Being involved in a motor vehicle accident is always a serious matter, but perhaps even more so if a commercial truck is involved. Even a seemingly insignificant driving infraction can become a catastrophe in a truck accident. If you or your loved one is injured in a commercial truck accident, there are some specific things that you should do.
First, you are encouraged to say nothing more than necessary. If a police officer asks you questions, by all means answer truthfully. However, don’t offer any more information than what is asked for. In particular, don’t apologize or say that the accident is your fault.
Do report the accident and do see a doctor right away. Even if you don’t think you need medical attention, you may be injured and not realize it. Remember that according to Florida’s Personal Injury Protection law, you must get a medical evaluation within 14 days of your accident in order to qualify for PIP insurance coverage. As with any accident, you should file a report with your insurance company immediately following a truck accident.
It’s also important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after the accident has occurred. An attorney experienced in personal injury claims arising from commercial truck accidents will be able to help you to preserve the evidence in your case and begin filing a claim.
An attorney will also begin investigating your case, obtaining information about the truck driver’s driving records, the semi-truck’s maintenance records, the driver’s log books, any witness statements, police reports and other information that could be crucial to your case. Your attorney will also begin gathering experts to offer testimony at trial that could help you to receive the compensation you deserve.