Large truck crashes almost always leave immense devastation in their wake. Passenger vehicle occupants are especially vulnerable in collisions with big rigs because of the sheer force behind the impact.
Thankfully, if you were struck by a drunk, drowsy, or distracted trucker, you may have grounds for a claim. While taking action against the liable party won’t erase the trauma you’ve experienced or restore your health, it could at least yield the funds needed to put your life back together.
Of course, before you can pursue a payout, you must put together a strong case. Although every claim is unique, there are a few ways nearly all injured parties can contribute to their legal team’s efforts.
Let’s take a look at some of the most effective ways to strengthen your truck accident claim:
1. Seek Prompt Medical Care
There are a number of impact injuries that can have latent symptoms. Examples include whiplash, internal bleeding, and brain damage. That means even if you feel relatively fine in the aftermath, it’s critical that you undergo a comprehensive evaluation as soon as possible.
Consulting a physician immediately can ensure you are provided with adequate treatment for any and all injuries, including those that do not show symptoms right away. It will also start a paper trail that links your condition to the accident in question. And as long as you follow your doctor’s orders, it will demonstrate a commitment to mitigating damages, as well.
2. Keep a Personal Injury Journal
In addition to economic damages like medical bills and lost wages, Florida allows for the recovery of non-economic damages like emotional distress, loss of enjoyment in life, and pain and suffering. Since you cannot prove such damages with receipts and invoices, it’s wise to start a personal injury journal on the same day on which you were hurt.
In this journal, you should log your recovery. Detailed entries about the ways in which your injuries are affecting your quality of life will help demonstrate the extent of your non-economic damages when the time comes.
3. Track Injury-Related Expenses Diligently
Truck accident victims may seek compensation for virtually all the costs associated with treating their injuries. Examples include those for ongoing rehabilitation, prescription medication, medical equipment, home care, replacement services, and domestic help. If you happen to suffer any permanent disabilities, you may also pursue funds for reasonably necessary home and vehicle modifications.
Before you can include any such damages in the settlement negotiations, though, you must prove that you did, in fact, incur them. Therefore, it’s essential to preserve all the documentation that corresponds to your injury-related expenses. Give relevant receipts, quotes, and bills to your legal team for safekeeping.
Call (954) 880-9500 for a Free Consultation with a Florida Truck Accident Lawyer
If you’re recovering from injuries that you sustained in a large truck crash, contact Lubell Rosen to see if you have grounds for a claim. Our resourceful team will answer all your questions, conduct a thorough investigation into the wreck, and gather the evidence needed to prove liability and damages. Call (954) 880-9500 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with a truck accident attorney.