The Florida Truck Accident Guide was created by McKenzie Law Firm to help residents obtain the financial compensation they deserve after suffering from another’s negligence.
Being on the highway with a truck can be scary if the truck driver is driving negligently. Given the size of these vehicles, it is almost always a catastrophic event when they are involved in collisions.
If you are reading this page, you have probably been seriously injured in a truck accident. We first and foremost would like to say how very sorry we are that this has happened to you. It is unfortunate that you have had to deal with an injury because of someone else’s negligence. We are here to tell you that your injury case is important and you deserve to get fully compensated for your injuries and damages. Compensation awards that you may be entitled to include past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.
If you need strong, dedicated, and skilled representation, please call our office to set up a free consultation with our Florida truck accident lawyer.
The Steps of a Successful Florida Truck Accident Case
Being well-informed about your truck accident case is going to be very valuable for the success of your case. There are three things that should happen right away if you want to make sure that your rights to full compensation are protected. The first thing is the collection of evidence. There are a lot of different parties who could potentially be responsible for a truck accident. We need to look into the driver, the truck company, anyone who loaded up the truck, and more. It is imperative that sufficient evidence is collected so that we are fully informed about who we are bringing the case against.
At the scene of the truck accident, it can be helpful to capture photos and videos from all angles. If possible and safe, document the condition of the truck, your vehicle, any other vehicles involved, the general area of the crash site, tire marks, and more. The more pictures you take, the clearer idea that we can get about what exactly happened. You will also want to get the contact and insurance info from the truck driver and any other driver involved. In a case like this when you’re involved in a truck accident, it is wise to call the police to have them take official documentation; be sure, however, that you do not put yourself at fault when documenting the accident with police. Never say it was your fault that the accident happened. Finally, you will want to get the contact info from any witnesses to the accident, as their testimony may be invaluable down the line.
The second step you need to take to ensure the success of your case is to seek immediate medical attention. Documenting your injuries after a truck accident is essential. If you are not able to stay on the scene to collect evidence because you are too badly injured, call on someone to come help you do evidence collection, before going to the emergency room. When you are in pain, that is your body’s way of saying that something is wrong. Waiting to see if pain will go away over time is never recommended. You could be dealing with fractured bones, concussions, neck injuries or more. To ignore something as severe as that will only increase the amount of pain that you are in, as well as give the insurance company a reason to doubt your injuries.
The last and perhaps most important step for a successful personal injury case is to hire a Florida truck accident attorney. When you are looking for the right attorney to represent your case, you want to pick someone you are comfortable with and who you think will represent you well. This person should have experience handling truck accident cases specifically and they should have a track record of success with these cases. Once you find the right attorney, hire them right away so that you are on track to get the best possible outcome.
Frequently Asked Truck Accident Questions
How Do I Find the Right Attorney?
The things to keep in mind when searching for an attorney are that they have experience handling truck accident cases, they focus their practice on that, and they are trial attorneys. The reason that’s important in truck accident cases is because you’re dealing with injuries that are usually catastrophic due to the nature of the large size of semi-truck trailers and other large transportation vehicles.
There are also a host of federal regulations and other laws which specifically relate to trucks and the trucking industry. There are all sorts of issues, so it’s very important you choose an experienced truck accident attorney who knows how to handle those cases, and who knows how to obtain the special evidence that exists only in truck accident cases.
You need an attorney who has focused one of their practice areas on truck cases specifically, because there are certain pieces of evidence, and certain information contained within the regulations governing truck cases that an attorney needs to know to be able to actually work the case for their client in the manner that it needs to be worked so that the insurance company and the corporations have to divulge the correct information to them, and also so that they can maximize the potential recovery for their client.
The third thing to keep in mind is that the attorney you hire should be a trial attorney. You want your attorney to go to court, take cases to verdicts, and sometimes even appeal cases and handle retrials if necessary. You need to ensure that you hire an attorney who is willing to go the distance because, unfortunately sometimes cases have to go trial to get the results that the clients deserve. The insurance companies and the corporations involved in truck accident cases know who those attorneys are and they treat them distinctly differently. An attorney who they know is not a trial attorney does not get the same kind of treatment or the same kinds of offers from the insurance companies and the corporations as an attorney who is known to handle those cases and take those cases to trial and handle their appeals.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Attorney?
One of the questions my office receives most often from people involved and injured in truck accident cases is how much it costs to hire our firm. What we always tell them is that here at McKenzie Law Firm, for injury cases, we work on what’s called a contingency fee basis. What that means is that you hire us at no cost up front. If we make a recovery on your behalf, then you owe us a percentage, and that percentage is governed by Florida law. Currently, it’s one-third if the case is resolved before a lawsuit is filed and answered, and it’s 40% after.
You can hire a very well-qualified attorney, at no cost to yourself, who has the necessary experience and expertise in that area to help in assisting you with your claim rather than having to pay an attorney a retainer. We provide access to the court system for people who normally wouldn’t be able to afford it.
How Much is My Case Worth?
There is a lot of information that we need to know in order to make a valuation of a person’s case, and that valuation takes time to develop. It takes time to look at how much the medical bills are going to cost someone when they’re done with their treatment. We don’t know what their treatment is going to be. Sometimes the injured person will get back to work in two months, or sometimes they’ll never get back to work. Unfortunately, when it comes to truck accidents, a lot of the time that does happen and the quality of life is permanently affected.
All of those are factors that play into what the value of a case is, and until we know what the extent of those injuries are and the extent of the effects of the accident are, we can’t place a value on that case. After a certain period of time when we do have all this information, we will be able to make a valuation, and we’ll sit down with our clients and discuss that with them.
Should I Give the Insurance a Recorded Statement?
In truck accidents, you have very sophisticated defense counsel that is involved from the moment an accident happens, and they are looking to minimize the amount of money that they will pay out in damages to the person who has been harmed in that truck accident.
You need to find an attorney to act on your behalf when answering any questions to an insurance company and deciding whether or not to speak to an insurance company. It is only an attorney with the experience necessary in that area who can tell you under what circumstances you should or should not speak to someone from an insurance company or from the defendant’s office.
How Long Will It Take to Settle?
It is not clear when your case is going to end is for a couple of reasons. You have individualized injuries, which means that there are specific aspects in certain circumstances of a truck accident that will determine how long things take place in the case. Sometimes you’ll need extensive surgeries over extended periods of time that are unknown and not defined yet that we will need to discover so that we can maximize the recovery we can make for you by knowing what your total damages will be in the end. Sometimes there are simple injuries that we know aren’t going to need treatment. In those circumstances, we can move things along quicker.
Mainly, we can’t tell you exactly when your claim is going to get resolved. Sometimes it depends on how an insurance adjuster feels that day, or if the case has to go to court, it depends on rulings a judge may make, It may also depend on a jury or appellate court, if you have to go that far. There is just no easy way to tell you, given the particular individual aspects of your case and the characteristics of it, when a particular case will get resolved.
What we can promise you is that we will do our best to process your case as quickly as possible so that it fits the particular circumstances and needs of your life and your case so that we can get the biggest recovery possible for you.
Call Our Office Today for a Free Consultation
If you want a strong, dedicated, and skilled Florida truck accident attorney to represent you after you have been seriously injured, please do not hesitate to call our office today to set up a free initial consultation. We are here to help you find success in your truck accident case. Let us be your champion. We will collect and protect your evidence, fight the insurance company for full and fair compensation, and make sure you are fully informed and supported along the way.