Truck accidents take dozens of lives in Florida every year. No matter how safe a passenger vehicle driver is driving, a negligent or reckless truck driver could cause a catastrophic accident. If you or a loved one was recently in a truck accident in Florida, contact Kelley | Uustal for a free case review. Our Florida truck accident lawyers know how to hold major trucking companies and their drivers accountable for causing collisions.
Why Choose Our Florida Truck Accident Attorneys?
- We have taken cases to court and won up against some of the biggest corporations in the world. Florida trucking companies do not scare our lawyers.
- We put people first in every case we take. Our clients are our top priority. Our track record of success comes from the hard work and hours we dedicate to our clients.
- We make hiring a truck accident attorney affordable for every victim. We operate on contingency, so you will only pay if we win your case.
How an Attorney Can Help
Negotiating a truck accident claim takes special transportation industry know-how. Trucking accidents are unique because they often involve a large company as the defendant rather than an individual driver. Trucking companies are vicariously responsible for the actions of their drivers, as well as for any accidents involving their trucks. If a truck accident causes serious injuries, victims in Florida have the right to file lawsuits for damages. A Florida truck accident lawyer can help with every phase of the complex litigation process.
Florida Truck Accident Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations is a legal time limit Florida
lawmakers set on each type of civil lawsuit. Statutes of limitations are
different in each state. In Florida, you have four years to bring a personal
injury lawsuit founded on negligence or a willful wrongdoing. The clock may
start ticking on the date of the accident or the date of injury discovery –
whichever is later. You only have two years from the date of death, however, if
the trucking accident took a loved one’s life and you wish to bring a wrongful
death action. Do not miss your deadline. Most courts will refuse to hear a case
if its statute of limitations has passed.
Damages & Settlements in a Truck Accident Case
Damages refer to both the losses the victim suffered and the
potential compensation during a personal injury lawsuit. The damages available
to a victim will depend on the extent of the losses, severity of injuries, and
circumstances of the collision. In general, accidents that cause more serious
injuries will be worth more than minor accidents. In Florida, a victim cannot
seek compensation from the at-fault party unless his or her injuries are
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Emotional distress or mental anguish
- Past and future medical expenses
- Disability costs and lost wages
- Property damage repairs
- Lost quality or enjoyment of life
- Punitive damages
Most trucking accident cases achieve successful settlements without requiring the claimant to go to court. If the trucking company denies responsibility for the accident, however, the victim may need to go to trial. Hiring a law firm with trial experience and the ability to finance a court case, like Kelley | Uustal, can prepare you for either scenario. Your attorney can negotiate a higher settlement award or take the trucking corporation to court in pursuit of fair compensation.
Contact Our Florida Truck Accident Attorneys Today
Working with an attorney can be the best move you make after
a serious truck accident in Florida. Talk to a lawyer today at no charge when
you contact our firm.