Jacksonville Truck Accident Lawyer
Commercial truck drivers are some of the most important workers in the United States, delivering a staggering amount of goods and supplies across the country on a daily basis. In fact, commercial trucks drove over 140 BILLION miles in 2018 in order to keep the United States operating smoothly with a steady flow of goods in the supply chain. As you can imagine, someone whose full-time job is driving a large vehicle has a variety of requirements, certifications, licensing, and other standards that they must adhere to in order to prove that they can safely operate these vehicles. Oftentimes, a commercial truck driver will have an insurance policy in excess of $1 million in liability coverage because of the catastrophic damage these types of large vehicles can cause.
Have You Been Hurt in a Truck Accident?
If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, then it is important to understand your rights, options, and what to expect as you prepare to submit an injury claim to the commercial insurance company representing the at-fault driver. While it is true that commercial policies have higher policy limits, and therefore more money available to pay victims, it is equally true that the process is more complicated, and the defense team more aggressive.
Fasig | Brooks is Here to Help
The award-winning team at Fasig | Brooks is here to help you through every step of the arduous, and often overwhelming process of filing an insurance claim, dealing with an investigation, and negotiating a settlement—all while trying to recover from your injuries. Do not feel like you need to do this on your own. When you hire a law firm, you can prioritize your recovery while confidently handling your legal issues to an experienced and aggressive attorney who is dedicated to getting you what is right.
Read more below to learn about some specifics around truck accidents in Jacksonville, and contact Fasig | Brooks now to speak directly with a motorcycle accident attorney now. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we will be able to begin building a strong case for your settlement.
What to Do After a Truck Accident in Jacksonville
As with any accident, the most important thing to do after a truck accident is to focus on your immediate health needs. This means making sure that someone calls 911 if you are unable to, getting out of the way of additional harm if you are able to, and taking any appropriate or possible steps that can avoid any additional, secondary injuries like another crash, a fire, or any number of other complications.
Whether you call or someone else does, one of the most important things to do in an accident is to alert the authorities. That way, the Jacksonville police, fire department, and EMTs will be able to get to the scene of the accident as soon as possible and secure the area. Once they arrive, the police will be able to divert traffic while the fire department addresses hazardous conditions and the EMTs attend to the injured.
Get Medical Help
After an accident, it is completely reasonable for you to feel overwhelmed with adrenaline and an urge to stay calm. However, it is important that you do not let your adrenaline overshadow your injuries. Accept the necessary medical attention at the scene of the accident, and whether or not you require an ambulance, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Not only does seeing a doctor improve your health outcomes, but it also establishes an official record of your injuries that will be central to your insurance claim.
Hire a Lawyer
Many people believe that the next step is to file an insurance claim, but before doing that it can be very helpful to partner with an experienced and proven truck accident attorney in Jacksonville. From the moment you contact the insurance company, they will be taking all steps to limit the amount of money that you ultimately receive as a settlement. Having an attorney to counter these actions while you are focusing on recovery can be extremely advantageous. The best way to get the settlement that you deserve is to start by knowing what you are actually entitled to. Your lawyer will be able to help you make sense of every aspect of this case and help you build a strong argument.
File an Insurance Claim
Once you have the right legal team handling your case, the next step is to initiate your claim. When you submit a claim to an insurance company, a claims adjuster will be assigned to the case. The adjuster will request a wide range of documentation to prove your damages, and may additionally require that you attend an independent medical examination to confirm your injuries. These IMEs are fairly routine but can be problematic when you remember that this doctor is contracted by the insurance company, and is trying to poke holes in your case. Your attorney will advise you every step of the way.
Florida Trucking Laws
Florida, as well as a range of federal agencies, has a range of laws that are applied to anyone who is operating a commercial vehicle including an 18-wheeler or a semi-truck. The Department of Transportation, and in particular the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration, set out a range of laws and regulations that apply to anyone operating a commercial vehicle, including maximum hours of service in a given period of time, harsher DUI laws, and more. As a result of the state and federal laws regulating the commercial trucking industry, it will be more complicated to simply understand what types of laws were violated before even beginning to build a complete personal injury case.
The good news about the additional laws and regulations is that an experienced individual can recognize a range of violations or other things that contribute fault, but finding these violations can be overwhelming.
Contact Fasig | Brooks and Hire the Right Legal Team
When you are working with the team at Fasig | Brooks after a truck accident in Jacksonville, you can be confident that we have a history of experience and expertise with making sense of these types of cases, and that we are bringing this experience to your own claims process. Every step of your case with us will be thought out and strategized with the intention of maximizing your settlement and giving you the financial cushion you deserve to move forward with your life.
Contact us now for a free initial consultation. We will be happy to discuss your situation, as well as a variety of past cases similar to yours so that you can get a real-world idea of what to expect as one of our valued clients.