Automobile and trucking accidents are always unexpected. If you’re involved in an accident, you and your loved ones can be faced with life-threatening injuries, large medical bills, lost wages and other expenses. When the other driver is at fault, it is your right to recover damages from the responsible party. In addition to medical bills and lost wages, you’re also entitled to receive financial compensation for you and your family’s pain and suffering caused by the injuries and treatment. And if your loved one was killed in the accident, your family can file a wrongful death claim to help pay for additional expenses.
Even the most careful drivers can become involved in serious accidents. Although most accidents cannot be avoided, there are steps you can take to be more prepared:
- Carry warning triangles and emergency flares in your trunk.
- Keep a sharpened pencil in your glove department so you can easily take down any pertinent information.
- Keep a card with you that has all relevant medical information for you and your family.
- Call the police for all accidents, no matter how minor.
- In minor accidents, move all vehicles out of the way of traffic.
- Call your insurance agency as soon as possible.
- Do not sign any documents unless it’s for the police.
- If possible, collect information from witnesses.
- Limit any discussion of the accident to the police.
- Do not leave the scene before police arrive.
No one wants to be in an accident or go through the pain and stress that occurs after the accident, but when an accident occurs, it’s important to remain calm and keep a level head. Unfortunately accidents are all too common on our roads today.
Even worse than automobile accidents are accidents involving large truck such as semis, tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers. These accidents are far more severe and debilitating because of the sheer size and magnitude of the vehicle. When a large truck hits an automobile, oftentimes the driver of the automobile ends up being severely injured or killed. In these cases the company that owns the truck can be held accountable because they hired the negligent driver. However, their insurance company will also become very involved in the case and immediately begin an investigation into the crash. The insurance company will first take recorded statements about what happened, have the automobile examined, take photos of the vehicles and obtain the police report to aid in their case. More than likely, the insurance company will try to reach a quick settlement with the automobile driver or their family. This is done so the insurance company as well as the trucking company can avoid any and all future medical expenses or other expenses that may come up in the future. It’s important not to take a quick settlement because sometimes injuries can take several months before completely surfacing. And at that point, the patient may need corrective surgery and post-treatment. Even after surgery, a patient can become permanently disabled or need ongoing treatment or physical therapy.
When bringing a personal injury or wrongful death case against a negligent driver or company, it’s very difficult to determine the appropriate value of a claim. Several factors are involved, such as determining the financial losses, liability issues, and the extent of the injuries and even the nature of the injuries. All of these factors, as well as others, are very important to your case. These are the factors that lawyers will use when evaluating your case. The lawyers at Friedman, Rodman and Frank are all experienced Miami auto accident attorneys who want the best for you and your family. Please call us today for a free consultation at 305-448-8585 or toll free at 877-448-8585.