Commercial truck accidents can be very different from typical vehicle collisions. Injuries might be more severe and your anxiety is likely to be sky high, adding frustration and confusion to an already stressful situation. It is important to understand a few key steps recommended by commercial vehicle accident attorneys in Tampa when you have been hurt in a truck accident.
The first and most important step after any accident is to seek medical attention. Your health and safety come first. Even if you don’t notice any injuries, you may still want to get checked out as some injuries may not be immediately clear. You will have high amounts of adrenaline at the scene of the accident, which can prevent you from fully understanding or realizing the extent of your injuries.
If you do not feel that you need immediate medical attention, but find yourself in need of help later on after injuries such as whiplash have set in, do not hesitate to seek medical attention and make sure that you ask for copies of the medical records. Further, make sure to follow up with doctors and physical therapists as directed. You may have a limited time to seek medical treatment for an accident and may find it helpful to consult with commercial vehicle accident attorneys in Tampa if you feel injuries begin a few days or weeks after an accident.
At the scene of the accident, most insurance and trucking companies will require a police report. Even if the police are filing a report, you still should write down key information from the other driver. This includes:
Remember, it might take days or even weeks to receive a requested copy of the police report. Any information you are able to gather or obtain from the scene can give your attorney a jump start in handling your case.
At the scene of the accident, take plenty of photos of the damage, the position of the truck and your vehicle, and anything else you find pertinent. These photos may become important to insurance companies and in the case of a lawsuit.
Document any medical expenses and any impact your injuries have on your day-to-day life in the days and weeks after the accident.
The truck driver may be liable for the accident as well as the company employing them, and if regulations were not being followed by the truck driver, there may be additional issues at hand. Simply knowing who to contact to handle your claim can be overwhelming. Commercial truck accident lawyers in Tampa with Inkelaar Law can help contact the proper parties and work to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
If you have been injured by a commercial truck, you may be entitled to compensation. An attorney with Inkelaar Law can help you understand your options, whether you choose settlement or to take the case to trial.
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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.