Truck accidents refer to an accident involving a semi-truck or other commercial truck. Getting into an accident with a semi-truck can have terrible consequences, so you should make sure you’re doing everything you can to receive the benefits and compensation you deserve. Even if you believe you’re at fault, hiring a Florida truck accident attorney to assess the circumstances surrounding the accident is a good way to protect yourself. In some cases, the fault may seem clear-cut, but in reality, the fault may be more complex.
Attorney Garnes can help determine who is truly at fault and what you’re entitled to. In some cases, the fault may lie with the truck driver’s employer, the company that owns the truck, the vehicle manufacturer, or even the government department that is responsible for maintaining the road.
If you’re in an accident with a semi-truck or other commercial truck, it’s important to do the following:
Before leaving the scene:
- Assess your condition to note any injuries, pain, or discomfort.
- Call the police to report the incident and request the paramedics, if necessary.
- When the police arrive, fill out the accident report.
- Exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver regardless of who’s at fault. This information should include:
- Name and contact information
- Insurance company and policy number
- License plate number
- Driver’s license number
- Make, model, and color of the vehicle
- Seek emergency medical attention, if necessary.
After leaving the scene:
- Contact Attorney Garnes to discuss your case and receive recommendations for what to do moving forward BEFORE you speak with any insurance companies
- Seek non-emergency medical attention within a day or two to assess your injuries and to have an official record of the incident.
- Contact your insurance company to report the accident and make a claim.
Settlements for truck accidents in Florida can include:
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Medical Expenses: Medical expenses include hospital stays, medications, exams, tests, physical therapy, and more. Settlements can also cover medical accessories, including crutches and walkers.
- Lost Wages: Being out of work after an accident or injury can result in lost wages. A personal injury settlement can require the person at fault to pay for lost wages, including lost future income.
- Property Damage: Property damage to a vehicle or other property involved can fall under the settlement with the liable party paying to replace or repair the damaged property.
- Emotional Harm: In some accidents, the victim is left with emotional harm and may be able to receive compensation for pain and suffering or therapy to handle the emotional issues that arose from the accident.
- Rental Vehicle: Liability insurance often covers the cost of a rental vehicle for one or both parties involved in the accident while their vehicle is being repaired or replaced.
- Replacement Services: In the case of No-Fault insurance or Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, the insurance company may offer reimbursement for hiring help to do chores you would do if you weren’t injured.