Accidents involving large trucks (especially 18-wheeler semi-trailer trucks) are among the most serious and most deadly in the U.S. A typical fully-loaded large commercial truck can weigh 80,000 pounds or more. Because 18-wheelers weigh so much more than an average car, the impact is much more severe than an accident involving vehicles similar in size. Large trucks can include big rigs, buses, dump trucks, parcel or mail trucks, and more.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a truck accident in Florida, a personal injury attorney from Glover Law Firm is ready to assist you.
Our attorneys understand the difficulties and confusion that can complicate an automobile or truck accident, especially when injury, loss, or a wrongful death is involved. Because we specialize in Florida accident claims, our Ocala attorneys are well-versed in state specific laws. Our goal is to make this stressful time as easy as possible while ensuring every legal step is taken to provide you with the compensation you are entitled to.
While some insurance companies may be quick to offer a settlement, it is important to understand that collecting damages from a negligent party can be a complicated process, and you need someone at your side who knows exactly how to handle these types of claims.
Glover Law Firm Can Help you after a Truck Accident
Most often, the claim that needs to be filed after a truck accident isn’t with the driver of the vehicle. On the contrary, it’s typically filed with the trucking company that owns the vehicle. However, a number of parties, including the company, the driver, the company leasing the trailer or truck, and even the manufacturer of the truck, may be responsible for loss compensation.
It isn’t uncommon for all of these parties to deny any liability for the truck accident. As your personal injury lawyer, we will help you not only file a claim with the correct parties, but will also assist you in establishing evidence that supports their liability and ensure you receive proper compensation.
What Will Occur During the Investigation?
Generally, the company that owns the truck, along with their insurance company, will begin an immediate investigation. They will speak to witnesses, take pictures of the scene, and evaluate damaged vehicles. At the same time, Florida state authorities will launch their own investigation to determine the cause of the accident. As your Florida auto accident attorney, we will work with experts in the field, along with the state authorities, to gather evidence and investigate the crash to see who is and is not liable for your losses and injuries.
To help determine this, we may investigate:
- Criminal convictions of drivers
- Past violations of federal and Florida state trucking laws
- Maintenance records
- Driving history of the trailer and truck
- Driving records and logs
- Any potential defects in manufacturing
- Road design
- Other underlying circumstances
Every step of our investigation will be to help you obtain the evidence needed to file a claim for financial compensation. This compensation can help offset what your PIP, or Personal Injury Protection insurance does not cover in regards to your wages and medical bills.
In any car or truck accident, the insurance company or negligent party will work to minimize the damages. They will attempt to categorize your injury as temporary, shine a questionable light on important details, and attempt to settle for far less than you may be entitled to, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
It is for this reason you need the help of our knowledgeable, experienced and aggressive attorneys. A particular settlement amount may seem fair, or even generous, now. But funds are exhausted rapidly, especially when medical bills are involved. Our attorneys will properly project future losses as well as addressing immediate needs.
Contact a truck accident attorney at the Glover Law Firm today for a free consultation and case evaluation. You can reach us at (352) 205-4495 or toll-free at (888) 989-1123. You can also contact us online.
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