Given the size and weight of 18-wheelers, it should come as no surprise that truck accidents are especially dangerous and result in a high number of catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Collisions involving semi-trucks number in the hundreds of thousands every year and have contributed to an average of nearly 5,000 deaths annually over the past decade.
Because the trucking industry is governed by varying internal, state and federal regulations, truck accident cases require specialized knowledge. If you were injured or a family member suffered wrongful death due to the negligence of a truck driver, the experiencedSarasota accident attorneys at Luhrsen Law Group are ready to help you and your family recover the financial compensation you need.
Adhering to the following steps can help ensure you have the basis for a strong personal injury claim following a truck accident.
Assess Injuries, Receive Medical Attention
First and most importantly, assess yourself and your passengers for any potential injuries. Consult with emergency responders or medical personnel immediately.
The symptoms of some injuries may not be readily apparent, and it’s best to undergo medical evaluation even if you do not believe you’ve been injured. Also, do not ignore seemingly minor discomfort such as neck or back pain; these can be early symptoms of long-term conditions.
Dealing with Authorities, Insurance Companies
Cooperate with the police, and answer their questions honestly and fully. The authorities are there to document the truck accident objectively and accurately. If the truck driver is at fault, the police accident report will be vital in proving your claim.
Likewise, provide factual information regarding the truck accident to your insurance company. Do not, however, admit fault to your insurance company or the insurance provider of the truck driver (or to anyone else). Do not make any statement to the truck driver’s insurance company without first consulting with an experienced truck accident attorney.
Collect as much information as possible about the accident itself and the circumstances surrounding the collision. Some specific information to note includes:
- Names and contact information of other involved drivers
- Names and contact information for any witnesses
- Insurance information of other involved drivers
- Driver’s license numbers of involved drivers
- Vehicle make, model, license plate numbers and VIN numbers of involved vehicles
- Conditions (weather, construction, road, etc.) in which the accident occurred
If possible, take photographs or video of vehicle damage and resulting injuries. Calling the knowledgeable Sarasota and Bradenton accident lawyers at Luhrsen Law Group as soon as possible following the collision is critical to helping preserve valuable evidence that may be used to support your claim.
If you were injured or a family member was killed in an accident caused by a negligent truck driver in the Bradenton, Sarasota or surrounding areas of Florida, please contact the truck accident attorneys at Luhrsen Law Group to schedule a free case consultation.