Lawyers You Can Trust After A Trucking Accident
A Florida accident involving a commercial truck can be one of the most severe accidents you could be involved in. You may be left with serious physical injuries as well as substantial financial burdens, and it's easy to feel as though you have no allies during this time. Our lawyers know that this can be a difficult period, and we fight to make sure that no matter what was involved in your accident, you get the compensation you deserve. We fight to make those responsible pay. The lawyers of Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh have the firm belief that for the injured, getting justice pays.
However, a trucking accident personal injury case can involve a lot of different variables than aren't present in other types of auto accidents. As such, it's important to take a moment to understand more about this type of personal injury law. We'll fight for you, and we'll handle the entire process form start to finish. But knowing more about what to expect can help you prepare.
Why Is A Trucking Accident Lawsuit So Important?
The sheer size and weight of a commercial truck means that those who are involved in an accident with one could be left with some of the most serious injuries on Florida roads.
Commercial trucking accidents often lead to major injuries including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
This means that for many, the road to a physical recovery will be very long and difficult to make. And making things worse is the fact that you'll have mounting medical bills and debt. You could miss work for weeks, months, or even years - and in serious instances may be unable to ever return to work in the capacity you once did.
This means that your financial future could be at serious risk due to a trucking accident. And when you are so focused on your finances, it can be difficult to put your full attention on your physical well-being.
As such, a truck accident lawsuit could be vital for making the recovery you need in order to get your life back on track after an accident. Our lawyers handle the entire process for you - you only need to sign documents occasionally as we fight to get you what you deserve. You can focus on physically healing as we make those responsible for your injuries pay for their actions.
What Am I Owed?
It's impossible to say for sure what a trucking accident lawsuit will be worth to those injured without reviewing all of the information first. However, a number of factors should be considered when structuring a settlement amount that is fair.
Some of the things that your damages should include are:
- Medical bills
- Future potential medical bills
- Medications and medical supplies
- Lost wages
- Future potential lost wages
- Compensation for loss of earning potential
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
Our lawyers consult with experts in the medical and financial fields and review each aspect of your case. This way we have an exact figure as to the true, overall financial impact of the accident on your finances. Once we have that figure, we use it to fight to get what you are owed. We get you the most from your injuries and don't back down until you get what you deserve.
Fault In A Trucking Accident
With any Florida accident, you will be entitled to financial compensation if you are able to show that the other side acted in a manner that was negligent or reckless and that those actions are what led to your injuries.
In auto accidents and in trucking accidents, this includes:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while intoxicated
- Failure to follow traffic laws
- Failure to yield right of way
Essentially, if a reasonable person would recognize an action to be reckless or negligent, then it is likely that you have the grounds to seek compensation if the driver acted in that way.
However, with trucking accidents there are additional factors to consider. The government has very strict regulations in place for commercial truck drivers, and they must abide by these rules completely. If they fail to do so, it could mean that they acted recklessly or negligently as well and that you have the right to compensation.
Some examples of this include:
- Driving more than legally allowed of commercial drivers
- Hauling loads that are above legal weight limits
- Not logging all hours or miles driven
- Driving without CDLs
Our lawyers know how to determine fault quickly, and how to prove that you are owed compensation. We'll fight to get you what you deserve in a trucking accident.
Is The Trucking Company At Fault As Well?
One of the biggest differences in a truck accident lawsuit is who could be held liable for your injuries. While a driver may be held at fault, it is often the case that a trucking company could be liable as well.
This is especially true when trucking companies fail to enforce government rules, require their drivers to break those rules, or have policies in place that could encourage drivers to break the law when driving. Here are some examples of how trucking companies could be at fault for your accident.
- If they require drivers to meet delivery quotas that force them to drive more than legally allowed.
- If they force drivers to haul loads larger than legally allowed
- If they fail to provide logbooks or don't require drivers to log their hours and miles appropriately
- If they have bonuses or incentives that encourage reckless, unsafe driving
- If they don't maintain their vehicles properly
- If they don't conduct proper background or drug and alcohol screenings for drivers
Trucking companies have a legal obligation to make sure that their drivers are driving safely and that they are protecting the general public. If they fail to do so, they could be held responsible for the injuries that are caused by their drivers. Our lawyers have no problem taking the fight to these big trucking companies and getting you what you're owed.
Fighting The Powerful It can be a huge challenge getting you what you deserve from a truck accident lawsuit. Any personal injury claim will involve a long process and could take months or even years to fully complete. But when you're going up against the trucking companies, it can be even more complex.
That's because trucking companies have deep pockets with which to fight, and they try to avoid paying out a dime whenever they can.
Their legal teams will use numerous tactics to prevent you from getting what you're owed including:
- Avoiding contact
- Offering you settlements that are lower than what you deserve
- Making you jump through unnecessary legal hoops
- Refusing to pay at all
It can make it frustrating and stressful for anyone, which is why our law firm fights so hard. We fight for the injured, not the powerful. And we take getting you what you truly deserve very seriously.
Some of the ways that we prove fault include:
- Accident reports
- Surveillance camera footage
- Witness statements
- Driver logs
- Past complaints about drivers or companies
- Accident reconstructions
- Black box data
That last point is one of the most important. Today's commercial trucks - and most new cars - are all equipped with onboard data recorders just like those on airplanes.
We can access the black box data and use it to view things like:
- Braking information
- Turning information
- And more
This data can then quickly be applied to your case, showing that the truck driver was acting unsafely. As such, the black box recorder has become one of the greatest tools for proving fault in a personal injury lawsuit and will be one of the first steps that we take in showing that you're entitled to restitution.
The trucking companies may try to push you around, and may try to avoid paying out. But the fact is that with our lawyers on your side, you'll have a fierce advocate who will fight to make sure you get what you deserve. We'll make them pay, even if they try to stop us.
Will We Go To Court?
In most cases, personal injury lawsuits end with a settlement agreement. This is especially true when you have us on your side. Our team has a reputation for fighting to get you what you deserve, and when the other side knows that we aren't afraid to go to court, they'll be more likely to stop bullying and start trying to reach a settlement with you.
Reaching a settlement instead of going to court has numerous benefits including:
- You get your money faster
- Your settlement can't be overturned
- There is no risk of being denied money in a trial
- Your legal fees are lower
- You experience less stress
- Your privacy is more protected
However, if we have to go to court and fight, we will do so. In any situation, you won't have to pay us a dime until we win your case, at which point we deduct your legal fees from your settlement amount. And you don’t' have to do a thing as we fight for you. You can focus on your physical recovery while we take care of the difficult process of getting you what you're owed.
We strongly believe, getting Justice Pays.
If you've been injured in a trucking accident in Florida, don't let yourself languish or feel like you have nowhere to turn. You have rights, and getting the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries is incredibly important for making sure your future remains bright. Our team will fight for you and get you the money you are owed. Contact us today so we can review your case and get started fighting for you.