The Florida Truck Accident Guide was created by Paul Boone Law to help residents who have been injured in a truck accident obtain maximum compensation for their claim.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are sometimes pretty unique compared to car accidents, for example. A truck accident could happen for normal reasons, such as violating traffic laws on the highway. Truck accidents, however, can also happen because of issues particular to the profession of truck driving. A lot of truck drivers are pressured to get a lot of work done in one day. That means that they’re driving a ton on little sleep. Being drowsy when driving is said to be just as or sometimes more dangerous than drunk driving.
If a truck driver is cut off and made to slam on their brakes, their vehicles are not going to stop like a normal car because they are so heavy. That could also cause an accident.
One thing that most truck accidents have in common is how severe they are. Victims of car accidents sometimes don’t walk again. It’s common for a truck accident victim to incur permanent damages.
Recoverable Damages in a Truck Accident Case
To get an idea of how cases are valued, you can look to this example:
Amy was on her way home from work on a highway driving when a semi-truck swerved into her lane and caused her vehicle to spin out and flip. Luckily, she survived and she was taken by ambulance to the emergency room.
She suffered a traumatic brain injury, broken bones, and paralysis in her lower body. When her Jacksonville truck accident lawyer were valuing out her claim, they had to take into consideration her economic damages and her non-economic damages.
Her economic damages would include things like her disability for life after not being able to work due to the paralysis. They would also include the cost of surgeries and medical treatment needed after the truck accident and any medical care she would need for the rest of her life because of this accident. Economic damages can simply be defined by the amount of money that the accident cost you.
Amy’s non-economic damages are a little bit more complex to put a number on. Her lawyer considered the fact that she’s no longer able to walk, which significantly reduces her quality in life. She also suffers from PTSD from the truck accident and she’ll never work again. Someone’s life changing like this is a huge factor in the value of their claim. These factors are not taken lightly and your lawyer are going to fight hard to make sure that you get the results you deserve.
Tips for a Successful Claim
Act fast in everything that you do. Have a friend or family member come onto the scene to collect evidence, such as photos and videos of the scene and contact information from the witnesses, as soon as you possibly can, or collect the evidence if you personally can.
Get medical attention as soon as you possibly can, as well, not only to benefit your health but also to strengthen your case. If you wait to get medical treatment the insurance company will say that you lied about how you got hurt or how badly you were hurt, which is bad for your case.
Additionally, don’t ever give the insurance company a recorded statement about your truck accident. Truck accident insurance companies are very powerful and all they want to do is save themselves money, so if they get you on record saying something that could hurt your case, they will use it against you. Let your lawyer handle the insurance company.
Lastly, reach out to Jacksonville truck accident lawyer as soon as you possibly can. In the state of Florida, you have four years to bring your injury case or else you are barred from ever getting the justice that you deserve. Make this a priority in your life so that you don’t end up losing out on what you were entitled to.
After a Truck Accident Injury
People that have been involved in accidents in a commercial trucking situation where a tractor trailer semi or a logging truck has collided with them often want to know what’s the first thing to do. Without fail, without exception, we tell them go get medical treatment, even if you don’t think you’re hurt, because many times, pain and discomfort don’t show up for several days. If you don’t get treated or if you don’t go see a doctor within the first 14 days, your own insurance is not required to pay. Go get checked out. Go get treated. Then the treatment process can happen and you’ll be in good shape.
The next thing to do is call a lawyer. Let the lawyer do the things that are important, such as preserve evidence. This is regardless of whether you actually have a case or not. He can go out to the accident scene, photograph the scene because collision scenes change, particularly up here in Nassau County. He can photograph the damage to your car. Cars get repaired, particularly if you have your own insurance collision coverage— they want to go in and get those cars repaired quickly. If we can get in early, we can preserve that evidence. The more we can preserve, the more value your case will have. First and foremost, if you’re involved in a trucking accident, commercial trucking accident. go get treated so that your medical condition gets as good as it can get. If you’ve been involved in a commercial trucking accident in Nassau County, Duval County, call us. We’d be happy to sit down with you, go over those issues and many more.
