Many crashes involving a semi truck, box truck or even a pick-up truck can involve some very extensive vehicle damage and severe injuries, so you may be limited in terms of what you can physically do immediately following the accident. In cases of brain injuries, spinal and back injuries and serious injury to your limbs, you may also see a major impact in terms of your abilities to care for yourself and live independently.
But in an ideal situation, you should contact the police to report the crash. This allows the authorities to document the accident scene on your behalf, while also collecting evidence and information from the other involved driver(s) and any witnesses who were driving (or walking) in the immediate area when the collision occurred. The police can also provide an objective third-party account of the accident scene – something that is important to avoid a “he said, she said” type of situation as you pursue a claim.
If you are able to do so, take photographs of the accident scene before any vehicles are moved. Also photograph any skid marks (or the area where the skid marks ought to have been), as the length of the skid marks can be used to determine speed. Authorities typically take this type of photo, but it’s typically wise to take your own photographs if you are physically able to do so in a safe manner.
You should seek immediate medical attention and a thorough medical evaluation, even if you don’t feel injured. Some very serious internal injuries may not have any outward symptoms until the situation is life-threatening and critical. What’s more, it’s important that your condition and injuries are properly documented. Photograph your injuries before and after receiving treatment. Your physician will also document your injuries in your medical records.
Our Orlando personal injury attorneys recommend keeping a medical journal to document your injuries and the impact on your life. You should include information such as:
Your daily pain level;
Your doctor’s appointments;
Your therapy appointments;
Medical bills/expenses; and
The impact of your injuries on daily life (i.e. an inability to go to work or complete daily living tasks without assistance.)
A medical journal can provide lots of important insight for your case.
We recommend contacting one of our semi truck accident lawyers as soon as possible. The sooner we can begin working on your case, the better your chances of seeing a positive outcome.
I Was Offered a Truck Accident Settlement. Should I Accept it?
In some cases, you may be offered a settlement which, once accepted, prevents you from seeking additional damages in the future. Therefore, it’s essential that you consult a top truck accident law firm before accepting any settlement.
A lump sum settlement may initially seem sizable, but many accident victims suffer permanent disability and lifelong effects that result in future expenses and losses. So you must ensure that the settlement is sufficient to cover these costs and losses. For this reason, it’s vital to consult an experienced truck accident lawyer who can pursue the liable trucking company or insurance company to seek the compensation you deserve.
Florida clients can also turn to Hogan & Hogan, P.A. for assistance with negotiation as you try to arrive at a fair out of court settlement.