Florida Truck Accident Lawyer
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When accidents involving 18 wheelers, tractor-trailers, trucks and other commercial vehicles happen in Florida, they often leave their victims with not only physical injuries but with expensive medical bills, time out of work and lost wages. In these cases, a Florida truck accident attorney can help people get their lives back on track by helping them seek compensation for their injuries.
At Zinda Law Group, our truck injury attorneys are on hand to help build the strongest case possible for you. While your attorney focuses on running and seeking settlement for your case, you can focus on your recovery, without the added stress of the legal system or legal fees. As one of our clients, you can avail of a no win no fee agreement, meaning that you nothing unless we win your case.. That’s our No Win No Fee Guarantee.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a truck, call Zinda Law Group at (888) 309-6676 to receive your 100% free legal consultation with one of our Florida truck accident lawyers.
You May Be Entitled To Compensation
After a truck accident, these steps may help you protect your health while also ensuring that you protect your legal right to seek compensation:
1. SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION
Your top priority should be your health and the health of those involved in the accident. Check yourself for any visible injuries and then check others involved. You should then call emergency services. Even if you don’t think that you have been injured, the adrenaline at the time could be masking any pain you may feel later. Also, getting checked by a doctor immediately after the accident will also be helpful for your case as it will provide proof of your injuries. Without a medical report, you may have difficulty making a claim.
2. REPORT THE ACCIDENT
Unless you have been taken to an emergency room immediately, the next thing to do is call the police to report the incident. Once the police arrive they will assess the situation, may fill out an accident report and can talk you through the next steps. If you can get a copy of the accident report this will also be helpful for your case as it may prove who was at fault for the accident.
You should not admit fault for the accident at any time and refrain from speaking with the other sides insurance until you have spoken with a lawyer. You may be contact by the other side’s insurance for a statement about what happened. If you are unprepared for this you may say something that could damage your claim.
3. DOCUMENT THE ACCIDENT
Keep a record of the accident, from conversations with the other side, expenses receipts to anything else that is related to the incident. Some important documentation you will need for your claim may include:
- Details of the other party involved and their insurance information
- Details of any witnesses to the accident
- Is there any security camera footage in operation nearby that may have captured the accident?
- Photos of the scene of the accident, your injuries, damage to your vehicle and any other important details of the accident.
- Receipts for medical bills and any other expenses relating to the accident.
4. CONTACT A LAWYER
You may be in a position to seek compensation. Speaking with an attorney may help you determine your next steps, uncover details about the value of your claim you may not have known beforehand and will allow you to focus on your recovery instead of worrying about bringing a claim forward yourself.
FILING A TRUCKING ACCIDENT LAWSUIT
To proceed with a compensation claim in Florida, the following 3 step process can be helpful:
1. CONTACT A FLORIDA TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER
Speak with an attorney who is experienced in helping victims of trucking accidents in Florida. An attorney can help you better understand your legal position, help determine who may be at fault and help you in estimating the value of your claim. Zinda Law Group offers 100% free consultations to Florida truck accident victims, meaning you won’t have to worry about a legal fee to understand your position.
Your attorney will then proceed and investigate your accident and in doing so will gather evidence and all necessary documentation to build the strongest case possible for you.
3. CASE SETTLEMENT
One your case is built, your attorney will begin negotiations with the other side’s insurance company. Doing this alone can be confusing. Insurance companies usually want to settle quickly and people without an attorney by their side may inadvertently accept a lower settlement amount. This is because the insurance company may not have investigated your case thoroughly enough to uncover important aspects of your recovery and expenses.
Once your case is settled, your attorney will walk you through the process of receiving your compensation.
TRUCK ACCIDENT COMPENSATION
In Florida, for those injured in an 18-wheeler accident, compensation may be available. Compensation is generally divided into two categories, economic and non-economic damages. When estimating the value of your case, your attorney will investigate all the ways that this accident has affected you, both financially and emotionally.
