What to Expect From Our Attorneys
Accidents involving tractor-trailers or commercial vehicles can be traumatic. This might be one of the scariest events of your life – and possibly the most painful.
We know what you’re going through. You want everything to be back to normal. That’s why our attorneys work to fight for the compensation, transportation, and additional support you most need.
If you’ve been injured in a trucking or commercial vehicle accident in Jacksonville, we can help you:
- Find a physician to treat and document your injuries
- Negotiate medical bills with providers to bring down costs
- Obtain a rental car so you can go back to work
- Recover the full value of your vehicle from before the accident
- Complete all of your paperwork from medical providers and insurance companies
Our ultimate goal is the same as yours: fight for a check that covers your bills so everything can be normal again.
Trucking Accidents Are More Severe
Because of their sheer size and weight, truck accidents are more dangerous than car accidents. At times, they can be fatal. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that in 2017, there was a nine percent increase in truck fatalities from the prior year. This was the highest such rate in nearly three decades. Furthermore, truck accidents can lead to serious property damage.
Types of Truck Accident Injuries
If you are fortunate enough to escape from a truck accident with your life, you still may suffer terrible injuries that require extensive treatment and time to recover from. Some potential truck accident injuries include:
Who is Liable for a Truck Accident in Florida?
There may be more than one cause of a truck accident, and it’s usually through a complete investigation that we find out who was really at fault. The basis for many truck accident cases is negligence and liability can lie with the driver or the driver’s employer. Factors such as speeding, reckless driving, overloaded trucks and violating trucking regulations can all be causes of a trucking accident.
What Type of Damages Can I Receive for a Florida Truck Accident?
In the immediate aftermath of a truck accident, you will be concerned about medical expenses and property damage. As we discussed, truck accidents are often much worse than regular passenger vehicle accidents. While the Florida insurance minimums may be adequate in some cases, many truck accidents see much higher damage expenses.
Florida is one of a handful of no-fault accident states, and this can limit what you recover. For personal injuries, drivers injured are required to go through their own personal injury protection (PIP) insurance to recover expenses. However, this will only cover 80% of your medical bills and 60% of your lost wages up to $10,000. In reality, truck crashes often cause injuries with medical expenses rising into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
We also want you to think about the considerable hidden expenses of truck accidents. This can include:
- Travel to and from hospitals and specialists
- Extended rehabilitation or physical therapy costs
- Cost of possible home or vehicle modifications
- Lost income while you cannot work
- Decreased wage potential due to injuries
- Emotional or psychological damages
All of these expenses can total well over the $10,000 afforded through your PIP insurance. Because of this, it may be necessary to file a claim against the insurer or another negligent party. Since many truck accidents are caused due to driver negligence or truck malfunction, you may be able to pursue punitive damages against the driver or company.
What are the Main Causes of Florida Truck Accidents?
When we consider the causes of Florida truck accidents, we need to think about a variety of factors. Many of the same causes of truck crashes are the same as any vehicle crash. In Florida, we have more large commercial truck traffic than many other places. Because we are a year-round tourist destination, we rely on commercial trucks to deliver the goods we need.
When we want to focus in on two causes of these crashes – truck driver negligence and vehicle failure.
- Truck driver negligence: Commercial trucks and drivers are strictly regulated by the federal government. All drivers must have their commercial driver’s licenses. They should always follow all federal and local regulations regarding driving behavior. This includes never carrying more weight than they are allowed and following all break and rest schedules. Failing to do so can result in fatigued drivers. Truck drivers should also never operate while impaired by drugs or alcohol, and they should never be distracted by electronic devices while driving.
- Vehicle failure: Truck companies and owners have a duty to ensure each vehicle is regularly inspected and maintained. Any known mechanical problems should be fixed immediately. When any part of these large vehicles fails, the truck driver could lose control of the vehicle. We commonly see problems with the following: powertrain, brakes, suspension, steering, connectors/hitches, tires/wheels.
