Ideally, you should start your truck accident case as soon as possible. Holding an at-fault party liable involves a series of tasks, and you will want to give your case the time it deserves.
As time passes, medical bills add up, and you may also be missing work. If you cannot secure compensation through mediation with an insurer, you will also have to file your lawsuit within the statute of limitations.
The Statute of Limitations for Filing a Lawsuit
In Florida, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim after a truck accident is four years, according to Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a). This deadline begins counting down from the date of your accident. Meanwhile, if you lost a loved one to a truck accident, you only have two years to take legal action, per Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(d).
Failing to meet this deadline risks your opportunity to hold an at-fault party liable for your losses. Still, some exceptions apply. A lawyer from our firm can determine exactly how long you have to take legal action.
The sooner you begin working on your case, the better. We can start building your case immediately after you call.
Medical Costs for Truck Accident Injuries Can Add Up Quickly
Truck accidents can result in severe, life-threatening injuries, and you may require months or years of recovery. The sooner you begin seeking compensation, the sooner you can access the treatment you need.
Our legal team has handled numerous cases involving car and truck accidents. We can help you seek fair compensation by calculating your damages in a timely manner.
Potential Compensation in a Truck Accident Case
You may stand to recover:
- Current medical costs, such as surgeries and emergency room care
- Ongoing medical costs, such as rehabilitation
- Lost wages
- Lost bonuses, benefits, and time off
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of quality of life
If you lost a loved one in a truck accident, we can help you seek wrongful death damages. You may recover your loved one’s medical bills, funeral costs, and income.
Determining Liability in a Truck Accident Case Can Take Time
Truck accidents can get very complex since liability could lie with several parties. For example, if you had an accident with a commercial truck, the driver’s employer may vicariously bear liability.
We can conduct an independent investigation to get to the bottom of what happened. It takes additional time to gather evidence, but what we collect may point to one or more of these parties:
The Truck Driver
Truck drivers must adhere to a variety of specific laws and regulations. Our investigation into their truck’s black box may reveal they were speeding at the time of the accident. It takes time to acquire this data, though.
The Truck Driver’s Employer
If a commercial truck driver was on duty at the time of the accident, we could go after compensation from their employer, as well. The employer’s insurance company may challenge your claim for compensation, though. Therefore, we need time to gather evidence of their liability and negotiate a fair settlement.
The Truck Manufacturer
In another instance, the truck manufacturer may be liable if a defective auto part caused or contributed to the accident. Again, it takes time to determine if a malfunction occurred.
In some cases, multiple parties share liability for an accident. Going between each party’s insurer can cause delays, so the sooner you begin the process, the better you can protect your rights to compensation.
A Doctor Needs Time to Diagnose Your Injuries
Not all truck accident injuries are readily apparent. Your doctor may recommend a series of diagnostic tests, such as X-rays and MRIs, to determine what kind of injuries you suffered. You will have to schedule these tests, wait for the results, and follow up with your doctor.
This process can take time, but it is important to see it through. You need to understand the full extent of your injuries to determine the appropriate treatment and its costs. If your injuries require ongoing care, you will want to seek a settlement that accounts for this future expense.
Our Truck Accident Lawyers Can Get Started on Your Case Immediately
You have a limited window for seeking compensation, and holding an at-fault party liable takes time. Working on your case alone may only cause more delays. Still, a lawyer also needs time to gather evidence, calculate your damages, and negotiate a settlement—the sooner you act, the better.
We Can Help.