The first thing you should do while at the scene of your Orlando truck accident is to remain at the scene, as the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles explains is necessary to avoid being implicated in a hit and run. As you remain on the scene, you may also:
- Find a safe location so that you avoid being injured any further than you already may be
- Call 9-1-1 if nobody has done so already
- Obtain the license number, license plate number, and contact information for others involved in your accident
- Obtain insurance information from the person whose vehicle collided with yours
- Accept an ambulance ride to the hospital if you feel that you are injured, as your injuries could be more serious than you initially believe
Your insurance company may play a central role in your post-accident agenda, but you may want to speak with a lawyer before making the call to your insurance company.
A Lawyer May Protect You From Making Misstatements
The statements that you do or do not make in the minutes, hours, and days after an Orlando truck accident could have great consequences. While it is important to be truthful, there may be no need to rush into making any statements to your insurance company, law enforcement officials, or another person’s insurance company.
Your insurance company may advise you to call them while at the scene of your accident, but you may want to wait to speak with a lawyer or their team before doing so—they could tell you what to do after leaving the scene of your Orlando truck accident.
You may speak with a lawyer because:
- Statements that you make in the immediate aftermath of your accident could be affected by you being in a shocked state, being impaired by brain trauma that you are not yet aware of, or being generally agitated
- There may be no real benefit in rushing to make a statement related to insurance, while there could be great downside if you misspeak or make a statement—like an assertion that you were not seriously injured—that could prove to be false
- A lawyer may be able to warn you of the gravity of any statement you make to an insurance official, and may prepare you for questions that they may be likely to ask after your accident
Remember that an insurance company may not necessarily have your best interests in mind when they are speaking with you, but that a lawyer may consider preserving your ability to obtain fair compensation as their primary objective. For this reason, you may want to consult a lawyer before speaking with an insurance company after a truck accident.
How a Lawyer May Represent You
A lawyer may:
- Collect evidence relevant to your case
- Draft and file your lawsuit
- Obtain witness and expert testimony for your lawsuit
- Negotiate a settlement
- Take your case to trial
- Defend your rights
Your lawyer’s goal may be to obtain the compensation to which you are entitled from those responsible for your accident—no more, no less.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Today
A lawyer should go the extra mile for you, and that is what the team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will do. You do not have to pursue the compensation you deserve on your own.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-407-500-4000 for more information about our brand of responsive legal care.