According to WINK-TV, late last month, a trucker in Cape Coral crashed his tractor-trailer truck into a Publix grocery store. Reportedly, the truck driver admitted to smoking meth prior to crashing his truck into the store. The trucker was making a delivery when the wreck occurred. During the collision, he tore an awning off the building and crashed into a pickup truck. Fortunately, no one was in the pickup truck at the time.
Following the wreck, officers arrived on the scene and asked the trucker to exit the truck. He refused, telling them that he believed he was being pranked by a TV show. Once police were finally able to remove the truck driver from the truck, he exhibited more strange behavior, which prompted them to ask if he had been drinking or was experiencing a medical emergency. At that point, the trucker admitted he had been smoking meth.
After his admission, the trucker was arrested for drug possession, resisting arrest without violence, and disorderly conduct.
What Should I Do If I’m the Victim of a Truck Accident?
The aftermath of a truck accident is often pure chaos. People are often injured and in shock, and they’re in a situation they may have never been in before. Unfortunately, what happens immediately following a truck wreck can be key for victims and their families when it comes to successfully holding truckers and trucking companies accountable for their negligence. The following are a few tips for what you should do if you’re the victim of a truck accident:
- Call 911 – If possible, contact 911 and report the accident. That will ensure that police and emergency medical services will be on the way to help. Plus, a 911 operator can talk you through what to do until police and EMS arrive.
- Seek Medical Attention – If you or anyone else is injured, make sure that you or anyone else who is injured receives medical attention as soon as possible. This can include having a 911 operator talk you through treatment until EMS arrives.
- Collect Contact Information – Get the names and contact information of other drivers involved in the accident, as well as passengers and witnesses. You should also exchange insurance information with the other drivers.
- Gather Evidence – Take pictures of the accident scene, vehicles, and your injuries. Take notes about how the wreck happened in case you need to describe the incident to others later.
- Don’t Admit Fault – The police will probably ask you for a statement. Tell the truth. However, don’t admit fault. In addition, when you report the accident to your insurance provider, do not admit fault to them either. Also, don’t speak to anyone else about the accident, including the insurance carriers of the other drivers involved in the crash, until after you have discussed your options with an experienced truck accident attorney.
Discuss Your Claim with an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer Today
Victims of truck accidents and their families need guidance they can trust in the wake of the incident. Truckers have trucking companies and their legal teams behind them. Truck accident victims need legal representation that is up to that challenge.
Rash Mueller has a long track record of protecting the rights of truck accident victims and their families. For years, our experienced truck accident attorneys have been helping clients hold negligent individuals and entities accountable for hurting them, including recovering the compensation they need for current and future medical costs, loss of income, living expenses, and pain and suffering.
Give us a call at (954) 914-7116 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our experienced truck accident attorneys.