Common Mistakes in a Truck Accident Case
Mistakes we see people make when they’ve been involved in a commercial trucking accident in northeast Florida, Nassau County, or Duval County, is they don’t get medical treatment. Sometimes with the rush of adrenaline immediately following a collision, the pain receptors are masked and you don’t feel like you’re hurt so you don’t get medical treatment. Sometimes this pain doesn’t come on for several days. If you don’t get treated immediately, you won’t get the optimal recovery. If you don’t get treated and we take your case to trial, a jury might not believe that you’re hurt. Get treated immediately, particularly in Florida because if you don’t get treated within 14 days of the accident, your own insurance, your PIP insurance, will not be obligated to pay. That’s another reason. Get treated and call a lawyer because the lawyer can help navigate you through all of that. They can preserve evidence and can do the things that lawyers can do. That will help your case as well. Call us today. We’ll be able to help you in your case in Nassau County, Duval County. Thank you.
How Truck Accidents And Car Accidents Differ
One thing that clients don’t fully understand is that different kinds of accidents on the roadway are treated differently. That is especially true when it comes to an automobile versus a tractor trailer commercial trucking case. The drivers in trucking cases may have requirements that are set by the department of transportation, such as limitations on how long they can drive without making stops. There’s a total number of hour limits on their driving. There are recording devices. There are many things connected with evidence preservation in a commercial trucking case that do not exist in an automobile accident case.
It’s important that you get a lawyer who has experience and knows the questions to ask, knows where to go look for this evidence because it’s important. If you miss it, you could be missing some valuable evidence that would enhance the value of your case. Those are just some of the differences between those two kinds of cases. We would be happy to sit down with you if you’ve been hurt in an automobile commercial trucking case on state road 200 in Nassau County or any of the roadways in Nassau County or Duval County.
Truck Accident Case Value
Putting a value on a trucking accident case is something that happens along the way in a case, not right away. People often ask in the initial conference what the value of their trucking accident case is. We don’t answer that question simply because we don’t have the answer in the initial conference. Lots goes into putting a value on your case: the nature and severity of your injury, whether your injury is permanent or not, and whether it impairs your ability to get through a day, for example. Whether you were working outside the home or not and other factors, whether the trucker was completely at fault or whether you and someone else shared the responsibility also goes into factoring the value of a case. Many times, we don’t have the pieces to that puzzle until later on. Typically, we won’t answer that question until we are well into the case after we’ve collected lots of information. Nonetheless, if you’ve been hurt in a trucking accident here in Nassau County, Duval County, or anywhere in northeast Florida, give us a call. We’ll sit down. We’ll talk about that as well as all the other issues of your case.
Truck Accident Case Timeline
One common question we hear with potential clients is how long a case is going to last. Those who have been involved in trucking cases, particularly up here in Nassau County where we have trucks clogging up the only east-west corridor state road 200 going to and from the paper mills here, want to know how long it’s going to take. Trucking accidents are not like automobile accident cases. They are more complex. They will take longer. If we cannot resolve your case without filing the lawsuit, the lawsuit will get complex. It could take a couple of years. We could resolve your case without filing a lawsuit in 9 to 14 months, maybe less. It depends on several factors: our ability to collect records and get medical information, for one. If we get into the lawsuit, it will take longer than an automobile accident case simply because it’s more complex— two years, maybe longer. If you’ve been involved in a trucking accident in Nassau County or Duval County, call us. We’ll sit down. We’ll go over the ins and outs and how best we can help you.
Truck Accident Insurance Investigation
People often ask whether they should be talking to the insurance company following a commercial trucking tractor trailer semi collision. There are two answers. With regards to their own insurance company, yes, you talk to that insurance company. They are your insurance company. You have a duty and responsibility under your contract with them to cooperate. What that means is you contact them immediately after the collision. You let them know you were hurt. They many times will want a statement from you, either written or over the phone. They will send you either online or via the US mail a packet of information that you will have to complete. You will want to do that. If you do not cooperate with your own insurance company, they can void your coverage. You do not want that in a time of need such as this.
