What Will a Florida Truck Accident Attorney Do for You?
Did you know that large commercial trucks are responsible for far more than their fair share of serious highway accidents? The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2014, more than 175 people died in Florida truck accidents. Thousands more suffered serious injuries. Victims of truck accidents deserve fair compensation for their injuries, but these cases are notoriously complex. In the unfortunate event that you have suffered an injury in a Florida truck accident, please seek immediate legal assistance from an experienced Tampa truck accident attorney. Your attorney will be able to help protect your legal rights. More specifically, the following is a list of four key things that your attorney will do in order to help you secure the full and fair compensation that you deserve.
Obtain and Assemble the Evidence
A successful injury claim always requires compelling supporting evidence. However, in some cases, evidence can be difficult to obtain. This is a major concern in commercial truck accidents cases because the trucking companies have control over much of the important evidence. You are legally entitled to any evidence that is relevant to your case. That being said, it is not always easy to get your hands on this evidence. Your attorney can help. By using a subpoena, your attorney can force the trucking company to hand over critical information. This might include: the driver’s safety history, the vehicle’s maintenance and inspection records, and the electronic tracking (black box) data.
You will also need to determine which party is actually liable in your case. Several different parties might be liable for your wreck. In fact, multiple parties may even split the responsibility. In Florida, liable parties could include:
- The truck driver;
- The company employing the driver;
- The company that owned the truck;
- The company that was leasing the truck; and
- Any company involved in manufacturing any part of the truck.
Fully Document Your Injuries
Ultimately, you will only be able to recover compensation to the extent that you can prove your damages. If you are unable to establish the severity of your injuries, you will miss out on compensation. Maximizing your settlement offer requires documenting your injuries in extensive detail. Your truck accident lawyer will make sure that you receive the appropriate medical treatment and that your injuries are properly documented.
Negotiate with the Insurance Company
Finally, victims must remember that insurance companies never have their best interests at heart. Above all else, insurance companies are looking after their own bottom line. Do not sign any documents or attempt to settle your case without first getting approval from your attorney.
Were You Injured in a Large Truck Accident?
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you need qualified legal representation. The experienced truck accident attorneys at Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group are standing by, ready to help. Please do not hesitate to contact our team today to set up your no-fee, no-obligation case evaluation. We represent victims throughout the Tampa region, including Saint Petersburg and Tarpon Springs.