The sights, smells and sounds that accompany an accident involving an 18-wheeler are not something you will soon forget. Nevertheless, sensory memories are more than likely the least of your concerns at the moment. The size and weight of the truck that slammed into your smaller, passenger vehicle may have caused you significant injuries, and you may consider filing a personal injury claim in a Florida civil court.
You could be out of work for an indefinite amount of time. You may amass quite a substantial amount of medical bills. You may also be looking at a future much different from the one you had prior to the crash, especially if a full recovery from your injuries may not be possible. Even if you can fully recover, it will undoubtedly take time.
Before a claim is filed, a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding the accident needs to be conducted. The truck driver’s log book is always a good place to start. This may reveal whether the driver was fatigued.
A review of his or her cell phone records could indicate texting while driving. The mechanical condition of the truck may also come into question. Of course, it may also be possible that the driver was intoxicated or on drugs at the time.
Determining the factors that led to the truck accident are important to any personal injury claim you file. In order to prevail, you will need to show that your injuries were the result of the truck driver’s negligence. If the evidence establishes that to the satisfaction of a Florida court, you could be awarded damages to help the financial losses you sustained in connection with the crash.