With regards to any other insurance company, particularly the insurance company representing the trucking company, the driver, etc., do not talk to them. They are experts in their field. You are not. This quite likely is your first collision where you’ve been hurt. You do not know what you do not know. We will strongly advice you to not talk to the insurance companies. In fact, if you’ve come to see us, that is one of the things we will instruct you. Do not talk to them. Instead, give them our contact information and have them call us. They know the rules. It is illegal for them to talk to you once you have told them that you’re represented by a lawyer. They know how it works. The information will go through our office and then you can concentrate on getting better. If you’ve been hurt in a commercial trucking collision, either in Nassau County, Duval County, any of the cities in there, call us. We’ll sit down and talk about it and figure out how best we can help you.
Suing a Trucking Company for Drunk Driving
People often ask who we are going to sue in a trucking case, a commercial trucking case. We tell them we will sue as many people as we can think of. One issue is whether we can we sue the employer of the driver who was involved in this collision who was drunk. The answer is yes. The reason for that is that, in Florida, an employer who puts someone behind the wheel of a tractor trailer, a semi, is responsible for the conduct of that driver, whether they’re drunk or not. If they’re drunk, it puts the employer in a very difficult position. It can bring in issues of punitive damages. It’s the employer who usually buys the insurance policy. Whether you’ve got that issue or any other issue, call us. If you’ve been hurt in a trucking accident in Nassau County or Duval County, we’ll sit down. We’ll go over things and see how best we can help you.
Truck Accident Wrongful Deaths
When someone dies in a collision, we are often approached by a family member. They ask, what can we do? Can we make a claim? Can we sue the at fault trucker who killed my loved one? The answer is yes, under certain circumstances. When someone dies in the state of Florida, the case is governed by Florida’s Wrongful Death Act, which has been on the books for a very long time now. It allows people to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. They are known as survivors. Typically, they are the surviving spouse, children of the deceased person, and others that the deceased person was providing financial support for. If you’ve lost a loved one because of the negligence of a trucker in Nassau or Duval County, call us. We’ll sit down. We’ll go over everything and figure out how best we can help your situation.
Initial Offer For a Truck Accident Injury
Sooner or later, clients ask about settlement offers. They often ask if we should take the first offer. Generally speaking, the answer is no. The reason for that is insurance company are behaving in these moments like most companies that are in negotiating mode. They will try to get offers as low as they can. They start with a low offer. Sometimes it’s so low it’s insulting. We tell the clients don’t be insulted.— we are in it for the long haul. They know we aren’t going to take the first offer. There are exceptions to every rule, however. If your case has very serious liability problems or other problems, we may revisit that. Even in that circumstance, we’re probably not going to take that first offer. Our goal is to get the best offer on the table. That takes multiple rounds of negotiating back and forth, which we’ve been doing for decades in northeast Florida, Duval County, and Nassau County. If you have a case where you’ve been hurt in a trucking accident case, call us right away. We’ll go over your case. We’ll see how best we can help you.
Choosing The Right Truck Accident Lawyer
In Nassau County, we have a lot of tractor trailer semis. There is one east-west road from I95 that you can take. It’s the only road you can take to get to Amelia Island— state road 200. There are two paper mills on Amelia Island. Tractor trailer semis transporting timber of all sorts go 24/7, hundreds of trucks. We see automobile accidents connected with these tractor trailers a lot. It’s important that you retain a lawyer who has experience. If you are looking for an attorney on a trucking case, get one who’s done it before. We have done it before. This is an area where these are common, particularly up here in Nassau County. I95 goes through Nassau County, Duval County. The trucking industry is alive and well. They clog up the roadways. A day doesn’t go by that there’s not a trucking accident, it seems, and we have handled those cases. If you have experienced a truck accident in Nassau County or Duval County, call us. We’ll sit down with you and go over your trucking case and see how we can help you.
Call Our Florida Truck Accident Lawyer Today for a Free Consultation
If you’ve been involved in a truck accident case, time is of the essence. Move as quickly as you can to reach out to our Jacksonville truck accident lawyer to get started on getting the justice that you deserve. You should not have to suffer because of someone else’s negligence. Our job is to take the hard parts of a truck accident case off your hands so you can focus on your recovery. Call us today. Justice is around the corner.
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