Collisions involving large commercial trucks are often severe and traumatic for everyone involved. Commercial trucks are enormous, heavy, and can cause significant damage during crashes. If the trucker or trucking company was negligent, you may have the right to pursue compensation for your losses.
The civil claims process is complex, so it is best to reach out to a hard-working Port St. John truck accident lawyer immediately for assistance with your case. Our personal injury attorneys have the experience necessary to face-off against large shipping companies during negotiations and in court and can effectively demand the compensation you’re entitled to.
Trucking companies are usually represented by large insurance corporations and a team of aggressive lawyers. Their goal is to settle quickly and with minimal cost to them. They will probably sound friendly and like they want to help, but they are looking for reasons to blame the trucking accident on the plaintiff.
Because commercial vehicle collisions typically cause severe injuries and property damage, the insurance company and their legal representatives will fight tirelessly to avoid paying large settlements, or anything at all in some cases. Our team of compassionate and hard-working lawyers has years of experience representing large insurance corporations and can use that experience to pursue a fair and just award for victims of truck crashes.
A seasoned Port St. John truck crash attorney will thoroughly investigate the accident and gather evidence to prove the defendant trucker’s liability. We will handle all insurance company communication and negotiations to reach a settlement amount that accurately reflects the full scope of the plaintiff’s losses. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, our attorneys will not hesitate to pursue compensation in civil court.
Some of the most common causes of trucking accidents in our area include:
Truck accidents often occur because the commercial vehicle’s brakes lock up when the driver attempts to stop suddenly. When the brakes lock up, it can cause the trailer to skid and form a 90-degree angle with the truck’s cab in what’s known as a “jackknife” collision.
If a truck driver tries come to a sudden, complete stop while going the speed limit, they can skid forward and hit the vehicle(s) in front of them. If they try to stop or take turns too quickly while speeding or going up steep inclines, they can also flip the truck in a rollover accident.
Sometimes, a trucker’s speeding can be linked to unrealistic goals set be their employer. If a commercial shipping company asks its drivers to violate hours of service regulations or speed to meet unattainable deadlines, it can be held liable in the event of an accident.
A person injured in a truck accident must file a lawsuit within a specific period. Title 8 Florida Statutes §95.11 generally gives the claimant only four years to file suit after a commercial truck accident.
Most times, if they do not file before the statute of limitations expires, they will lose the opportunity to collect compensation. However, there are a few exceptions to this filing deadline, depending on the facts of a particular case. It is therefore in an injured person’s best interests to work with a truck accident attorney when preparing to file a civil claim through a Port St. John court.
Accidents involving large commercial trucks almost always have devastating consequences. You are likely dealing with painful injuries and a lot of property damage. If negligence on the truckers’ part caused the accident, you should not have to pay for their mistakes.
To increase your chances of a positive case outcome, get in touch with a skilled legal professional at our firm. Our Port St. John truck accident lawyers have what it takes to take on large corporations and protect your interests along the way. You do not need to worry about upfront fees or costs. We only collect payment if we win your case.