If you’ve ever been involved in a car accident, then you know how devastating those events can be. Imagine being struck by a massive semi-truck instead of a passenger car. How much more devastating will your injuries be? If you have been involved in a truck accident, give our trucking accident attorneys a call.
Tractor trailers and other large trucks are a huge factor in the American economy. They are key components when it comes to getting goods delivered to stores and consumers, but they also come with a downside.
Conditions on the highways and byways are dangerous. Every year, there are thousands of accidents that involve 18-wheelers colliding with passenger vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists and even pedestrians.
The outcome of these accidents can be debilitating injuries with which the victim must deal for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, those people are the lucky ones. All too often, the victims in a trucking accident don’t survive.
If you have trucking accident injuries, then you need a Miami truck accident lawyer to help you. These experienced legal professionals understand the types of injuries that are caused by truck collisions and how to ensure that victims receive the compensation that they deserve.
The type and severity of trucking accident injuries may vary. Factors such as road conditions, the speed at which the truck was traveling, and the point of impact in the crash, can all affect the injuries that the victim suffered.
Though this is by no means an exhaustive list, these are among the most common injuries that are associated with a trucking accident:
It is not unusual for crash victims to suffer from more than one of these injuries, and this may mean that their quality of life will be forever negatively impacted.
An experienced truck accident lawyer knows that there can be more than one cause behind a collision. Although a cause may be relatively obvious, there can be underlying causes that must be addressed in any claim that is made. This is one of the reasons why it is critical that a thorough investigation is conducted.
These are some of the most common causes of truck accidents in Florida:
The key to getting the compensation that you deserve after a trucking accident frequently comes down to your attorney and the quality of the investigation that is conducted.
Not only will the attorney need to inspect the truck’s condition post-accident, but it might also be necessary to hire more than one expert witness who can testify that the truck and/or driver had little business being on the road prior to the collision.
For example, it’s critical that the truck’s black box data be thoroughly investigated, as this will reveal how the truck was being operated immediately prior to and during the accident.
As another example, the truck accident attorney may examine the driver’s employer records to search for a history of egregious traffic violations. This can make it possible to add a claim against the company for negligent hiring and retention.
Additionally, the attorney’s investigation will bring all of the driver’s and the company’s lines of insurance into the light. Most people don’t realize that the truck and trailer may have different owners, which means that there are at least two (2) organizations that may be named in a lawsuit.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, then it’s time to contact Your Insurance Attorney. In fact, it makes sense to do so even before you get in touch with your insurer or the insurer for the trucking company.
Because accidents that involve 18-wheelers tend to be quite complicated, and numerous factors may have contributed to the accident. It’s vital that all of these factors be identified, and that means conducting a painstaking investigation.
At Your Insurance Attorney, you’ll never pay a penny unless we win your case. When you need a truck accident attorney in Florida, look for legal counsel who is willing to go all-in on your behalf. It’s the only way for you to be certain that you’re receiving every dollar of the compensation that you deserve.
Your vehicle will be repaired once the insurance company at fault completes its liability investigation. This investigation includes, but is not limited to, reviewing the police report, speaking with their insured and speaking with the driver. This investigation can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.
Once the at fault insurance company completes its investigation it will either send someone out to do an estimate of the damage to your vehicle or request that you take photos of the damage to your vehicle and send it to them.
If you do not want to wait for the at fault insurance company to complete its investigation, you can use your collision coverage on your own auto insurance policy, if you have it.
DO NOT speak with any insurance companies, not even your own insurance company. Contact our office immediately advising us that you received an insurance call.
A police report is typically available within 7 business days after your accident.
In the state of Florida, your auto insurance company pays up to $10,000 towards your medical bills that pertain to your medical treatment as it relates to the injuries you sustain in this accident. This is the case whether it is your fault or not.
Each case is different. It is not possible to provide a number, or even an estimate, from the onset of any case.
Once you have completed your medical treatment, we will send a demand letter to the insurance company at fault, which will include all of your medical records and bills. Once the insurance company receives the demand, they have about 30 days to respond to our offer to settle with a counter offer or acceptance. We will then contact you to discuss the offer presented and what the next step would be in our negotiation process.
Every case is different. However, most cases take approximately 6 months to a year. If we have to file suit, it may take longer.