Experienced Jacksonville Truck Accident Attorneys
Have You been Injured In a Truck Collision?
Truck accidents are some of the most devastating accidents on the road in the United States – and they are one of the hardest types of accidents for filing a personal injury claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you may need a lawyer to help you file a claim with the driver’s insurance company in order to receive compensation.
If the insurance company is not willing to help, your Lawyer can then take the case to trial and file a suit against the trucking company.
How Our Jacksonville Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a truck accident, you may have numerous parties that can be held liable for your injuries. These parties can include the truck driver, the company, and even the truck’s service team.
It is very common for these groups to deny liability, making it difficult for you to prove who is responsible for your injuries.
After an accident involving a truck, you need an lawyer that understands these types of complex cases. The trucking company has its own insurance company and team of lawyers that will work hard to disprove your claim. With the right lawyer by your side, you can better your chances for a fair settlement.
By hiring a Jacksonville Truck Accident Attorney you get someone that can:
- Review any footage or photographs of the accident
- Interview and collect witness statements
- Hire an investigator to look into the accident
- Review all accident reports and police reports
- Analyze medical records
- Interview physicians and take sworn statements
- Consult and/or retain accident experts for testimony
Filing Your Lawsuit: Who Do You Sue?
In trucking accident cases, there are a variety of parties that may be held responsible for your injuries. A skilled Truck Accident Lawyer can help you identify which parties are liable. These can include:
- The driver
- The driver’s employer
- The company that owns the truck
- The company that leases out the truck
- The company that owns the truck trailer
- The company that manufactured components of the truck or trailer
- The mechanic responsible for servicing the truck
A good Lawyer will not just look at the driver, but look at all potential causes for the accident, which in turn, help prove fault and liability. This can include:
- Investigating the driver
- Inspecting driving logs
- Inspecting the history of the truck and trailer
- Looking for previous violations
- Looking into past criminal convictions
- Looking into product or manufacturing defects
Common Injuries in Truck Accidents
Due to the sheer size of a truck, the injuries in these types of accidents are often much more severe than other types of accidents. Just some of the injuries a person may encounter include:
- Brain injuries or head trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
Recovering Compensation for Your Truck Accident Injuries
If you or a loved one was injured in a semi-truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Some of the compensation you may be entitled to includes:
- Medical Costs – These can include fees, medical bills, emergency room visits, hospitalization, surgeries, physical therapy, medical devices and appointments.
- Lost Wages – If you had to take time away from work or you are permanently unable to work, you can sue for your lost wages as well as future wages you would have earned.
- Pain and Suffering – This can include the physical pain you have endured as well as the emotional pain associated with your accident.
Truck Accidents FAQs:
A commercial truck is a vehicle used in the course of business and/or for transport of commercial goods. Some examples include 18-wheeler tractor trailers, tanker trucks, logging trucks, delivery vehicles and various other large freight trucks.
Typically, a fully-loaded large commercial truck can weigh in excess of 80,000 pounds and often travel at or exceeding of highway speed limits. The average passenger automobile weighs around 3,000 pounds. Due to basic physics, this type of collision will often be very damaging to the smaller vehicle and its passengers.
These types of accidents usually result from a combination of factors including:
- Improperly securing the cargo or load
- Characteristics and performance of a truck such as accelerating, braking and visibility
- The driver of the truck is not paying enough attention
- The driver of the car is not respecting the slower reaction capabilities of the truck
Yes. Your damages may include income and earning potential lost as a result of the accident.
This will depend on whether an employment relationship is established between the driver and the company. If this type of relationship is proven, then the company may be held legally liable for the driver’s negligence. In a case where the driver owns the truck and contracts with the company, the amount of supervision employed by the company may determine the company’s liability. Independent drivers who contract to companies must carry their own insurance coverage separate from the company they work for.
A commercial truck’s “No-Zone” is that area behind the truck where the truck driver cannot see you in his mirrors. This is a very hazardous place to drive and should be avoided if at all possible. The best approach is to keep a safe distance depending on speed, highway conditions and weather.
Yes. You should consult an attorney that is experienced in commercial truck accident litigation. He will ensure that your claim is properly assessed.
To learn more about truck accidents in Jacksonville or anywhere in Florida, please contact Hardesty, Tyde, Green and Ashton, PA. today.
Contact Our Team of Skilled Jacksonville Truck Accident Attorneys Today
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you need a lawyer by your side that can help fight back against insurance adjusters and the lawyers the trucking company will hire.
The team at Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton are here to help. We can assist you with your truck accident case and we aggressively fight to protect your right to compensation.
By calling our team of Jacksonville truck accident attorneys right now at (904) 398-2212, you will get a free, no obligation consultation regarding your truck accident case.
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