Many people do not know what to do after a truck accident, but you can take some key steps to protect yourself.
Safety is your top priority. Contact emergency medical services right away if you or another party involved in the accident suffered a personal injury. You should also get in touch with local law enforcement services to properly report and document the truck accident.
From here, you should work to collect and preserve any relevant details related to the truck accident. Photos of the accident scene and any vehicle damage may serve as valuable pieces of evidence in the later stages of your case. Taking videos may also help to further establish critical details at the scene of the accident.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), maintaining a safe following distance is one of the keys to responsible driving. When other drivers fail to maintain a safe distance, they generate problems for themselves and other vehicles. This is particularly true when large vehicles, such as trucks, enter the picture. Capturing evidence at the scene of the accident may help to establish the presence of certain driver errors, such as a failure to maintain a safe following distance.
Once you have collected evidence, you should exchange information with other parties related to the incident. Hiring a lawyer after taking these steps will help you in some key ways. A lawyer will take care of necessary correspondence with other drivers, insurance agents, law enforcement, and other parties connected to the incident.
Your lawyer will also go after forms of financial compensation that you may be owed. If another party caused your injuries, you might be able to collect compensation to pay for your past and future medical bills. However, negotiating for these potential forms of compensation is often challenging for accident victims. A lawyer will step in to handle the negotiations process on your behalf as they communicate with other drivers, insurance companies, and law enforcement officers.
As the statute of limitations in Florida Statutes §95.11 (3)(a) shows, those who sustain a personal injury in Florida have a four-year period in which they may take legal action. Acting outside of this statute of limitations usually leaves victims with few options for justice. When you are involved in a truck accident, taking prompt action could make a difference in the outcome of your case. Giving a lawyer ample notice enables them to begin collecting evidence, investigating the truck accident, and compiling a case that represents your legal position.
Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Today
If you are confused about what to do after a truck accident, a lawyer could help you. The team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you collect evidence, identify a liable party, and pursue financial compensation that you may be eligible to collect. For more information, call our office today at 1-800-747-3733. We go the extra mile and offer responsive legal care.