Should I Talk to The Trucking Company If They Reach Out to Me After My Accident?

On Behalf of Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa | September 24, 2022 |

After a truck accident, regardless of the severity of your injuries and related losses, the trucking company will undoubtedly reach out to you to ask for a statement about the accident and how it happened. But you should be very cautious about talking to the trucking company’s insurance claims adjuster. Your losses could be significant, but seemingly minor mistakes can endanger your ability to seek proper compensation from the at-fault party.

This means that, no, you shouldn’t speak to the claims adjuster or anyone from the trucking company. While they may say that they just want to know what happened and your version of the story, they are trying to protect their interests, not yours. Instead, talk to a West Palm Beach truck accident attorney before speaking to a representative of the trucking company or their insurance carrier.

Why You Shouldn’t Talk to The Trucking Company

At-fault parties will utilize various strategies to minimize their liability and the damages you’re entitled to receive. These strategies include:

Get You to Admit That You Are Partially At Fault for The Crash

The claims adjuster assigned to your claim will ask very specific questions about your actions and the sequence of events of the crash. But you must not divulge specific details because they will try to use your statements against you to reduce your settlement or deny your claim.

Look For Pre-Existing Conditions

Don’t offer details about your medical history and any health conditions you may have. You can’t claim damages for pre-existing conditions, but you can argue that your condition worsened because of the accident. In any case, do not disclose any details than you need to, and relay such information by sending paperwork that your lawyer has reviewed instead of responding to questions in person or over the phone.

Get You to Commit to an Unfair Value of Your Claim

The insurance adjuster will try to make you describe your injuries and how they have impacted your life to place a dollar range on your settlement right from the start. But your damages can’t simply be estimated until you have a prognosis of your condition, and your attorney has assessed all the aspects of your claim. You’ll need to be on the road to recovery before calculating the full value of your claim, including past and future expenses related to the accident.

Seek Legal Advice From an Experienced West Palm Beach Truck Accident Attorney Now

Remember that the trucking company and its insurance provider don’t have your best interests in mind. It’s their job to safeguard their interests at all costs and avoid liability for accidents if possible. If given the chance, they’ll pay your claim early but for an amount that’s not sufficient to cover your losses.

To ensure that you protect your rights to fair compensation following a truck accident, speak to our West Palm Beach truck accident attorney before talking to anyone from the truck driver’s party. Contact Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa at 561-478-2500 or reach us online to schedule your free case review today.