The weather conditions can be more of a problem for large trucks than for passenger vehicles. Slick roadways can lead to problems braking and lead to jackknife incidents. Truck drivers should always be aware of changing weather conditions and adjust their driving to accommodate these changes.
What to do After a Florida Truck Accidents?
In the immediate aftermath of a Florida truck accident, you need to seek medical attention for any injuries you sustain. Call 911 and take an ambulance to the hospital if the injuries are serious. Please understand that it is important to see a doctor for any truck accident injuries. Even if you feel fine immediately after a crash, do not assume you are not hurt. In many cases, the full extent of crash injuries is not felt until hours or even days after an incident. Let a qualified medical professional determine the extent of your injuries.
If you are not seriously injured at the scene of the crash, you need to start documenting everything that happened. If you have a phone with a camera, this is a great way to preserve evidence. Start taking pictures of everything:
- Damage to all vehicles involved in the crash
- All possible causes to the crash
- Traffic patterns
- Weather conditions
- Debris from the crash
Taking photographs from multiple angles and distances will help when it comes to insurance claims. While you are there get the names and phone numbers of any eyewitnesses to the crash. They could help you when it comes to insurance claims or during a possible personal injury lawsuit.
You need to ensure that the police are called to the scene of the crash. They will be able to perform an official investigation and generate the accident report stating who was at fault/what caused the truck crash. Make sure you ask the officer how to receive a copy of the report so you can get it to the insurance company.
When you report the truck crash to your insurance company, please remember that the insurance companies are not your friend – including your personal insurance company. They are not going to want to make any major settlements and will do everything they can to ensure the payout is as low as possible. You should consult with a Florida truck accident attorney about what information to convey to insurance companies and other parties involved in a crash.
Why is it so Important to Act Quickly After a Florida Truck Accidents?
You should take steps immediately after a Florida truck crash occurs to ensure the wheels are set in motion to secure the compensation you need. These cases can take some time to resolve, particularly if you need to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages. We want you to:
- Seek immediate medical attention for your truck crash injuries. The sooner you get medical treatment, the sooner you can get better.
- Eyewitness memories fade over time. You want to get your claim rolling as quickly as possible so they can relay what happened in a reliable manner.
- Evidence from a crash disappears quickly. You want to be able to gather surveillance footage if it is available. Road conditions that caused the crash may be repaired quickly. This is why it is vital to document what you can at the time a crash occurs.
We Have Experience With All Major Insurers
Farah & Farah has the experience you need to get compensation from all of the major Florida insurers, including:
- Bristol West
- Pearl Holding Group
- 21st Century
- Liberty Mutual
- Mercury Insurance
- State Farm
We also regularly work with smaller, regional insurance companies like Florida Farm Bureau Insurance and Florida Peninsula Insurance Company. Whether we are dealing with small or large insurance companies, we will seek to negotiate a result that is fair to you, one that covers all of your truck accident-related expenses.
We will not stop with the insurance companies. If we need to take your case to a personal injury lawsuit level in order to secure the compensation you deserve, we are ready to do that as well. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will not back down from insurance companies or truck companies. You deserve the same coverage that large companies get.
How Much Does a Trucking Accident Lawyer Charge?
At Farah & Farah, we have a contingency fee arrangement, so you won’t have to pay anything unless we win. You have already endured enough hardship after your accident and added costs shouldn’t be part of the equation. We assume all the risk; providing reliable representation and advancing all costs associated with your case. Others may try and take advantage of you in this difficult time. But at Farah & Farah, we serve you, not ourselves.
Farah & Farah Can Help You Get Relief
If you’ve been involved in a trucking accident, contact Farah & Farah right away to make your case heard. We understand what you are going through and our compassionate team of Jacksonville trucking accident attorneys is ready to fight for your rights.
“Your professional and courteous attitude, expert knowledge, and patience in handling my specific issues were very important to me.” -Cathy A.