Why You Need an Attorney After a Florida Truck Accident
While any kind of car accident can be serious, of course, a truck accident usually leads to devastating results. The sheer size difference between a truck and the typical passenger car exposes car drivers and passengers to much stronger forces – and to much more severe injuries. The effects of these injuries can last a lifetime, if the victim is even able to survive the crash.
Having to deal with the stress and pain associated with a serious injury is hard enough. Trying to deal with insurance companies and trucking companies will only compound a victim’s misery. You can avoid all of that by hiring an experienced truck accident attorney. A legal representative will take all of the responsibilities off of your shoulders so you can focus on getting better as fast as possible.
Jones Law Group attorneys have a reputation for aggressive representation – and also a reputation for delivering results for clients. Put us to the test by contacting us online or calling (727) 571-1333 for a free case review.
The following are just a few reasons you should get in touch with a seasoned attorney as soon as possible.
Trucking and Insurance Companies Have Tons of Resources
If you’re even thinking about trying to go it alone in a truck accident lawsuit, this might be the single most important reason you should reconsider. If you’ve been injured in a wreck with a commercial truck, there’s a very good chance the company that owns the truck has incredibly deep pockets, as does its insurance company.
What does this mean for you? If you decide to take this matter to court, you’ll be going up against skilled, extremely well-compensated attorneys who know how to win. They can take the most seemingly insignificant detail about your case and use it against you – quite possibly taking away any chance you have to obtain a penny in compensation.
If you have an equally skilled attorney working on your behalf, however, you’ll be able to level the playing field. Your attorney will know exactly what tactics trucking and insurance companies use, and will be able to defeat those tactics. Quite simply, having an attorney will be your only chance of winning your case and getting the money you deserve.
Insurance Companies Won’t Offer You Fair Compensation
One of the tactics insurance companies use is to either not offer an injury victim the money they deserve, or to only offer a pittance – a low-ball settlement. They have experienced adjusters (who are also well paid, by the way) who harass victims incessantly, trying to get them to accept that offer.
Unfortunately, injury victims will often give in to that harassment. They may take the money because they’re desperate, not having the slightest idea they are entitled to much, much more.
One thing insurance companies can’t stand is when someone has legal representation. A seasoned attorney knows how to uncover the evidence needed to force an insurer to make a fair offer. But even when faced with compelling evidence, insurance companies will still hold out. When that happens, an attorney will know how to make a convincing argument in a court of law. Most of the time, however, an insurer won’t want any part of a courtroom. It would actually save money by finally offering an equitable settlement, rather than paying an incredibly expensive lawyer for days, weeks or months.
An Attorney Will Help You Find the At-Fault Party
In order to get that fair settlement offer, you’ll have to be able to prove the accident wasn’t your fault. At Jones Law Group, we know exactly how to do that.
Commercial truck drivers have to follow strict regulations when it comes to how long they stay behind the wheel. The reason is that fatigued driving is a common cause of horrific truck accidents. When drivers – or the trucking companies that employ them – break these regulations, they can be held liable for an accident.
The vast majority of the commercial trucks on the road also contain what’s commonly referred to as a “black box.” This is a device similar to the ones found in airplanes. It records incredibly important data, such as how fast a truck was driving at the time of an accident, whether or not the driver used the brakes in time to avoid an accident, and more. An attorney will be able to gain access to that black box. The evidence it produces could provide a powerful argument to prove the victim was not at fault.
But there are also other parties that could potentially be held liable in addition to the driver and the trucking company. You could also take action against the manufacturer of a component that failed and contributed to the accident. If a separate company was responsible for loading the truck, that could be another liable party. Trucks will often tip over because of imbalanced loads.
Truck Accident Cases Require Lots of Money, Time, and Connections
Another way to prove a victim’s case is accident reconstruction. Experts know how to recreate an accident and paint a clear picture of exactly how it happened. At Jones Law Group, we not only have the resources and passion to provide comprehensive representation, we also have relationships with accident reconstruction experts.
A Truck Accident Attorney Will Help You Recover Both Economic and Non-Economic Damages
If you’ve been hurt in a truck accident, you’ve no doubt suffered losses. You may have paid for medical attention or lost time – and money – because you had to miss work. In legal terms, these losses are known as “damages.”
There are two main kinds of damages – special, or economic, and general, or non-economic. Special damages are tangible, like medical expenses and lost wages. General damages don’t necessarily come with a specific price tag. They include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more.
An effective attorney will know how to make sure a client receives full compensation for all of the damages they’ve incurred.
Your Attorney Will Handle Everything
Again, you have enough to worry about simply recovering from your injury. You don’t want to have to deal with the mountain of paperwork, the harassment of insurance company adjusters, or any of the other legal aspects of your case.
Leave all of that to your attorney instead. At Jones Law Group, we take care of all the legwork. We negotiate with insurance companies, obtain all necessary reports, fill out all necessary documentation, and much, much more.
Call Today to Speak with a Truck Accident Attorney
Let a truck accident attorney with Jones Law Group provide the aggressive representation you need in order to have the best possible chance of obtaining the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation by contacting us online or calling (727) 571-1333.