What to Do When a Cement Truck Hits YouBy Stewart J. Guss on April 26th, 2018
Secrets to Navigating Cement Truck Injuries
Many construction and road projects use large cement trucks to pour building foundations, patios, driveways, streets, and more. Children marvel at these huge trucks with their constantly turning and churning cylindrical trailers, and many kids keep miniature version as toys.
While kids may play with cement truck toys, real cement trucks are anything but toys. They are serious pieces of machinery. Difficult and risky to operate, cement truck operators should always take their jobs very seriously but very often do not.
We all know accidents happen and cement trucks can malfunction or an operator can make a mistake. In any case, anyone hit by these huge trucks can suffer serious, life-changing injuries. They can keep you from working. You will watch the medical bills pile up. Your injuries affect every aspect of your life so fundamentally you no longer enjoy your life. All of this because a construction worker or company didn’t act as they should have.
You might wonder, “What type of legal rights and options do I have?” That’s only understandable! Here’s the first secret to making yourself whole after a cement truck accident: The best way to know and protect your rights is to call a lawyer who understands how these cases work. Call the Law Offices of Stewart J. Guss today—we handle even the most complicated claims involving heavy machinery, such as cement trucks, and we’re on your side.
At our firm, we have more than 20 years’ experience in dealing with cement truck accidents. We know the laws, the physics and forces involved, and we know how to win these cases for our clients—so if you were in an accident with a cement truck, call us right now at 1-800-898-4877 or to discuss your case for free.
ALWAYS Seek Medical Attention
No matter how a cement truck hits you, these monstrous vehicles can injure you. Colliding with a large truck can frighten anyone, and make you feel helpless afterward. It’s common to not know what to do. You may not feel pain right away, but maybe you’re in shock. You might feel some pain or discomfort, but you may assume it’s normal after an accident—and may talk yourself out of going to the emergency room. That’s a big mistake.
The second secret to a successful cement truck accident claim: Get an immediate medical evaluation. First, many injuries, like whiplash, don’t show up right away, and may remain “invisible” for a few hours or days. Concussion injuries often have a delayed onset as well. Many people simply feel “off” or may have slight headaches, which they may think is a result of the stress of their accidents. These symptoms, however, may be the early indicators of a mild to moderate traumatic brain injury. To make sure you receive proper treatments and prevent complications, get your injuries diagnosed as soon as possible.
Now, there is another reason why a quick diagnosis can help you. To recover compensation for those accident-related losses and injuries, you need to prove that the accident caused your specific injuries. This means you’ll need medical records and documentation of the “tie” between the accident and your injuries—and waiting too long to see a doctor can cause an insurance company to question the true cause of your injuries. Overall, just remember it is better to be safe than sorry. Go see a medical professional as soon as possible.
Don’t Give the Insurance Company a Recorded Statement
Different parties can face liability for your cement truck accident, including the truck operator, the cement company, and the construction company in charge of the project. Claims should be filed with ALL possible parties—and this may mean dealing with multiple insurance adjusters.
One or more of these adjusters will almost certainly ask you to answer questions or give a statement “on the record.” They may tell you that a recorded statement will only help your case—but this is NOT TRUE.
Insurance companies want to ask you questions and record your answers so they can use the things you say to reduce your claim. They act like they care and get you talking—only to interpret what you say in different ways to minimize your injuries or losses. Some insurance companies may even claim that you MUST give a recorded statement to process your claim. This is also NOT TRUE. Always speak with an experienced attorney before you ever give any type of recorded statement to an insurance company—otherwise you are almost certain to do more harm than good.
Call an Attorney
Insurance companies will also tell you that it’s not necessary to call an attorney to help with your claim. Of COURSE they don’t want you to have legal advice, as it’s easier to convince you to accept a lower settlement if you don’t know how these cement truck accident claims usually work. Once you hire legal representation, they will deal with our attorneys—who regularly handle injury claims and who won’t back down.
A lawyer can help your case by:
- Determining all possibly liable parties
- Calculating the total value of your claim
- Filing your claims with all insurance companies
- Handling all communications with the insurance adjusters
- Providing all necessary evidence and documentation of liability and of your injuries
- Telling you when a settlement is lower than you deserve
- Negotiating for a higher settlement
- Determining when the insurance company won’t budge and when you must file a personal injury lawsuit to get you the compensation you deserve
We handle all of the above to take the stress off of you and to uphold your rights under the law. Not only can we work to increase the compensation you get, but also your peace of mind. Cement truck accidents are serious matters and you need a serious attorney handling your case who knows how to navigate complex construction injury claims.
Contact a Houston Cement Truck Accident Lawyer to Discuss Your Situation for Free
The lawyers and legal professionals of Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, with principal offices in Houston, Texas, have spent more than 20 years helping victims protect and preserve their rights after cement truck accidents and many other types of construction or truck accidents. We represent truck accident victims throughout the nation. If you were injured in cement truck accident or any other type of truck accident, call our office right now to schedule a free consultation! Because we take all of our personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis, you will not owe us a DIME unless we win your case.