No matter how many steps you take to protect against an accident with a commercial truck, you never know what lies up the road ahead.

If you’re injured in a truck accident, it’s likely to change your life in many ways. And depending on the severity of the accident, it could change your life forever.

Here are some things to think about as you attempt to best manage the aftermath of a serious truck accident:

  • Your health: This is your top priority, so work closely with your medical team to establish a treatment plan that’ll help you make a fast and full recovery.
  • Your employment: With a serious injury, such as a traumatic brain injury or amputation, you’re not likely to return to work the next day. And in some cases, you may not even be able to return over the next few months. Talk to your employer about your situation, while also considering the impact on your finances.
  • Beware of insurance companies: For example, you’ll find it easy to put all your trust in your insurance agent, especially if you have a good relationship. But if you do this, you could fall prey to a low-ball settlement offer. That will lead you to miss out on money you deserve.
  • Consult with a personal injury lawyer: With so much going on, you may fall into the trap of believing you can personally work with the insurance companies to obtain a fair settlement. But if you take this path, you’ll soon find that you’re overwhelmed and overpowered by people who know more than you. With the help of a lawyer, you never have to concern yourself with this. Your legal team knows the finer details of the law, how to protect your legal rights, and most importantly, how to obtain all the compensation you’re entitled to.

No two car-truck accidents are the same, so there’s no way of knowing exactly what you’ll do in the days, weeks and months that follow.

However, with knowledge of what’s to come and how to protect yourself, you’ll feel more confident in your ability to do so.