When you’ve been seriously injured in a truck accident, you may claim a wide range of damages to get compensated in full for your losses. Common claims in injury accidents include but are not limited to:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and future wages
- General damages, such as pain and suffering, disfigurement, and mental anguish
Florida has a statute of limitations that governs the time you need to bring forth a personal injury claim to the local West Palm Beach court. If you need to pursue a personal injury claim, file your claim within four years from the date that the accident occurred.
In many truck accidents, vehicles are totaled or need many different repairs, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars. You can pursue a property damage lawsuit to cover all related damages from the truck accident, which can also include damage to personal possessions.
For property damage claims, the statute of limitations in Florida says that you need to file your lawsuit within four years from the date of the accident to recover compensation through legal action.
If a loved one has died due to the negligence or wrongful act of a truck driver and/or the trucking company, a winning West Palm Beach truck accident lawyer at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, lvey & Fronrath will help the decedent’s family claim the full value of the decedent’s life, in addition to related damages.
Catastrophic accidents are worst-case scenarios, but if you need to file a wrongful death claim against the liable parties, you’ll need to do so within two years of the date of the person’s death.
Truck Accident Questions and Answers
What can I do to protect my rights after a truck accident?
The best way to protect your rights after a truck accident is to contact Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath. Our expert West Palm Beach lawyers will help you navigate the complexities of a truck accident claim.
We will advise you on what steps to take at the scene of the accident, what speech can accidentally impact your ability to file a claim, assistance dealing with insurance companies, and organize the process of filing your claim and taking it to trial.
Without a lawyer, you may make minor missteps that can prevent you from collecting the damages you’re owed. These mistakes can be anything:
- Telling the police you aren’t injured before being examined by a doctor
- Mis-remember or mis-state something in recounting the accident due to your nerves
- Say something that could bar you from making an insurance claim
- Accepting a low offer from your insurance company
- Speaking to the other party’s insurance company at length
What should I do if someone from the trucking insurance company calls me before I’ve picked a truck accident lawyer?
The best course of action is to tell the company that you’ve employed a truck accident lawyer, even if you haven’t. Immediately after the call, contact a law firm that specializes in West Palm Beach truck accidents and hire a lawyer.
Be sure that you do not do any of the following when the trucking company calls:
- Give a recorded statement to them or their insuance provider
- Sign anything they or their insurance provides you with
- Say anything that could be construed as an admission of fault
Know your rights. You do not have to speak with them without your legal representative. You do not have to respond to their questions, even simple ones such as “how are you?”. Be polite but firm, and ensure they know you have a lawyer who will speak to them for you.
What should I tell the police on the scene of a truck accident?
You will need to contact the police following a truck accident. However, you need to be careful that you don’t say anything that could ruin your ability to file a claim.
- Admit fault
- Say you are uninjured before being examined by a doctor
- Guess or assume events
- Say when you do not remember moments or are unsure
- Cooperate and answer their questions
- Get their name and badge number
- Provide your information
- Recount the events to the best of your ability
- Seek a West Palm Beach truck accident attorney as soon as possible to help with future dealings with the police
Who can be sued in a truck accident case?
There are a number of people or organizations that can be found to be at-fault for a truck accident. Depending on the case of your accident, you may be able to seek damages from multiple sources who all played a role in the events.
You may be able to sue:
- The truck driver
- The truck company
- The manufacturer of the truck
- The owner of the goods being shipped
- The repair shop that fixed the vehicle
- Government bodies
How much does it cost to hire a truck accident lawyer?
It doesn’t cost you anything until we win your case. That means there’s no negative to hiring a West Palm Beach truck accident lawyer to assist you in getting 300% more compensation than individuals who file claims without an attorney. We’ll cover the expenses of professional investigators to read the information on the truck’s black box, to get expert witnesses, and to assist you in filing your claim. Our team is so sure of our abilities that we pay up front to provide you with the best case possible.
We only take cases that we are confident we can win. Once we accomplish this and get you the maximum compensation you’re owed, we collect a contingency fee for our services
How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a truck wreck?
Florida requires that car accident lawsuits are filed within 4 years of the accident. If you do not file within this, the statue of limitation expires and you will be unable to seek damages to help cover your medical expenses that exceed your personal injury insurance. Additionally, you may not be able to get the at-fault party’s insurance to pay for the property damage to your vehicle.
Don’t wait to file your lawsuit after a truck wreck.
What is the average car accident settlement in West Palm Beach?
Every accident case is different, with settlements varying greatly depending on the factors involved. The severity of injuries, amount of property damage, types of damage suffered, ability to pursue third-party claims, apparent negligence, and number of deaths can greatly skew the amount that you are eligible to receive for your claim.
The average settlement in Florida for a general motor vehicle accident is $15,000. However, this does not reflect the severe injuries more likely to be incurred by a truck accident in West Palm Beach.
For an estimation of what your truck accident settlement is worth, contact a West Palm Beach lawyer.