With numerous settlements and judgements of more than $1 million secured for our clients, the lawyers at Barnes Cohen & Sullivan have a proven track record of success getting judgement for the victims of negligence. Contact our law firm today to schedule your free case evaluation. We will come to you – Home and hospital visits available!
OUR ATTORNEYS CAN HOLD NEGLIGENT TRUCKING COMPANIES ACCOUNTABLE
- Was the driver on the road for more hours than the law allows?
- Was the truck receiving all necessary maintenance?
- Was the truck driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
- Was the truck driver distracted by their cell phone? Texting or making calls?
- Did the truck driver have a current commercial driver’s license appropriate for the vehicle they were driving?
- Does the truck driver have previous violations or accidents on their record?
- Did the truck driver have unauthorized or underage passengers in their truck?
If you have been injured in a truck accidents you only have 14 days before benefits may be reduced. It is essential that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible. If you fail to seek medical care within 14 days your auto insurance medical benefits may be slashed by as much as 75%. Insurance companies will argue that delay in getting treatment is evidence that your injury is minor or not even related to your accident. Additionally, make sure your doctor documents everything from your visit.
The trucking company responsible and its insurance company will do almost anything to avoid paying you the compensation you deserve. It is important that you call us as quickly as possible so that we can begin our own investigation, collect evidence and interview witnesses. With more than 40 years of experience representing the victims of accidents and their families, our attorneys know how to get to the bottom of your case.
General Truck Accident FAQs
1.) What should I do if I have been involved in a truck accident?
If you have been involved in a truck accident on the road, your first priority should be to seek medical attention. Even if you do not feel like you are in pain right away, you could still be taking the risk of overlooking bodily trauma. Many serious injuries can have a delayed onset on symptoms. Neck and back pain can take 24 to 72 hours to manifest. Those who wait and do not get treatment for their injuries until down the road will also risk insurance companies denying their claims. Other additional steps to take following a truck accident include:
- Calling the police – A police report will need to be filed for your truck accident.
- Taking pictures of the scene – If you have a phone or camera available, remember to take as many pictures of the truck accident scene as possible. These pictures should include the vehicles involved, people injured, road conditions, and all other notable factors that will serve as evidence for your personal injury case.
- Get witness information – If other people who saw the accident occur are nearby, be sure to gather their contact information.
2.) What are the most common causes of truck accidents in Florida and Georgia?
Truck accidents are typically caused by driver error – either yours or the truck drivers. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), trucks are responsible for 55% of all accidents that occur on the U.S. roadways. However, many of these accidents are preventable. A few common causes of large truck accidents include:
- Driver fatigue
- Driving while distracted (talking on the phone, texting, etc.)
- Speeding, or driving too fast for road conditions
- Defective vehicle parts
- Poor maintenance and/or training
- Speeding and overtaking
3.) Who can be held liable in a truck accident claim?
Just like any other type of accident, determining who is at fault will be key in any truck accident claim. However, identifying who is responsible for a truck accident can be difficult due to the challenges of reconstructing the events after high-speed wrecks with heavy property damage. Since there could be more than one negligent party or cause that has contributed to the accident, a full investigation is often required to determine who is really at fault and to what degree. Potential liable parties in a truck collision include:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The truck owner
- The truck manufacturer
In some cases multiple parties may be held liable for a truck accident and the reasons can be complex. Having an experienced truck accident attorney is the best way to clearly identify what happened in your accident case to ensure that every party is held accountable for their role in the collision.
4.) How can I find the best truck accident attorney in Florida and Georgia?
Once you’re ready to meet with personal injury attorneys to discuss your truck accident case, it is important to have confidence that the attorney you choose is committed to your case and ready to devote the time, effort, and resources you deserve. Finding both an experienced and reliable accident lawyer with strong communication skills and the ability to put you at ease throughout the process will make a world of a difference.
A good personal injury attorney will be sure to go over all cost and fee agreements before starting work on your case to ensure that there will be no further “surprises.”
Lastly, experience is everything. If you have been the victim of a commercial truck accident, you will want to be confident that the attorney you have chosen has successfully worked on cases similar to yours in the past. At Barnes Cohen & Sullivan, our expert personal injury lawyers have had many years of experience with truck accident cases in Florida and Georgia. We are confident that we can help you work through the complexities of your accident case while getting you the compensation that you deserve.
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Barnes Cohen & Sullivan is a Jacksonville personal injury law firm dedicated to providing strong advocacy to personal injury clients throughout North Florida and South Georgia for over 40 years.