Lake Wales Semi-Truck Accident
Christopher Ellis suffered serious injuries when he swerved to avoid two semi-trucks that had collided in the fog on SR 60 in Lake Wales near Logistics Parkway. As Ellis swerved to avoid the semi-truck that was jacknifed in the roadway, he impacted the truck that was blocking the roadway. Thereafter, he was hit from behind by a pickup truck driven by a 21-year-old and then was hit again by a third semi-truck.
Hiring an attorney after an accident such as this one allows you to begin the investigation. The police reports alone are inadequate to provide you with all of the evidence that you will need for your case. You should hire a personal injury lawyer with a "rapid response team" to go out into the field to photograph the scene, look for evidence, and take measurements before the evidence disappears. You also need to begin your investigation by asking that all involved parties preserve and retain evidence. In Florida, there is not a duty to preserve evidence unless a request has been made. In some instances, your attorney may need to file a lawsuit and immediately request in discovery that certain evidence be produced as a simple letter requesting the preservation of the evidence may be inadequate in a court of law.
This accident also likely involves some degree of comparative fault between the different vehicles involved. The severely injured person may be able to make injury claims to a different degree for different levels of culpability for each respective driver.
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a truck accident, please contact a truck accident attorney to discuss what your next steps should be.