A prompt investigation into a tractor-trailer accident can be important to a negligence case says Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne.
The semi-trucks you see on South Florida’s highways and local streets commonly weigh up to 80,000 pounds or about the weight of twenty cars. If that truck is up to speed and hits another vehicle tremendous force is brought to bear, frequently causing serious injuries and death to those on the receiving end. Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne warns drivers to take action if they’ve been involved in such an accident. Get information about truck accidents from a legal truck accident expert.
If you are involved in a truck accident, survive and are conscious, you are probably so dazed you may not even remember the accident, let alone be aware of how injured you truly are. Seek medical attention immediately. If there’s any question about your health, ask for an ambulance to come to the scene. At the very least have a family member or friend drive you to the nearest hospital to get examined.
After getting medical care, contact our office. I frequently talk to people who delay reaching out until they know exactly what their injuries are. You should call sooner than later and avoid waiting for a final diagnosis from a doctor because every personal injury case starts with the ability to find out what insurance may cover for the accident and to what amount. Not knowing that makes it difficult to decide what’s appropriate to do.
Our clients work with us while they’re being treated and going through rehabilitation. It’s not either or, adds tractor-trailer accident attorney Osborne. We work up the case and investigate the accident while you work towards a recovery.
Compensation for these accidents varies widely. There may be any number of parties involved in a tractor-trailer accident case, different insurance policies and different types of compensation that may be available in a truck accident case. The injuries caused in these accidents may be very significant because of the weight, size and force of the impact.
Some of the compensation can include:
- Lost wages (due to time missed from work because you’re unable to do your job).
- The cost of your medical care, treatment and rehabilitation (you’re entitled to be compensated for what you have incurred up to the time of trial and what your physician predicts you’ll need in the future).
- The value of your pain and suffering (which would be decided by a jury who should consider the medical procedures you have had, the future procedures that are anticipated and what your doctor says about how much your injuries are limiting your life).
After a Florida truck accident you have four years to file a lawsuit. Those four years are called the statute of limitations. If you don’t file your case within this time your legal right to recovery may be forever lost so it’s important to reach out to a truck accident attorney well ahead of that deadline. You should do it right away because an investigation needs to be conducted and it’s much easier to do when we start soon after the accident. In addition to reviewing possible insurance coverage it will include:
- Finding the facts and circumstances of the accident.
- Obtaining police reports.
- Hiring an expert to recreate the accident to come up with a cause.
- Finding and preserving driver logs, repair documents, video footage or photos of the accident.
If you or a family member have been injured in a tractor trailer accident in Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm Beach Counties and have any questions about accident law, contact Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. We can talk about the situation, how the law could apply in your case and the best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.