The amount of money that you settle for after a truck accident varies depending on many factors. In general, truck accident settlements fluctuate based on the cost of the damages suffered, the role of a liable party, and the scope of the case. For example, large vehicles such as commercial trucks tend to cause major forms of damage, which may lead to a larger settlement amount than a case involving smaller vehicles.
A lawyer who focuses on these accidents will look at the specifics of the accident as they collect evidence and identify a liable party.
Large Trucks Can Cause Large Accidents
Size and weight are two major factors in truck accidents. As such, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has several size and weight limits in place to reduce the risks that commercial truck drivers take when carrying cargo.
When a commercial driver or their company fails to abide by these guidelines, they put themselves and other drivers at risk of severe personal injuries, damaged vehicles, and even wrongful death. Those who violate the size and weight limit laws face severe legal consequences.
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Your Settlement Could Account for the Serious Damages of a Truck Accident
These factors and others may play a role in a truck accident case. Your lawyer will examine the costs of the damages incurred in an accident.
- For example, medical expenses for serious personal injuries can be quite costly.
- In addition to medical costs related to major injuries, a victim’s vehicle may suffer substantial damage.
- Psychological trauma and other forms of pain and suffering are also worth examining in the fallout of a truck accident.
When you have a lawyer working on your side, they will look at these damages and others to determine a value for your case.
Meet the Statute of Limitations Deadline to Seek the Settlement You Deserve
According to Florida Statutes § 95.11, you have a limited amount of time to take legal action after an accident that causes a personal injury in the state of Florida. When you connect with a lawyer after an accident, they can begin to collect evidence and build a case that represents your legal position.
However, if you fail to act within the statute of limitations in the state of Florida, then it is likely that you will find yourself with no options.
How a Lawyer Can Help You go After a Fair Settlement
After a truck accident, you could be facing serious health challenges. This may not be an ideal time for you to take on a legal case alone.
An injury attorney can help you with all the details of your case. Their job will be to seek the best possible settlement available.
To do so, an attorney will:
Gather Evidence of Negligence
To seek fair compensation after a truck accident, you will need to show that the truck driver or the trucking company was negligent in some way. An attorney can get to work to immediately gather this crucial evidence, working with sources such as:
- Police reports
- Black box data
- Dashboard camera details
- Company logbooks
- Records of past company violations
- Accident reconstruction data
- Traffic camera footage
A lawyer can also investigate other sources of evidence to determine if other parties could be liable for the accident, such as information from cargo loading companies, truck parts manufacturers, and more.
As you can imagine, some of this evidence should be gathered as soon as possible – or else, it may be destroyed or deleted. A lawyer can capture all the evidence available to demonstrate how the other party was negligent.
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Prove the Extent of Your Injuries
As mentioned, your injuries after a truck accident could be substantial or even catastrophic. You could be facing a long recovery from a back injury, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or many other painful conditions.
A lawyer will work to determine all the costs associated with your injuries, proving that these injuries are serious and you deserve compensation accordingly. They can use evidence from:
- Your medical records
- Notes from your doctors
- Expert testimony proving the extent of your injuries
Typically, an injury lawyer will want to help you recover the costs of your past, present, and future medical care costs. They will help you estimate and prove the cost of any future surgeries, therapy, and more – so that you won’t have to pay out of pocket for these expenses.
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Handle the Negotiation or Take Your Case to Trial
The next step for your case is negotiation or litigation. A lawyer can take the evidence that proves the facts of your case and then use it to seek the settlement you deserve.
This could take time, as trucking companies may not want to pay out your claim immediately. If the negotiations don’t lead to a fair settlement offer, your lawyer can file a lawsuit.
Deal with Pushback From Large Trucking Companies
Injury lawyers have experience dealing with large companies, such as trucking companies. Therefore, they will be familiar with the kinds of tactics the other party’s adjusters and lawyers may use to lower your settlement amount. For instance, the trucking company may try to claim that your injuries aren’t as serious as you say or that you bore some fault for the accident.
An injury lawyer who handles truck accident cases knows how to be prepared for these challenges. They will have methods of arguing for your fair compensation and proving the facts in your case.
Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Today
How much you should settle for after a truck accident often varies widely. It is difficult to determine the average settlement amount for any accident. A lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will defend your position and build a case on your behalf as we fight to recover any forms of monetary compensation that you may be owed after a truck accident.