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Truck Accidents FAQ

The answers you need from an experienced truck accident attorney in Florida

Truck accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and extensive damage due to the sheer size and weight of commercial vehicles. Navigating the aftermath of a truck accident can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to understanding your rights and legal options.

On this page, we provide answers to frequently asked questions about truck accidents to help you better understand your situation. Whether you’re seeking information about liability, compensation, or the legal process, we aim to provide clear and informative responses to your inquiries. However, if you can’t find the answers you’re looking for here, don’t hesitate to reach out to The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, P.A. in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, for personalized assistance.

Should I see a doctor after a truck accident?

Yes, it’s important to see a doctor after a truck accident. Here’s why: First, you might have serious injuries that need immediate treatment, and your health comes first. On the legal side of things, insurance companies use medical records to decide how much to pay you for your injuries. So, if you don’t have these medical records, they might not offer to pay you anything. Seeing a doctor right away makes sure your injuries are taken care of and documented, which can help you get the compensation you deserve.

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Whose insurance do I contact?

After a truck accident, you should contact your own insurance company first and foremost. They can guide you through the initial steps and help you understand your coverage. It’s important to provide them with the necessary information about the accident but only the necessary. Cooperate, but refrain from sharing details.

Don’t speak to the trucking company’s insurance; they are likely trying to gather information to use against your legitimate truck accident claim. If the trucker’s insurance company contacts you, it’s best to direct them to an attorney. Attorney Casey Shomo understands their tactics and can handle them effectively.

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Should I speak to the trucking company if they contact me?

No, you should not speak with the trucking company directly. Like insurance companies, trucking companies may try various tactics to avoid taking responsibility for the accident. Although the questions may seem straightforward, they are likely looking for information they can use against you. Again, it’s best to let an attorney deal with the trucking company on your behalf.

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What are Hours of Service (HOS) regulations?

Hours of Service (HOS) regulations set limits on how long commercial truck drivers can drive and when they must take breaks. These rules aim to prevent driver fatigue, which can lead to accidents. Compliance with HOS regulations is essential to ensure drivers are rested and alert, reducing the risk of accidents caused by fatigue. Failure to comply can result in fines and legal liability for both drivers and trucking companies.

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How much is my truck accident case worth?

The value of a truck accident case varies greatly depending on the specific circumstances involved. Each case is unique, with factors such as the severity of injuries, property damage, lost wages, and other damages influencing the final compensation amount. Therefore, it’s crucial to consult with a lawyer promptly after a truck accident. By assessing the details of your case, a lawyer can provide an honest evaluation of its value and guide you through the legal process to seek fair compensation.

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What can I be compensated for?

After a truck accident, you may be compensated for various expenses, including:

  • Medical care
  • Surgical procedures and other treatments
  • Physical therapy
  • Home nursing care if needed
  • Home modifications for permanent disabilities
  • Car repairs or rental
  • Vehicle replacement costs
  • Lost income or future income

Again, only an attorney can tell you what your case might be worth.

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Should I accept a settlement offer?

It’s crucial to consult with a seasoned attorney before accepting a settlement offer for your accident. Typically, these offers fall short of covering all your related expenses. You have just one chance to secure compensation for your lifetime accident needs. Insurance companies sometimes exploit this by presenting lowball settlement offers, hoping you won’t recognize the full extent of your damages. Always talk to a lawyer before you accept the insurance company’s money.

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Should I file a truck accident lawsuit?

Filing a lawsuit following a truck accident can often be the most effective means of securing the financial compensation necessary to cover your accident-related expenses. However, it’s essential to recognize that it’s not the sole avenue for obtaining compensation. Consulting with an attorney allows you to explore all available options tailored to your specific circumstances, ensuring you make an informed decision regarding the best course of action for your case.

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How long do I have to file?

In Florida, you typically have a two-year window from the date of your truck accident to file an injury lawsuit. In the case of wrongful death, you have two years from the date of the death. While this timeframe may appear long, it’s crucial to act promptly. Evidence and memories can fade with time. By reaching out to our Palm Beach Gardens law firm as soon as possible, we can swiftly gather essential facts to construct a robust legal case on your behalf.

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Can I ask for more money?

Yes, you can. If you believe that the initial settlement offer does not adequately cover your accident-related expenses or damages, you have the right to negotiate for a higher amount. It’s essential to consult with your attorney, who can help assess the full extent of your losses and advocate for fair compensation on your behalf.

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Why should I hire a truck accident lawyer?

Hiring a truck accident lawyer is essential to ensure your rights are protected and maximize your chances of a favorable outcome. With their expertise and experience, they can conduct an independent investigation into the accident, gathering crucial evidence and advocating for your best interests. They have access to resources such as accident reconstruction specialists and medical experts, which can strengthen your case.

At The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, P.A. your voice will be heard, and your concerns addressed. Mr. Shomo wants to ensure you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve. Take the first step and contact us today for a free consultation.

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