WHY TIME IS SO CRITICAL:
- The truck’s insurance company representatives and often times, the trucking company as well will be on the scene quickly to begin collecting information that they may be able to use later against any plaintiffs.
- The insurance company will almost immediately hire experienced attorneys who specialize in defending these accidents before you, an injured person even knows how severe your injuries are.
- Trucking companies may try to limit their liability by destroying evidence that at trial could be used by the plaintiff.
- By contacting the Law Offices of Herman & Wells soon after the accident, we can help by obtaining time sensitive items, like skid mark measurements, photos of the damage to the cars and trucks before they are altered or destroyed, obtaining video from local business and prevent documentation destruction by trucking companies and their insurance companies.
Because time is so critical, it is great to know what to do if you are involved in a collision with a semi or tractor trailer before one ever happens.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT INVOLVING A TRACTOR TRAILER:
First, contact the police (and paramedics if you or others are hurt). Be sure to discuss with police officers (and have them document in the police report) details the course of events that resulted in the collisions. Professional investigators may be utilized to sort through all of the documentation and related conditions to determine how and why the accident occurred.
If you have an opportunity, get pictures or videos of whatever evidence you can as soon as possible. If you are injured, you will not be comfortable walking around the scene doing this, so contact our office or even a close friend or relative come out and record the scene for you.
WHAT ABOUT MEDICAL TREATMENT?
Whether it is a semi/tractor trailer, automobile/automobile, automobile/motorcycle or pedestrian collision, seek medical attention at the local emergency room as soon as possible. Your body will mask pain for a few hours after a crash with endorphins. In the military they call this the “walking wounded.” People with life threatening spinal issues often only report slight burning sensations or dull discomfort in their body.
If you delay going to the emergency room, not only might you cause further injury to yourself by not getting checked out, the defense attorney will argue if you were injured at all in the collision, you would have gone to the hospital to get checked out. They will claim that your failure to do so is proof that you were not injured at all.
FLORIDA TRUCK COLLISION ATTORNEY
Herman & Wells is an experienced tractor trailer truck accident lawyer. He will go over with you the details of the case and process to help you understand what your options are, and immediately start doing what is necessary to get your full case prepared for not only negotiating with the insurance, but arguing to the jury if necessary.
Statutes of limitation may apply and can vary by state, so it is best to talk with a qualified attorney soon after an injury to determine if you have a valid claim.
There is no charge for an initial consultation. You owe us nothing unless we recover compensation for you.
Please contact Herman & Wells Attorney at Law online or call toll free 888-821-3195 or 727-821-3195.