What Should You Do After a Florida Trucking Accident?
If you are involved in a Florida collision with a semi-trailer truck, you are likely upset and injured. While every crash is different, there are some steps that should be taken after every Florida truck/vehicle collision:
- Call the Florida Police
In most cases a collision with a semi-truck will block traffic or substantially reduce the flow of traffic. Additionally, you or your passengers may have injuries. Not only is it important to seek the assistance of the local police to help with traffic, a police report can be one of your most important pieces of evidence. The police report will include:
- The semi truck driver’s contact and personal information (If he works for a trucking company, make sure you ask the police to get that contact information as well.)
- The name of his insurance company and that of his employer
- A diagram of the accident scene
- Witnesses’ names and contact information
- Weather conditions
- Notations of any tickets the truck driver received.
- Take Photographs of the Florida Collision
Use your camera or cell phone to take photographs of the accident scene. Include photos of the truck and your car. Specifically, photograph the point of impact. Look for skid marks as well. Try to photograph the truck driver and any witnesses. Look for damaged signs or other evidence of the collision.
- Take Notes Describing a Florida Accident
If you don’t have a memo pad, write on any paper you can find. If not, type the information into your cell phone. Write down any observations that you make at the scene of the collision. Be sure to note any admissions the truck driver may make like, “I’m sorry,” or “I didn’t see you.” The same goes for witnesses who may have heard admissions the driver made.
- Get Contact Information and Statements From Witnesses
Witnesses and their statements can be invaluable in your claim against the truck driver or the truck company. Be sure to get as much contact information as possible especially since you may want to get back to these witnesses sometime after the road workers clear the accident. Make sure you write down what the witness saw, especially if they saw the trucker run a red light or failed to yield.
- Look for Florida Surveillance Cameras
Look for surveillance cameras close to the accident scene and note their location. You can find them attached to businesses, schools, or city or state owned light poles that take photographs of intersections or railroad crossings.
- Return to the Scene
When you are well enough it is important to return to the scene. It may be important to measure skid marks and photograph any signs or other solid objects that someone may have moved since the day of the accident.
Damages for a Florida Truck Accident
When you have sustained injuries in a trucking accident, it is important to speak to an experienced Florida trucking accident attorney to discuss a settlement with the insurance company and to file a claim on your behalf where necessary. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries including:
- Abrasions, contusions, scrapes, bruises and cuts
- Sprained or torn ligaments, tendons or muscles
- Whiplash and back strain
- Fractured and broken bones
- Disk hernias
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
In addition to compensation for injuries, you may be able to receive compensation for:
- Out-of-pocket expenses for things like prescriptions, bandages, crutches
- Costs of gasoline and parking fees when commuting to medical treatment
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering and emotional distress
- Loss of consortium (loss of intimacy with your spouse)
- Loss of companionship and mentorship with loved ones like children and grandchildren
Contact a Florida Truck Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one were involved in an accident with a large truck the team of experienced trucking accident attorneys at the Dolman Law Group in Florida can make certain that you obtain all of the compensation that you deserve for your injuries and related losses. To protect your rights, it is important to speak to a Florida trucking accident attorney as soon as possible. Please call our office at 727-451-6900 today.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756