If you’re involved in a commercial vehicle accident, the first thing that you should do is check to determine if anyone in your car is seriously hurt. The next steps are to move to a safe location, call for help and start collecting evidence at the crash scene. It may also be a good idea to contact a Florida accident attorney who may be able to represent your interests.
Get as much information about the commercial driver as possible
At a minimum, you should get the name, phone number and driver’s license number of the motorist who caused the crash to occur. You’ll also want to obtain a copy of that person’s insurance card. Finally, if the truck was owned by another person or entity, be sure to get as much information about that party as possible. If you are too hurt to gather this data on your own, the police officer who responds to the scene may be able to gather it on your behalf.
You’ll likely need to submit a statement to your insurance provider
There is a good chance that you’ll need to make a written statement as part of your insurance claim. It is important that you only provide general information about the motor vehicle accident such as what road the crash occurred on or what time it happened. Your attorney will likely want to review your statement before it’s submitted to the insurance company.
If you’re hurt in a commercial vehicle crash, you may receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages. An attorney may be able to use a police report, witness statements or other evidence to establish that your crash was caused by a drunk, distracted or otherwise negligent driver.