Truck Accident FAQs
If you suffered a personal injury or lost a loved one in a Florida truck accident, you are likely feeling overwhelmed. You probably have a lot of questions that you would like answered. In this article, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about Florida truck accidents in the hope that it will help people like you. However, please keep in mind that this article is for informational purposes only. If you need legal guidance, it would be best to talk to an attorney.
What Should I Do if I Suffered Injuries in a Florida Truck Accident?
Ensure you seek prompt medical attention. Even if you believe you only suffered minor injuries, you should see a doctor. Some injuries, such as back injuries, can take a while to show their true extent. If you do not see a doctor immediately and establish a medical record, you may experience problems after filing a personal injury claim.
Do NOT speak to the at-fault insurance company before speaking with an experienced attorney. They WILL try to get you to sign a release to relinquish your rights and/or lock you in to an unfavorable position concerning liability.
How Long Do I Have to File a Florida Truck Accident Claim?
In Florida, you have four years to file a negligence claim. You have to seek medical treatment in the first 14 days to be eligible for PIP benefits through your auto insurance.
Who Can Be Held Liable in a Florida Truck Accident Case?
After a Florida truck accident causes injury or death, the negligent or at-fault party is liable for paying for damages. Each truck accident case is different, and depending on the specifics of your case, you may find that one or more than one of the following parties are liable;
- The truck driver
- The truck owner
- The trucking company
- The owner of the freight
- The loader of the freight
- A third-party maintenance company
- The manufacturer of a defective part
It is vital to note that the above is not an exhaustive list of the parties that can be held liable after a Florida truck accident. An attorney can help you determine which party or parties to file a claim against.
What Compensation Can I Receive After a Florida Truck Accident?
Just like liability, how much you receive after a Florida truck accident depends on your case’s specifics. However, if yours is a personal injury, you typically can be able to obtain financial compensation for, among other things;
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If yours is a wrongful death case, you compensation may depend on your relationship to the decedent (i.e. spouse, minor child, adult child, etc.)
How Much Money Is My Florida Truck Accident Case Worth?
There is no set amount that all truck accidents are worth. The value of your Florida truck accident case is dependent on various things, such as the extent of your injuries, how many at-fault parties are involved, and whether you are also to blame for your accident.
How Complicated Are Truck Accident Cases?
The truth is that truck accident cases can be very complicated. That is why it is crucial that you hire a truck accident attorney. For example, the involvement and liability of many different people and parties can make a truck accident case very complicated.
Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one was in a Florida truck accident, do not hesitate to reach out to our truck accident lawyers at Lyons & Snyder. We understand how to investigate truck accidents and can help you prove liability and recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.