An auto accident of any kind can be a jarring experience, but this is particularly the case when it comes to 18-wheeler accidents. When standard-size passenger vehicles collide with 18-wheelers, serious injuries are virtually imminent. Please continue reading to learn more about these accidents and how a seasoned Jacksonville truck accident lawyer from Ansbacher Law can help you get the compensation you deserve and need to heal if you’ve been hurt in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What should I know about 18-wheeler accidents in Florida?
The first thing you should understand about these accidents is that they are, unfortunately, far from rare. In fact, over 180,00 people are injured, on average, in accidents involving commercial trucks annually. This is a staggering number. Perhaps even more harrowing is the fact that each year, thousands of people are fatally injured in commercial truck accidents here in the United States.
The truth is, these accidents are so devastating in large part due to the sheer size and weight of trucks. In fact, semi trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, whereas the standard sedan weighs roughly 3,000-4,000 pounds. It is no surprise, then, just how devastating accidents involving commercial trucks and sedans can be.
What should I do if I’m hurt in such an accident?
If you’re injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, once you call the police to the scene of the accident so they can write up a report and get you the medical treatment you need, you should do what you can to document the incident, if at all possible. This can include:
- Gathering eyewitness contact information
- Taking pictures of any damage caused by the accident
- Keeping copies of all medical documentation regarding your injuries
- Getting the trucker’s insurance information
Finally, once you’ve documented the accident and received medical attention, you should make it a point to retain the services of a competent Jacksonville personal injury lawyer who can help guide you through the personal injury claims process. Our firm has decades of experience representing wrongfully injured clients. We know how to negotiate for a favorable settlement, and if one isn’t provided, we are prepared to take your case to court and fight for the maximum compensation on your behalf. If you have any further questions or you believe you may have a valid truck accident case, simply contact us online or give us a call today.