Truck Accident FAQ
If you have been involved in an accident with a truck, it is likely that you have many questions about how you should handle the next steps, what to expect, and how the legal process works if you are planning to pursue a personal injury case. We have compiled this list of frequent questions to give you a general overview, but will be able to answer more specific questions during an initial consultation. Contact us today to schedule your consultation, and begin the process of recovering the damages you are entitled to after your truck accident.
Friedland & Associates is a team of experienced personal injury and truck accident lawyers in Fort Lauderdale, and will be happy to represent you through your case.
What Should I Do After a Truck Accident?
The first thing that you should do after a truck accident, if you are able to, is to be sure that you are in a safe place away from oncoming traffic or potential hazards that were created from your accident (fuel spills, broken glass, etc). Make sure that the police are informed of the accident, and seek immediate medical attention for anyone who was injured in the accident.
Do not leave the scene of the accident under any circumstances, until you have confirmed with the other driver that you are free to do so, even if there were no apparent damages.
What Should I Do If I Was Injured In a Truck Accident?
Seek medical attention immediately if you were injured. Even if your injuries do not require a trip to the emergency room, you should meet with your doctor as soon as possible. Many injuries, such as whiplash or some back injuries, may take a while to show their true extent, but if you have not established a medical record of dealing with the accident, the insurance company may claim it was not related to the accident.
Should I Pursue a Personal Injury Case After My Truck Accident?
Personal injury lawsuits rely on three initial points before you are able to move forward on them:
- The other driver was acting negligent and caused the accident
- You sustained injuries as a result of the accident
- There were financial impacts to the accident
If you are able to say “yes” to all three of these requirements, then you may be able to move forward with a personal injury settlement or lawsuit. Contact us today to discuss your specific situation, and get a better understanding of your options.
How Much Money Is My Truck Accident Case Worth?
There is no set amount that a truck accident is worth, and can vary greatly depending on the extent of your injuries, the circumstances of the accident, and the actions of the truck driver, to name a few factors. Truck accidents are complicated because of the nature of commercial trucking and commercial insurance, but we will be happy to discuss this in great detail with you during your consultation.
Do I Have a Time Limit To File a Personal Injury Case After a Truck Accident?
Florida laws set a four-year statute of limitations, with the time starting on the date of the accident. Just like it is important to establish contact with your doctor as soon as possible after the accident, it is equally important to begin the process well within the allowed time. The longer you wait, the more likely you are to forget key details, and the insurance company will be able to argue that some of your claims may not have resulted from the accident.
Am I Required To Hire An Attorney For My Personal Injury Case?
There are no laws in Florida requiring you to have an attorney represent you, but it is highly suggested that you do so. During the course of negotiations with the insurance company, you will be dealing directly with their own team of lawyers, who will use their experience to maneuver the negotiations in their best interests. If you are required to go to trial, you will also be dealing with a team of attorneys, and the courts implore both defendants and plaintiffs to use an attorney.
Contact Us Today
Before you go any further with your personal injury claim, contact us to determine your options and rights, and how we can help you through this process.