In my opinion it will depend on the type of accident and how clear the facts are. Certainly you want an investigation that supports your side of the story. However, even if it does not, if the facts are so apparent the investigation might not have an impact in whether you make a claim or not and what type of recovery you are able to get.
Most likely any competent attorney in the state of Florida that will represent you will represent you on what is called a contingency fee basis. In other words, they will only collect a fee if they collect a recovery for you. They will take a percentage of what you recover in the scenario that you are able to make that kind of recovery.
There are two ways to go about obtaining proper attorneys in whatever situation you have. Maybe you want to look on Google and type in the phrase “18-wheeler attorney.” Maybe you want to call a trusted friend who knows the legal community. You might be able to find information on the web. You might be able to find information through other friends. Perhaps you know someone that is an attorney and they might know someone. I would explore every avenue, and I would explore as soon as possible, and I would explore till the point that you feel like you made the best decision.
If you have the unfortunate situation of being involved in an accident with an eighteen wheeler or a semi tractor, then you should definitely call an attorney from the accident scene as soon as possible. Let them know what’s going on. They might want to come to the accident scene, or send someone to the accident scene to photograph and assess the situation. If the accident is big enough, I would insist on your attorney or someone from their office coming to the scene, to make the assessment and take any photographs that are necessary.
In many ways they are very similar, the police will typically respond to the accident, assess the situation, and then take proper action. If 18-wheelers are involved, often times, other investigators will come out to the accident scene and make an investigation. These will be situations that involve a serious accident. If it’s not a serious accident, then typically we’ll just have a police officer do the investigation.
Not necessarily if the fault is clear from the accident. There might not be any need for any witnesses aside from yourself. However, sometimes accidents have two different versions and you might need witnesses. Anytime you have a serious accident you should always see if you can find a witness. Get their name, phone number or email address, just in case you need to prove that you were not at fault.