No one wants to believe or consider that they may be in a Florida car accident or truck accident. Statistically, however, anyone who drives a car is likely to be in a traffic accident at some point. While a collision is terrifying, it is important to stay focused and to do the right things in order to ensure that you are fully protected under the law. If you have been in a Florida truck accidents, you need to make sure that you:
1) Get medical help. Call for help at once, even if you are not sure that you are injured. Many people face serious complications or even die because they fail to seek help in time. Some symptoms do not manifest right away. Some Florida brain injury patients, for example, report symptoms hours after an initial impact. Getting medical help for everyone involved can help save a life.
2) Do not sign anything without an attorney. You may be pressured to sign documents from an insurance company or from a truck company’s attorney. No matter what you are told, do not sign without qualified legal advice. At the very least, you deserve to know exactly what you are signing – and that means working with an attorney who has your interests in mind. Signing can mean signing your rights away.
3) Contact authorities at once. A police report can help you support your version of events and can help ensure that your accident is investigated. Most Florida truck accidents are serious, and you need to alert the authorities. Get a copy of the police report if you can or at least get the name of the police officer and other emergency personnel on the scene so that your attorney can get copies of any pertinent documentation.
4) As soon as it is safe to do so, collect evidence. Get the truck driver’s name, contact information, truck registration number, and the name of the carrier. Take video or photos of the accident scene and the vehicles involved. Keep your car – even if it is totaled. Keep copies of medical records and take photos of any injuries. The more evidence you have, the more evidence you have for your attorney.
5) Work with a qualified Florida truck accident attorney. Even if you think that your insurance company (or the truck company’s insurance carrier) will take care of you, get the advice of an attorney. Insurance companies are in business to make money – never forget that. In many cases, insurance companies do not consider all the associated costs of an accident or do not consider long-term costs, leaving you with thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses. A good attorney can help you uncover the true expenses of your accident and can help you negotiate for a fair recovery.
If you need an experienced Florida truck accident lawyer, contact the Flaxman Law Group to discuss your case. Your initial consultation is free. The Flaxman Law Group has helped thousands of Florida residents in Miami, Homestead, Hollywood, and throughout Southern Florida, so you know that with the Flaxman Law Group you are in good hands.