18-Wheeler Truck Accidents
It is an all too common occurrence—you or your loved one is driving home after a relaxing day at the beach, after a long day at the office, or after a quick trip to the grocery store, and it happens. You or your loved one never saw it coming. Stopped at a red light or driving through an intersection, and suddenly comes the brutal force of an 18-wheeler semi-truck smashing into you or your loved one’s vehicle. In that instant, in that split-second, lives are changed forever. While at that moment and in the hours and days after, hiring an attorney may not be of importance to you, it needs to be. Both short-term and long-term needs will arise after a truck accident, and having an attorney you trust to assist you from the beginning will be of great benefit to you. If you need an 18-wheeler Miami truck accident attorney, please contact at 305-595-2400 as soon as possible to discuss your rights.
What We Can Help You With Immediately After a Trucking Accident:
It is vital to retain an experienced truck accident attorney in Miami as quickly as possible after a traumatic accident for several reasons. Initially, it is critical that medical providers fully and properly document all information related to injuries sustained and the treatment they provide. Documenting injuries and treatment properly for purposes of receiving high-quality medical care is not necessarily the same thing as documenting injuries to use medical records after the accident in a lawsuit. What is important to your health care providers may not tell the full story of the accident, and ensuring that medical records tell the full story of an accident is crucial. The failure of medical records to accurately do so can seriously jeopardize an injured person’s chance of fully recovering the damages to which he or she may be entitled. Many of the questions to ask and requests to make are not intuitive, but our attorneys are extremely familiar with medical records and with what is often missing from them. Accordingly, our attorneys will help you understand the right questions to ask and the right requests to make of physicians and other care takers to ensure proper documentation of injuries.
Equally as important and urgent is ensuring that all physical evidence is adequately preserved. No one person or organization is responsible for safeguarding physical evidence, other than you and your attorney. First responders concentrate on clearing up an accident scene quickly for the safety of the public. While physical evidence, namely vehicles, will be transported away from the accident scene, great care must be taken with vehicles and other physical evidence after the accident scene is cleared. If this does not occur, there is a risk that the physical evidence will be compromised. Typically, police or sheriff’s departments will store vehicles involved in a serious accident at impound lots. After a certain period of time, however, arrangements must be made for relocation and safe keeping of the vehicles.
While making these arrangement sounds like a rather easy task, it can be quite difficult to accomplish. Attention must be paid to ensure that appropriate documentation is kept addressing the both the location and the details of transportation of any physical evidence. Additionally, transportation and storage of damaged 18-wheel trucks can be problematic to arrange because of the size of the vehicles. Depending on the state of the vehicle(s) in question, it may be necessary to fully examine or test it prior to relocation. Moving the vehicle may damage it further or otherwise can change its condition such that it is no longer in a similar condition to its post-accident state. If this happens, it could be impossible to obtain accurate information about the nature and cause(s) of the accident. These testing, transportation, and storage issues all involve a thorough familiarly with the laws of evidence of the State of Florida, professional judgment regarding when and what type of evidence testing is appropriate, and knowledge regarding reliable transportation and testing companies. You should not have to figure out the answers to these questions—you should focus on recovery. Let the attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, take care of these issues for you.
Insurance Coverage and Medical Expenses:
In the weeks and months after an injury, a different type of challenge emerges--the confusing maze of insurance coverage issues and medical expenses. Without a doubt, the medical bills will start coming quickly. Depending on the nature of injuries, medical bills can quickly reach tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Subject to the existence and quality of medical insurance, your and your family could be responsible for a significant portion of these expenses. Accordingly, families are often completely overwhelmed by the question of how they are going to pay for the medical bills associated with a severe trucking accident injury. Our attorneys understand the complexities of insurance-related billing issues and know how to protect your interest to the maximum extent allowable by law.
It is also important to make sure that you keep copies of all medical bills, explanations of benefits, and related documentation. While your health care provider and insurance company will keep copies of these and must provide them upon request, not having to wait for production of these documents until the lawsuit has advanced to the discovery phase is extraordinarily helpful.
What an Attorney Can Help You With Months and Years After an Accident:
If an 18-wheel truck in an accident seriously injures you or your family member, it is incredibly likely that a lawsuit will be necessary to fully recover the damages to which you or your family member is entitled. Quite simply, you do not want to represent yourself in such a lawsuit. Lawsuits of this type are very emotional in nature, and are often rather prolonged, lasting years. You do not want to face these difficulties alone. Beyond such concerns are those of navigating the legal system itself—a system that can be complicated and unforgiving. One mistake can make the difference between success and failure. The attorneys at our law firm have decades of combined experience and know the ins and outs of the system we work within.
Finally, and by far the most difficult and frightening task you or your loved one will face after dealing with a tragic accident is understanding how to put lives back together and move forward. 18-wheel truck accidents frequently involve permanent injuries, and you and your family may need to make accommodations in all aspects of your life. Having represented hundreds of individuals injured in traumatic accidents over many decades, our attorneys have developed strong relationships with all types of professionals and service providers that you or your loved one may need to rebuild your or their life. These professionals and service providers include health care providers, financial professionals, and home remodeling and construction professionals. Selection of these professionals will have a profound effect on your life, so it is important that you and your family work with only superior providers. You should not have to speculate as to whom to choose.
The truck accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, are here to help you through all the issues that emerge in the days, weeks, months, and even years after you or your loved one has suffered an injury. If you or a loved one has been injured, please contact one of our attorneys as quickly as possible at (305)595-2400 to schedule an initial consultation at no cost to you.