Most people never have to face the seemingly indomitable obstacle of how to get through a serious accident, but when there has been a crash resulting in devastating injuries, it may seem like an impossible task. This may be compounded when the accident involves a commercial truck because of the complexities of bringing an action against both an individual and a trucking company, but there is help out there for injured victims and their families.
The skilled Miami truck accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano understand the tremendous pain and suffering, as well as the logistics, which are present after a truck accident. With more than 130 years of collective experience representing truck crash victims, our attorneys are prepared to alleviate the burden by fighting for you while you focus on recovery.
Although there will be great hurdles, there is a way to get through the process with the compensation that is necessary to deal with the consequences of the collision. One of the first things to do is to gather as much evidence as possible, as quickly as possible. The immediate priorities include:
• The police and investigative reports of the accident – This will include the official accident report completed by the officer(s) who were at the scene of the accident. It is important to get copies of any photographs or videos that were taken at the scene. In addition, if a victim or his family retains an attorney quickly, an independent investigator can be sent to gather evidence at the location of the accident;
• Eyewitness reports – Many times, a crash involving commercial trucks is witnessed by a number of people who remained at the scene to provide contact information, statements, and even take photos of their own. All of this information will be important as a case moves forward;
• Trucking company records – These documents may be destroyed in the course of business, so it is critical to obtain them as soon as possible – These records include truck maintenance reports, driver training and certification information, and any problems relating to the truck or driver;
• Copies of any communications between the driver and the trucking company and any black box data – Most commercial tucking companies have onboard communication devices that allow rapid communication between the driver and the company, which is why trucking company representatives are at the scene of a crash almost as fast as emergency responders. In addition, there are data-recording devices on many commercial trucks on the road today. This data has to be preserved and, often, translated, after a serious crash;
• Emergency care and ongoing medical treatment records – From the notes of the first responders, to the records of both emergency and long-term care, these documents will establish the initial presentation and development of any injuries. Frequently, the testimony of a doctor who was been involved in the care of the patient from the onset, or as close as possible, will be critical to obtaining the best results in a legal action;
• Rehabilitation records – In addition to medical care, there often is associated rehabilitation and other therapy, which needs to be carefully documented; and
• Records of associated costs – Most people do not realize how many other expenses become a burden during a recovery from a severe accident. In addition to lost wages and medical bills, there are costs associated with assistance that becomes necessary when a person no longer can perform everyday tasks.
In reality, after getting the necessary medical care, the next critical step is finding the right attorney who will work hard to get the accident victim and his family the help that he needs.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano Zealously Advocates for Accident Victims
The Miami truck accident law firm of Greenberg Stone and Urbano has been dedicated to fighting for the rights and interests of our clients for more than 30 years. Our commitment to our clients has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating that can be awarded. Further, the Miami Herald has voted us one of South Florida’s top-rated law firms. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can fight for you while you focus on getting better.