Truck accidents are often catastrophic. But the pain does not end there. Dealing with the physical, emotional, and financial trauma that follows a truck accident can be overwhelming and leave your life feeling like it has been turned upside down. Fortunately, you do not have to do it alone.
A truck accident lawyer in Davie at Coffey Trial Law can help. Our attorneys have spent their careers helping injured Floridians get the compensation they deserve. We know the tricks trucking companies use to get out of paying you the settlement you deserve and how to fight them.
They might try to intimidate you out of filing a claim. Or they might offer you a lowball settlement in hopes you will take whatever you can get. But at Coffey Trial Law, we know how to get tough with stubborn trucking companies. And we fight tooth-and-nail to get our clients the recovery they deserve after such a traumatic event.
Give us a call to see what we can do for you: 954-541-3194.
What You Need to Know About Trucking Accidents
There is a complex, lengthy process that will occur after an accident.
First, police will investigate the incident. This may include taking photos of the scene of the accident, collecting evidence, or interviewing you, the truck driver, or any eyewitnesses at the scene.
After gathering all necessary information, the officers will draft a police report. This will come in handy later.
The truck driver will also be subject to an alcohol and drug screening test under these conditions:
- If the accident resulted in a fatality
- If anyone was physically injured in the accident and sent immediately for medical treatment
- If any vehicle in the accident was damaged beyond repair and required a tow truck to be removed from the scene
While you will have the opportunity to recover compensation from the at-fault truck driver, you need to cover the initial costs of your injuries.
Since Florida is a “no fault” state, your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance will grant you up to $10,000 to cover 80 percent of the costs of your injuries and 60 percent of your lost wages, provided you see a doctor within 14 days of the accident.
Once you have exceeded these limits and proven your injuries are serious, you can file a claim against the trucking company.
Even if the truck driver was at fault, you will hold the trucking company liable for your injuries. This is because under the concept of vicarious liability, employers are liable for the negligent actions of their employees.
While this means that you will likely be able to recover a higher settlement, it will also make it more difficult.
If you did not already hire a lawyer for help recovering PIP benefits, now is the time.
Why do I need a lawyer?
Filing a truck accident claim is exceedingly complicated and requires special knowledge most people do not have.
For instance, did you know that you would need to send a spoliation letter to the trucking company to prevent them from destroying any important records or documents related to your accident? Did you know that truck drivers can only drive a certain amount of hours before taking a break? Did you know laws prohibit drivers from engaging in hand-held cell phone use?
Our attorneys know the ins-and-outs of filing a truck accident claim. We will send a spoliation letter for you, collect all evidence, and analyze it for any signs of negligence (e.g., driving over the allotted hours of service, neglecting maintenance, drinking and driving, texting and driving) as well as manage the rest of your case against the trucking company.
Another reason it is so important that you have legal representation is that we know how to negotiate with corporate trucking companies to make sure the trucking companies do not take advantage of you.
We can help you recover compensation for:
- Expensive medical bills, including surgeries, overnight hospital stays, physical therapy, ongoing care, in-home care and more
- Lost wages (both current and future)
- Damage to your car or other property
- Costs of your pain and suffering and mental anguish
Call Us to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you have been involved in a severe trucking accident in the state of Florida, our attorneys can help you with every aspect of your claim from filing a claim to negotiations, even filing a lawsuit on your behalf.
Remember that you only have four years to file a lawsuit, do not delay. Filing a claim, gathering evidence, and negotiating with the trucking company’s lawyers can take months or even years. Call us to secure legal representation as soon as possible.
We fight hard for our clients and their rights. That is why you will not pay a cent unless we win you the compensation you deserve for your losses.
Schedule a consultation today: 954-541-3194.