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 the pain and suffering caused by the accident as well as the resulting injuries. And if your loved one was killed in the accident, your family can file a wrongful death claim to help pay for additional expenses.
Friedman Rodman Frank & Estrada is a Miami personal injury law firm with extensive experience handling all types of automobile/trucking accidents on behalf of clients throughout South Florida. We take a unique, client-centered approach to each case we handle, ensuring our clients obtain a damages award that fully compensates them for what they’ve been through.Avoiding Florida Automobile/Trucking Accidents
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 the 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 the 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.Large Trucks Present Serious Dangers to Everyday Drivers
Even worse than automobile accidents are accidents involving large trucks 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 treatment thereafter. Even after surgery, a patient can become permanently disabled or need ongoing treatment or physical therapy for the rest of their lives.Speak With a Miami Automobile/Trucking Accidents Lawyer About Your Case Today
When bringing a personal injury or wrongful death case against a negligent driver or company, it’s very difficult for you to determine the appropriate value of a claim. Several factors are involved, such as determining the financial losses, emotional consequences, liability issues, 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 Frank & Estrada are all experienced Miami auto accident attorneys who want the best for you and your family. Please call us today for a free consultation toll-free at (877) 448-8585.