Get legal help after tractor-trailer accidents.
Tractor trailers are responsible for over a quarter of all of the deaths caused by vehicle accidents. About half a million large trucks, tractor trailers, and semi trucks are involved in traffic accidents every year.
Big trucks are dangerous. The main reason is weight. A semi can weigh over 80,000 lbs when its fully loaded. The average car weighs about 4,000 lbs. Even at low speeds, the weight of large trucks causes a huge energy transfer into a car that can significantly damage a car and severely injury the people inside the car.
Time is critical after tractor-trailer accidents.
The truck’s insurance company representatives and the trucking company will be on the scene quickly to begin collecting information that they may be able to use later against any people who were hurt by the truck.
The insurance company will almost immediately hire attorneys who specialize in defending these accidents before you even know how severe your injuries are.
Trucking companies may even try to get rid of evidence that might help your case.
How we can help you legally after an accident with a semi-truck.
We help our clients following an accident with a semi-truck 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 document destruction by trucking companies and their insurance companies. We get police reports, hire experts, and deal with the insurance company for you. We do all this to obtain the evidence we will need down the road to help convince the insurance company to pay the fair, right amount in a settlement, or to prove the case to a jury in a trial.
What to do if you are involved in an accident with 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) how the collision happened.
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 someone to come out and record the scene for you, like a close friend or relative. If you call us soon enough, we will go to the scene and take pictures and videos for you.
Seeking medical treatment after tractor-trailer accidents
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 semi truck collision attorney
We are experienced tractor-trailer truck accident lawyers. We will go over with you the details of the case during a free case evaluation 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 company for the trucking company but arguing to the jury if necessary.
There is no charge for an initial consultation. You owe us nothing unless we recover compensation for you.