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How to Protect Yourself After a Truck Collision in Hollywood

If you have been a truck collision in Hollywood, you need to protect yourself. Whether you realize it or not, you are at risk and vulnerable, especially when it comes to your health and your finances.

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There are several ways you can reduce the risk:

1) Protect yourself from scam artists.

After a trucking collision, scam artists may target you. You may need to make multiple claims and contact man people in order to file your claim and to get your car repaired. Be wary of anyone who seems to offer you something for nothing.

For example, if someone involved in your trucking accident wants to simply hand you cash and avoid exchanging contact information or filing a claim, be wary. If someone contacts you in an unsolicited manner and tells you that they can guarantee a certain claim amount from your insurer or from a government grant, they are not being honest; no one can guarantee you will get a set amount from your claim.

2) Protect your health.

Your health is at risk after a trucking collision in Hollywood or your community. Truck collisions cause back injuries, head trauma, amputations and other serious or permanent injuries.

The best way to protect your health is to get immediate quality medical care. Visit the emergency room, especially if there is any chance you may have hit your head during the collision. Always get a full checkup, even if you think you’re uninjured.

Even if you get a clean bill of health at the emergency room, keep track of your symptoms in a journal and if you notice anything amiss or you notice any unusual symptoms, get a follow-up with your doctor. Sometimes, it can take some time for symptoms to develop, even in a serious injury.

3) Protect your career.

The time you lose at work and the injuries you sustain in a trucking crash can harm your career prospects. Always work with your doctor to ensure you have the best chance of healing. At the same time, however, know your rights when it comes to protecting your job and your position. If you feel you’re being treated unfairly at work or you’re being unduly penalized for a truck accident that wasn’t your fault, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation to find out what rights you may have.

4) Protect your finances.

The cost of a trucking collision can be significant in Hollywood and across South Florida. Medical costs alone can add up to tens of thousands of dollars or even in excess of one million dollars if you’re permanently injured. You may lose out on significant amounts of income and the cost of repairing your car as well as replacing the valuables that were inside the car can be considerable.

While car insurance is meant to help protect you from some of these excess costs, there is no guarantee your insurance carrier will automatically pay for all of your expenses. Make sure you understand the value of your claim and how much it will cost to pay for medical care, car repairs, car rentals and everything else. Contact Flaxman Law Group if you’d like to speak with a Miami truck accident attorney about how much your case may be worth.

5) Protect your relationships.

Being in a traffic collision in Hollywood or your community can be devastating. It’s not unusual for friendships and relationships to take a toll. You may feel upset, depressed and even angry after your collision. You may have trouble sleeping or may be in significant pain.

All of this can mean personality changes, irritability and other problems which can lead to relationship issues. Always do your best to keep your support network strong. If you find yourself lashing out or if you find yourself struggling with the emotional impact of your accident, get help from your doctor or counselor. Support groups can also be efficient in helping you recover more fully from your collision.

6) Protect your credit score.

Your credit score can be at risk after a serious roadway accident. The high cost of your injuries as well as any potential scams in which you are targeted can negatively impact your credit score. Always protect your credit score by making all of your bill payments on time. If you have credit cards, make a minimum payment each month. After a car or truck crash, it is also a good idea to check your credit score by writing to the credit bureaus to get a copy of your credit report. This allows you to see whether you have been victimized by a scammer and allows you to get help if you have.

If you have been injured in a trucking collision, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation with a truck collision attorney in Hollywood or your community. Our offices in Hollywood, Homestead, and Miami are there to help you if you have been seriously injured. Your first consultation with us is free and comes with no obligation, so contact us today.