today at 1-(949) 851-0222 for a free and confidential consultation.