Being involved in an accident with a semi-truck will alter your life. Everything from that very moment will change. Trucking accidents are often catastrophic for the passenger vehicle involved due to the size and weight of the commercial vehicle. If you have been involved in a truck accident, there are certain steps you should take immediately following the event.
Seek Medical Care
In most cases, immediate medical care is necessary when there is a truck related accident. The injuries are so serious that first responders are immediately called. However, if you have been “lucky” enough to only have received what you believe are minor injuries, make sure that you are evaluated by the hospital at the time of the accident.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s), neck and spinal injuries, and organ damage are all very common injuries in a truck accident. A bad headache or stomach ache that you are experiencing at the accident scene may not be a result of being upset by the accident, these symptoms are also signs of serious injuries. An immediate medical exam will protect your rights as a victim in the event that the injuries are more serious than they immediately appear.
When your injuries have been stabilized, write down everything that you remember about the event. Document everything that you can think of, including the weather and anything around you that you might remember. All of this information is relevant to your case.
You will also want to begin keeping a diary of your injuries and how it impacts your life. Document doctor and therapy visits and what happens during the visits. Document services you have had to purchase because you cannot perform the tasks. Document how you physically and emotionally feel and how this injury has impacted your loved ones.
Speak To A Jacksonville Attorney
You will want to speak to a Jacksonville attorney that represents cases involving truck accidents. An attorney will be able to manage all of the legal aspects of your case and ensure that you are treated fairly by the insurance company.
Your attorney will protect your rights as a victim of an accident and work with the insurer to negotiate a settlement that is compete and fair and covers all of your losses.