Every day, thousands of large tractor trailers travel America’s streets and highways, carrying the merchandise and other goods that keep our chain of supply running smoothly. But the numbers show that they’re also involved in a disproportionate number of fatal accidents. According to the federal Department of Transportation, large trucks accounted for just three percent of registered vehicles and 8 percent of vehicle miles traveled in 2005, but were involved in 12 percent of traffic fatalities that year. Worse, the majority of those deaths — 76 percent — were sustained by occupants of the smaller vehicles.
At the law firm of Andres N. Oliveros, P.A., we assist clients in personal injury cases involving car crashes, truck accidents, and other types of motor vehicle accidents. If you have been injured in a trucking accident, you need an accident attorney who understands the law and can get you the compensation you deserve. If you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, you may have a case for wrongful death.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, even one where your injuries only become fully apparent days later, you may face long and difficult medical treatments and mounting stacks of medical and household bills. Resolving insurance issues can be complicated, and if you are not familiar with the process, you risk missing an important deadline, damaging your case with an innocent comment to an insurance adjuster, or failing to identify a source of compensation for your loss. You do not have to handle this alone.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and let us serve your best interests.
What to do if you are in an accident
- Stop immediately and try to remove yourself from harm’s way. Stay calm, and do what you can to avoid blocking traffic. Be careful not to place yourself, your family, or other victims in a position where they may be hit by a passing vehicle or further harmed.
- See if anyone is hurt. Give as much aid as possible, but try not to move any person who is injured, if it can be avoided.
- Call 911 immediately for help and fully cooperate with police officers and emergency personnel. Provide the information necessary to explain what happened, but do not give your opinions, such as assuming you are guilty or at fault.
- Get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all witnesses, if possible. Make a mental note of what witnesses say, like “The blue car did not stop at the intersection.”
- Immediately go to the hospital, if you think you are injured or in pain, or if emergency personnel or others at the scene think you should go. They are the professionals on the scene who may be better able to evaluate your condition.
- Seek treatment from a doctor or other health care provider of your choice immediately, if you are hurt, in addition to going to the hospital. Do not allow the insurance company to choose your doctor. Report all injuries to your doctor, even those that seem minor. Sometimes an injury that does not initially seem to be severe is a serious injury that can cause lifelong pain and suffering. So it is important to advise the doctor of all medical concerns.
- Take many pictures of all bodily injuries, particularly wounds, bruises, any medical devices, and hospital visits that are required. Remember, you need a record of all that you suffered to allow others to know the seriousness of your injuries.
- Take pictures of wrecked cars, victims, witnesses, the entire accident scene, and anything else that is relevant, if possible.
- Inform your insurance company of the car collision, as soon as it is practically possible. Again, before signing or giving any recorded statements, consult an attorney.
- Do not sign anything from an insurance adjuster, if one shows up at the scene, at the hospital, or at your home. Also, do not give any statements to the adjuster without consulting a Florida accident lawyer.
- Call the law firm of Andres N. Oliveros, P.A. Attorney Andres N. Oliveros has helped clients like you get the compensation they deserve for their injuries.