Trucks are the largest and most dangerous vehicles on the road in Florida. They are immensely heavy, are hard to stop quickly, and have huge blind spots. Because of these factors, truck accidents have the potential to cause massive damages and injuries and can even be fatal at times. Our Florida truck accident attorneys know how terrifying it must have been for you to be involved in this accident and we want you to feel supported as you journey through seeking full and fair compensation. Once you read and learn a bit about your truck accident case, please do not hesitate to call our Jacksonville truck accident attorneys today to set up your free case evaluation.
Florida Truck Accident Statutes of Limitation
As a general advisory, no matter how long your statute of limitations is, you should hire an attorney as soon as you can. That might be the day of the accident or a couple days later after you’ve stabilized your condition at the hospital. Statute of limitations is the amount of time in which you can bring your claim in civil court. Florida allows for a considerable amount of time. Counting from the date of your truck accident, you will have four years to get your claim filed. Now, just because you are allotted this amount of time does not mean you should wait. In fact, you should do just the opposite. You should hire an attorney right away so that they have ample time to build a strong case for you. You have evidence that needs collecting, witness testimony that needs to be heard, and these things can disappear if you wait too long to hire an attorney to gather it all.
How Florida Compensation Works
Florida is one of the more lenient of states when it comes to collecting compensation if you have shared fault. When you start the process to determine how much compensation you will get there are two factors that go into determining that amount. The first is how severe your injuries are and what kind of treatments you have needed and will need in the future and how this will affect your life. The second is how much of the accident was your fault. It will be determined as a percentage. If you are 0% at fault, you will get the full amount of compensation awarded to you. If you are 100% at fault, you will be barred from receiving any compensation. From 1-99%, you will have reduced compensation. If you were 20% at fault for the accident, then your compensation award would be reduced by 20% making $100,000 into $80,000.
First Steps to Take After Your Truck Accident
The absolute most important step you can take is seeking medical attention. You should never wait to see a doctor for a few reasons. You may think that you have a minor injury that will solve itself but you risk it getting much worse if you don’t get it looked at. Also, for us to be able to prove to the insurance company that their insured caused you harm, we use your medical records and if they see that you waited to get medical care, they will either claim you were not that injured if you could wait or that your injuries came from something else. Make sure you are getting medical attention right away.
Another important step is collection of evidence, if you are able to stay on the scene. If you are swept off on an ambulance, you can have a friend, family member, or attorney go to the scene and collect this evidence for you. You will want to get the insurance information from the truck driver and any other drivers involved. You should get the contact information from any witnesses to the accident as their testimony may be extremely important to you later.
The next thing you should do, or rather should avoid doing is interacting with the insurance company for the truck driver and/or liable party. You will be contacted shortly after your accident by the insurance company adjuster and they will be asking to get a recorded statement from you. It is not legally necessary for you to give them a statement. You can have your attorney take over all communication with them to avoid them cornering you into saying something damaging to your case.
Contact Our Jacksonville Truck Accident Attorneys
If you have been involved in a truck accident that left you terribly injured, know that you have legal options. Please call the Jacksonville truck accident attorneys at Edwards & Ragatz as soon as possible to go over the details of your case during a free consultation and determine what would be the best next step for your case. We are dedicated to get our clients the compensation for their injuries and damages that they deserve. Please call us today to see how we can help you get the best possible result.