Trucking Accident Lawyers in Hollywood, FL
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What do I do after a trucking accident?
Truck accidents can lead to devastating damages as many semi-trucks carry hazardous materials. Truck drivers are overworked and sometimes operate their vehicles for over 13 hours a day. Unfortunately, this has caused many of them to fall asleep behind the wheel, which can lead to traumatic results. Insurance companies often only offer compensation to your vehicle, which is not the extent of damages suffered after an accident. After a trucking accident, you may experience extreme pain and emotional trauma among other factors. Whether you’re driving a commercial or personal truck, it is important to follow these steps:
Move out of the way from traffic if possible.
After any road accident, you are required by law to stay at the scene of the crash. Before pulling out of traffic, put your hazards on to make others aware.
Report the accident to the police.
If anyone is injured or has been killed, dial 911 immediately. Otherwise, call the police to handle the accident accordingly. Upon arrival, an officer will assess the situation, and have you fill out an accident report and let you know what the next steps will be. Once you fill out your report, ask for a copy for your records.
Exchange information with the other party.
You will need the other party’s name, address, phone number and email address, as well as their insurance company and policy information. If you were hit by the truck driver, you will also need the license number for the driver of the truck and the name and contact information for the truck driver’s employer.
Document the accident.
Take photographs and video footage of the accident scene, any damages, and the location. These documents will be used as evidence to prove the severity of your injuries and the damages to your vehicle. These photographs may also be used to piece together what may have happened leading up to the crash.
Oftentimes, trucking accidents are a result of blind spots. Serious blind spots on a semi-truck are directly in front, directly behind and on each side. These blind spots are referred to as “no-zones.” Due to the truck’s size and height, the driver is unable to see cars and small trucks on either side of them, in front, and in back of the vehicle. A rule of thumb to keep in mind when driving alongside a semi-truck is to look for the driver’s face. If you are unable to see the driver’s face, then they cannot see you and you are in a blind spot. This is even more important to remember when thinking of cutting in front of a truck, as the front no-zone extends 20 feet and you are invisible to the driver.
In 2017, there were 38 fatalities in Florida as a result of a truck collision with 36,894 total collisions. The cost of a truck injury takes a toll on those who are involved, with common injuries ranging from whiplash to broken bones to a traumatic brain injury.
What are the common injuries caused by truck accidents?
Truck accidents can be devastating, and in many cases, fatal. It is important to understand the severity of these injuries as you move forward in seeking medical attention. The most common injury sustained after a trucking accident is head injury, and oftentimes, TBI (traumatic brain injury). After an accident, if you experience dizziness, nausea, or headaches, seek medical attention immediately, before these symptoms manifest into a more severe injury. Another common injury trucking accident a victim may experience is neck pain, which is usually a result of whiplash. The impact of a trucking accident may cause your head to jolt forward and backward in a very aggressive motion, contributing to whiplash and neck pain. The quicker you are to act on your injuries after a trucking accident, the more likely you will be to heal properly.
What are the common types of trucking accidents?
There are a variety of ways in which a truck may crash or be involved in an accident; the most damaging one being the ‘jackknife.’ When this happens, a large truck folds into itself, as a result of the trailer swinging outward. This can be most devastating on a highway, as it can cause a multi-vehicle accident while the trailer swings across each lane. Another common type of trucking accident occurs when the vehicle rolls over. This type of accident occurs when a driver attempts to turn, even slightly, and the centrifugal force leans away from the direction of the curve, causing the vehicle to overturn. The aforementioned types of trucking accidents are preventable if the driver knows how to handle their vehicle, however, unpreventable accidents can be extremely devastating. Tire blowouts can fall under this unpreventable and unforeseeable category if the trucking company and driver fail to perform regular maintenance checks.
How to recover compensation for truck accident?
Truck accidents cause severe damage, which is not only physical, but emotional, and can result in a loss of wages from being out of work. The lawyers at Scher and Scher Law Group, P.A. care about your well-being and want you to focus on your recovery. We are committed to helping you get the compensation you deserve after enduring a trucking accident. Give us a call today for a free consultation.
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