When should I seek legal representation to recover costs from an accident involving a commercial vehicle?
The majority of accidents causing injuries or fatalities on Florida’s roadways involve collisions with large commercial vehicles: tractor trailers, semi-trucks, agricultural vehicles/equipment, and fire trucks. Many of these accidents result from inadequate driver training and driver fatigue and could have been prevented if the proper precautions had been put into place.
As with any auto accident, the impact can extend far beyond the damages to your vehicle. Unfortunately, there are often long-lasting emotional effects, physical injuries and financial burdens that accompany an auto accident. In addition to the costs to repair your vehicle, there are also medical bills and lost wages because of your time out of work.
Which circumstances influence the recovery of costs from an accident involving a commercial vehicle?
Compensation is often awarded to individuals who have been injured because of the negligence of another driver. Depending upon the severity of the accident with the commercial vehicle and the contributing factors causing the accident, recovery costs may be available for medical bills, disfigurement, pain and suffering or lost wages.
What should I do if I’m in an accident with a commercial vehicle?
It is helpful to take pictures of the damage to your vehicle, the scene of the accident, and your injuries. Seek needed medical attention immediately.
After seeking treatment for your injuries, keep copies of all of your medical bills, including those that are covered by insurance, and your work absence slips. You may choose to write down your concerns about the medical treatment you received or the pain that was caused by your injuries. Keep all evidence from the scene of the accident.
Insurance companies may contact you for information about the accident or to persuade you to prematurely accept a financial settlement. Before you speak with an insurance company, contact me. I will make sure that you are not bullied or rushed into making a decision that isn’t right for you.