There are few things more jarring, and potentially devastating than being involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler. Unfortunately, these accidents happen more than you may think, which is why here at Ansbacher Law, our goal is to help you recover from any injuries you have wrongfully sustained. Though these accidents may leave you in a state of shock, it is always best to have a plan in place to ensure that you maximize your chances of winning a future personal injury claim. Those steps are as follows:
- First, you should call 911. The police, as well as an ambulance, will be sent to the scene of the accident. Your health is of paramount concern, so this should always be the first action you take.
- From here, politely ask the truck driver for his/her insurance information, though keep conversation to a minimum and do not apologize under any circumstances.
- Next, you should take pictures of the scene of the accident, including any damage to your car, the truck, and any property involved in the accident.
- Once you are treated at a hospital, ask your doctor for medical documentation relating to the origin and severity of your injuries, as you may use this to further prove your injury claim.
- Retain the services of a knowledgeable Florida personal injury attorney who knows how to prove that you were injured as a direct result of truck driver negligence. Oftentimes, trucks are equipped with a device that records the speed at which it was traveling at the time of your accident. In certain cases, we can subpoena this data to prove that you were injured as a result of a speeding truck driver, for example.
- Once we file your claim, ensure you do not post on social media until the claim is resolved. If you post anything that even remotely contradicts your claim, the insurance companies may use it against you. Do not let this happen.
How long will I have to sue a truck driver in the state of Florida?
Every state has a statute of limitations in place regarding the length of time you have to take legal action against the party who caused your injuries. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida is, generally, four years, you will, generally, have four years from the date of your accident to sue the truck driver responsible. We are ready to begin the claims process on your behalf–all you have to do is ask.
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Ansbacher Law is composed of knowledgeable attorneys who are ready to assist clients with various legal matters throughout North Florida. We understand the urgency of your personal injury claim and additional legal matters, which is why we provide each of our clients with compassionate and efficient legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for an initial consultation today.