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Steps to Take If You are Involved in a Truck Accident in Florida

Sharing the roadways with big rigs and tractor-trailers is a fact of life. These trucks serve an integral purpose in interstate commerce, transporting goods from one part of the country to another. However, these trucks, like any other motor vehicle on public roadways, are often involved in motor vehicle accidents. Due to their sizes, accidents with tractor-trailers are often devastating, resulting in great bodily injury or even death. If you are involved in a truck accident in Florida, what should you do?

 

First, if you are able, take photographs of the damage to your vehicle. You may also photograph your injuries and the injuries of your passengers, if any were traveling with you. Take photos of the surrounding area as well—such as any center medians that show damage, any tire tread marks on the roadway, or any broken guardrails. Make sure that you note the time of day the accident occurred, as well as the weather conditions. This information will be important for your attorney to review at a later date.

 

Exchange insurance information with the truck driver and any other drivers involved in the accident, but do not discuss fault or liability. Even a simple “I’m sorry” may be used against you later—so simply exchange information and wait for the police to arrive.

 

If any witnesses are present at the scene of the accident, exchange information with these individuals as well. Get their names, phone numbers, and email addresses. Ask them what they saw and where they were when they saw it. If you have a smartphone and it is still functioning, you could take notes on your phone as to what each witness tells you.

 

Even if you do not think you are seriously injured, you should seek medical attention from first responders. Many injuries manifest later. If you do not seek medical attention and later bring a claim seeking compensation for your injuries, the insurance companies and opposing parties may argue that your injuries are not as severe as you claim.  Similarly, make sure you follow your medical providers’ advice and follow up with other medical professionals as needed during your treatment.

 

Keep detailed, organized records of any treatment that you receive, as well as time you miss from work and other damages you suffer as a result of the accident. It is also a good idea to keep a journal in the event that you need to refresh your memory on how the accident impacted you at a later date. These items will strengthen your case if litigation becomes necessary.

 

Although it may be tempting to share your experience with friends and family on social media, do not post anything on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or other platforms. Remember, anything you post on the Internet or even send through text message or email may be used against you. Arguing that you are injured may be difficult if your social media posts show you out and about having a good time with your friends.

 

Although it is not required, hiring a Florida personal injury attorney will protect your legal interests. With the assistance of an attorney, your case will increase in value because your attorney will know all of the avenues of recovery that may be available to you. Your attorney will also be aware of all filing deadlines and other important events in your case. If certain deadlines are missed, a claimant may lose the right to recover damages and may be barred from bringing a claim in the future.

 

Sources:

https://shinerlawgroup.com/

 

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0600-0699/0627/Sections/0627.736.html

 

http://www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/frfaqcrash.html

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