Suing After a Truck Accident: Frequently Asked Questions
Large commercial trucks are regularly seen crisscrossing Florida’s highways and roads, hauling essential goods and materials from place to place. These vehicles perform a necessary role in the Nation’s economy, and are one of the most commonly utilized methods of the commercial transportation of nearly everything, from foodstuffs to building materials. Unfortunately, these vehicles also pose a significant risk of injury other people using the roadways. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety1 (IIHS), these vehicles can weigh as much as 20 to 30 times as much as smaller passenger vehicles, making them capable of causing extensive damage and serious injury when they are involved in collisions. For this reason, anyone hurt in an accident involving a commercial truck should contact a Clearwater truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.
After a truck accident, many people are confused and uncertain as to what to do next. The information below is intended to answer some of the more commonly asked questions regarding lawsuits that arise after a truck accident. For specific information about your case, call the Dolman Law Group today.
Do I have to file a lawsuit?
One of the first questions that we often hear from injured victims is whether or not It will actually be necessary to file a legal action. The answer is that, in many cases, a case will be settled without a lawsuit every being filed. This is not to say that victims to not need to retain an attorney, however, as these kinds of cases often involve extensive negotiations regarding the amount of damages to which a victims is entitled.
How much will it cost me to sue a truck driver or a trucking company?
There are significant costs associated with litigation, but as a client of the Dolman Law Group, you do not have to pay any of the upfront costs of a lawsuit. In fact, we will not collect any legal fees at all unless we successfully recover on your behalf. Some of the costs associated with filing a lawsuit include investigating the case, obtaining evidence, presenting the evidence in a way to which the judge or jury will be responsive, and the use of expert witnesses.
What kinds of damages can I recover?
While every case is different, the kinds of damages often recovered in a truck accident case include the following:
- The costs associated with past, current, and future medical treatment
- The damage that occurred to your property
- Any income that you lost because you were unable to work
- Loss of quality of life
- Compensation for the physical and emotional pain and suffering that you experienced
How much compensation you will actually receive depends on a variety of factors, and our attorneys will thoroughly analyze your case and give you a general idea of what your case might be worth.
When should I call an attorney?
People who are in a wreck involving a commercial vehicle should talk to an attorney immediately. Not retaining a lawyer shortly after an accident risks the loss or destruction of evidence or you saying or doing something that may indicate liability. Furthermore, Florida’s statute of limitations on injury actions places a time limit on how long you have to file a claim. When you retain an attorney, he or she will ensure that your case is filed in a timely manner and in compliance with all of the relevant procedural rules.
Call the Dolman Law Group today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Clearwater, Florida truck accident attorneys
When truck accidents affect innocent victims, they are often legally entitled to financial compensation under Florida law. Examples of the kinds of damages that are often recoverable in a truck accident case include medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. In cases in which victims are seriously injured, plaintiffs are often able to recover hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. For this reason, anyone that has been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck should discuss their options with an experienced Clearwater truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call the Dolman Law Group today at 727-451-6900. Prospective clients may also reach us via email by filling out and submitting our online contact form.
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Clearwater, FL 33765