A settlement amount usually includes some or all of the following:
Economic losses include financial losses such as:
- Medical bills
- Future medical bills – including the cost of rehabilitation
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Cost of repair to your vehicle
- Other expenses relating to your accident
Non-economic losses include:
• Pain and suffering
• Emotional and psychological damage
• Loss of quality of life
Each case will be different and your case will have its own losses that will make up the value of your claim. Speaking with a lawyer will help you in understanding how much your claim is worth and the best steps to take to seek it.
COMMON TRUCK TYPES
There are many types of trucks on Florida roads, some of the more common types of trucks that have been involved in accidents are:
- 18 Wheelers
- Dump Trucks
- Commercial Vehicles
- Concrete transport trucks
- Garbage trucks
- Log Carriers
- Tractor Trailers
According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports from 2017, Florida truck accidents included:
- 34 fatalities
- 147 incapacitating injuries
- 451 non-incapacitating injuries
In any case, when you are hit by truck or injured in an accident caused by a truck in Florida it is advisable to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
CAUSES OF SEMI-TRUCK ACCIDENTS
While there are many factors that can lead to a trucking accident in Florida, some of the most common include:
- Distracted driving (using a mobile phone, eating, etc.)
- Failure to yield right of way
- Careless or reckless driving
- Veering into another drivers lane
- Failure to obey traffic signs, traffic lights and other traffic laws
- Driving under the influence
- Rear end accidents
In these cases, where it can be proven that the driver was at fault for the accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries. To help establish who is at fault, it is advisable to speak with a lawyer.
Truck accidents can lead to more severe injuries for those involved. A semi-truck or 18-wheeler is much bigger in size compared to a car or other vehicle on the road so when the two collide, the other vehicle and its occupants tend to be affected more than the truck driver. The amount of compensation you may seek will be impacted by how sever your injuries are. The more severe injuries that need greater medical attention and a longer rehabilitation may result in higher compensation. Some of the most common truck accident injuries include:
- Back and Neck Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Internal Injuries
- Spinal Cord Damage
- Wrongful Death
Regardless of how severe, your injury may be, speak with an attorney to help seek compensation as this will allow you to focus on your recovery instead of the legalities involved in making a claim.
WHO TO SUE IN A TRUCK CRASH CLAIM?
The person at fault who you may sue will differ from case to case. Some of the common parties that are sued in trucking cases in Florida are:
THE TRUCK COMPANY
If you are hit by a truck driver who is working for a trucking company and it can be proven that the accident was their fault, the truck company may be held liable for the accident. A claim for compensation may be made against their insurance company,
THE FREIGHT COMPANY
If the accident was caused by improperly loaded cargo loaded by a freight company and you were injured, then the freight company could be held liable for the accident.
THE PARTS MANUFACTURER
In some cases, a faulty or malfunctioning part of the truck can cause an accident on the road. If this happens and it can be proven that the piece was faulty and caused the accident then the manufacturer of the truck part may be sued for compensation.
LEGAL TIME LIMITS IN FLORIDA (STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS)
In Florida, there are time limits associated with making a truck accident claim. These time limits are known as the statute of limitations and for an accident on the road where an injury is sustained, a person has 4 years to make a claim.
In more serious cases of wrongful death, a person has 2 years to make a claim for compensation in Florida.
If you try to proceed with a claim after these timelines, you may not be entitled to seek compensation. This is why speaking with an attorney who understands Florida’s legal time limits is important to your claim.
SPEAK WITH ZINDA LAW GROUP
A semi-truck accident can not only cause you physical harm but can leave you with financial burdens, an inability to continue workings and lost wages. Medical bills and rehabilitation costs can be expensive. This is where Zinda Law Group can help.
Our Florida truck injury lawyers can investigate your claim and build the strongest case possible for you to seek the compensation you deserve.
If you have been hurt in an 18-wheeler accident in Florida, contact us today and our team of experienced truck accident lawyers can advise and handle the legal work for you so you can focus on what is most important: your recovery. Call (888) 309-6676 or chat us today to set up your free attorney consultation.
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