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When to Hire a Florida Truck Accident Lawyer

After being injured in a truck accident that was someone else's fault, it's common to wonder whether you need to hire a Florida truck accident lawyer. There are some situations where you should unquestionably hire an attorney. Other situations are less clear cut and may depend on the exact circumstances of your accident.

Most personal injury attorneys, including trucking accident lawyers, offer a free initial consultation to prospective clients. At this meeting the lawyer will assess your case and give you a professional opinion as to whether it is necessary or useful to hire an attorney. If you have any question as to whether you should hire a lawyer, err on the side of caution and meet a Florida truck accident lawyer for an initial consultation.

Florida No-Fault Insurance

Florida requires automobile owners to carry "no fault" or "personal injury protection" (PIP) insurance that covers the driver and certain passengers-regardless of fault-worth at least $10,000 for accident-related injuries and $10,000 for property damage. However, Florida truck accidents are not covered under Florida no-fault insurance laws.

When Do You Have a Valid Case?

To have a valid Florida personal injury case, you must be able to prove that:

  • The party at fault (which could be the truck driver, his or her employer, or even the truck manufacturer) acted negligently
  • The party at fault had a responsibility not to hurt you
  • You were injured as a result of that party's negligence and those injuries cost you money (in the form of things such as medical bills and lost wages, but also things such as damage to property like a car)

Under this definition, if your accident caused no physical or emotional damage to you or your property, you may not have a case under Florida negligence law. However, if you did suffer damages as a result of someone else's negligence, you would have a valid case. The situation may be more confusing, however, if there is any dispute over who was at fault in the accident. Federal trucking laws can also complicate the matter.

How Can a Florida Truck Accident Lawyer Help?

A Florida truck accident lawyer will help you:

  • Accurately estimate the cost of your accident-related injuries, repair, or replacement of any property damaged in the accident, and any other accident-related expenses
  • Work with experts to help establish who is at fault in the accident
  • Negotiate a financial settlement with the parties at fault and/or their insurance companies
  • Take your case to trial, if necessary

You should hire a Florida truck accident attorney if:

  • You were the driver or passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a trucking accident
  • You believe the accident was someone else's fault or you are unsure of who was at fault
  • You suffered injuries or property damage as a result of the injury
  • You do not know the true cost of your injuries or property damage, or the cost of your injuries exceeds what is covered by insurance

It is important to speak to a Florida truck accident lawyer as quickly as possible after a trucking accident. Your attorney will want to launch an investigation, and with each day that passes, less evidence may be available to support your case.