7 Mistakes That Ruin Personal Injury Cases - Norden Leacox

7 Mistakes That Ruin Personal Injury Cases

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What Causes a Truck Accident Claim

 A truck accident can be similar to any other automobile accident, if it is caused by a negligent driver. Perhaps a car swerved in front of a truck, which caused a pileup and you were involved in that. Maybe the driver of the truck was not careful when changing lanes and caused a collision.

Other times, truck accidents happen in ways that aren’t very similar to other automobile accidents. Truck drivers are required to get a lot of work done, which means they are driving into the wee hours of the night. The pressure put on them to finish their work sometimes causes them to be driving for long periods with very little sleep. This can result in a driver who is just as impaired as someone who has had a few drinks.

You will come to learn that your truck accident claim has to have a liable party. The liable party could be the truck driver, if they were acting in a manner that is negligent or careless. The liable party could also be the employer of the truck driver, if they pressured their employee to work with very little sleep knowing that it was dangerous. There are some instances where the manufacturer of the truck or whomever loaded the truck is the liable party because they did it in a way that caused the truck to be hazardous. If loads come undone on the road, that could certainly cause a collision.

Our Orlando truck accident lawyers are going to perform an investigation to make sure that they have all of the liable parties held accountable for the damage that this collision has caused you.

Tips for a Successful Claim

 One of the biggest mistakes that we see victims of truck accidents make is talking to the insurance company about the accident. The insurance company wants to save themselves money, which means they want to avoid responsibility for the damages the collision caused you. You will receive a phone call from them shortly after your accident where they’re going to be looking to get a recorded statement from you. You do not legally have to give them a recorded statement.  They will only use your words against you. They also have extensive training on questioning you in a way that would force you to implicate yourself. It is best to have your Orlando truck accident lawyers take over communication with the insurance company so that you are protected.

Another huge mistake that we see a lot of people make is that they don’t seek immediate medical attention. You do not want to delay seeking medical attention for any reason. I understand that you may have priorities in your life, such as children, family, work or errands that you feel you need to take care of before you can take care of yourself, but we highly encourage making your well-being the first priority after a truck accident. You are going to be experiencing a lot of pain and suffering if you don’t get your injuries looked at right away.  Also, if you delay seeking medical attention, the insurance companies are going to look at your medical records, be suspicious of the gap in time and assume that you were lying about how badly you were hurt, which could devalue your claim.

Lastly, perhaps the worst mistake you can make is not filing a claim at all. A lot of people are intimidated by personal injury cases because of lawyer fees or the possibility of going to trial. Please understand our Orlando truck accident lawyers are not going to ask for a penny unless we win your claim. We want to make this whole process as easy as possible, so don’t hesitate to reach out.

Frequently Asked Truck Accident Questions

How do I choose the right truck accident attorneyHow do I choose the right truck accident attorney?

If you or someone you know has been involved in a truck accident, it’s very important that you select the right type of lawyer. Truck accidents are much more complex than an average car accident, and truck accidents have many, many unique characteristics, so it’s very important that you hire someone that has extensive experience and knowledge of truck accidents.

There are many regulations, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, that have numerous provisions that truck companies and truck drivers must follow. If you don’t hire a lawyer that’s familiar with those, and knows the ins and outs of the trucking industry and the laws that they must follow, it could make a huge difference in the amount of recovery you get and the kind of guidance and fighting that can be done for you along the way.

It’s also important that you hire a law firm that has the necessary resources needed to bring a truck accident case. Because they’re complex and because they often involve very serious injuries, oftentimes they require many, many experts, and it’s important that you hire a law firm with the necessary resources to hire those experts.

Last, make sure you hire a truck accident lawyer that’s not afraid to go to trial. Many truck accident cases, because of their complex nature, unfortunately get presented to juries, so it’s important that you have an accident attorney that’s experienced with trucking cases and is not afraid to go to trial and present your case to a jury.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, please contact us because we’d love to help you.

What is the value of my truck accident case?

Another question we’re commonly asked is, “What is the value of my truck accident case in Florida?” Just like many things, there is no specific answer and no exact science to what the value of any specific case is. Each and every case is different, each and every individual is different, and the value of a case needs to take many things into account.

For many years, we represented one of the largest trucking companies in the United States. We use that experience and what we saw in those cases to give our clients some guidance as to what an insurance company or company may pay on their case, as well as what a jury may do in that case. Another thing that we look at is the experience we’ve had in representing injured people for many, using that experience in seeing what’s happened on other cases and what juries have done in trucking cases to give guidance.

The last thing we look at is what juries have done, not only in our cases but in other trucking cases here in Florida with similar injuries. In this way, we can give our clients a range and some guidance as to what we believe their case is worth so that they can make a decision whether or not they want to settle their case or would like us to present their case to a jury.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a truck driver’s negligence, please contact us as we’d be happy to help you.

How long will it take to resolve my truck accident injury caseHow long will it take to resolve my truck accident injury case?

Many people ask us, “How long is it going to take to resolve my truck accident injury case here in the state of Florida?” Unfortunately, there’s no exact answer to that question. Not often, but sometimes, these cases can resolve fairly quickly, but it depends on the nature of the injuries and the nature of liability— is it clearly the trucking company’s fault? More often than not, however, those cases are hard-fought and need to be litigated and oftentimes presented to a jury.

On average, the time frame to file a lawsuit and then get the case to a jury here in Florida is one and a half to two years. The answer to the question of how long it’s going to take really depends on many, many factors. It can resolve fairly quickly, which is rare, or it could take a few years to resolve. If you or a loved one has been injured because of a truck accident, please contact us as we’d love to answer any questions you may have and assist you.

Call Our Orlando Truck Accident Lawyers Today

 These injuries that you have suffered as a result of a truck accident can impact your life in significant ways.  We want to respect your right to justice by fighting for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out as soon as possible. We are here for you. Call us right away to set up your free initial consultation to go over the details of your case and get started on building a strong defense. We are committed to getting justice for you.