Truck Accident FAQ
Our law firm can answer your questions about your truck accident in Florida
Being injured in a truck accident can be devastating. In an instant, your life can change. You may not know what to do next, and you probably have a lot of questions. Attorney Scott M. Miller understands what you're going through and wants to help. If you've been hurt in a truck accident, call (866) MILLER-5 or (407) 869-9996 to schedule a free consultation. Learn how we can help you protect your rights and get the financial compensation you deserve.
- When should I call a lawyer for my truck accident?
- How long will my case take?
- How much is my truck accident case worth?
- Should I accept the insurance company's settlement offer?
- <If I'm partly responsible for the accident, can I still recover damages?
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you have 4 years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim in Florida. However, we recommend contacting an attorney as soon as possible. It's important to act fast so we can preserve evidence. This includes taking steps to get evidence from the truck's data recorder (or "black box"), which has information about the speed and brake use of the truck just before the accident. It's also helpful to interview witnesses while their memories of the accident are still fresh. The longer you wait to talk to a lawyer, the more it helps the insurance company.
There is no easy answer to this question. It will depend on many different factors. Less involved cases in which the facts aren't in dispute may be resolved within a few months. But more complicated cases could take years to resolve. If the amount of financial compensation being sought is very high, the trucking company and insurance company may fight the case for as long as they are able to do so. Attorney Scott M. Miller can't tell you how long your case will take to resolve. However, he can tell you that he will aggressively pursue your case to get you the maximum compensation possible.
This depends on the circumstances of your case. There are many factors that determine the amount of compensation you can seek. They include the severity of your injuries, the long-term effect of those injuries, the amount of property damage, the amount of time you were out of work, and other factors. An experienced truck accident attorney can help you determine the value of your claim.
The trucking company and the insurance company are interested in making your claim go away while paying you as little possible. So, their first offer may not even come close to covering all the damages you suffered in an accident. This includes medical costs, lost income, emotional distress and pain and suffering. Before accepting any settlement offer from the insurance company, talk to an experienced truck accident attorney.
Yes, if your case is successful. Florida is a comparative negligence state. This means it will be determined how much of the accident was your fault. Any damages (financial compensation) you are awarded will be reduced by that percentage amount. For example, if you were found to be 30% responsible for your accident, the damages you are awarded will be reduced by 30%.