Truck Accident Lawyer Serving Gainesville
Very few forces can match the impact of a collision with an 18-wheeler. If you or a member of your family was hurt in a truck wreck, you might be facing steep medical bills and lost wages in addition to emotional trauma. The Attorneys at Frankl & Kominsky can assess your Gainesville Truck Accident case for free, answer all of your questions, and try to help you understand what to expect during the claims process.
Our office is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 352-269-5979 today to discuss your case with a truck accident lawyer serving Gainesville.Do I Have Grounds for a Truck Accident Claim?
Because Florida is a no-fault insurance state, you should be able to file a claim with your own Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance provider no matter who was at fault for your collision. But if you incurred significant medical bills, lost wages, and vehicle damage-or if you intend to pursue compensation for non-economic damages-you'll have to bring a third-party claim.
Unlike the claim against your PIP insurance provider, you will not have grounds for a third-party claim unless another party's negligent or wrongful actions contributed to your accident. You will need strong evidence to prove negligence and liability for your claim to be successful.
Negligence means that the party against whom you are bringing the claim breached a duty of care owed to you. Truckers have a duty to follow traffic laws and to drive safely for the road conditions. If they breach this duty and cause an accident, they (or their employer or insurance company) may be held liable for any damages that result.
Truck drivers breach the duty of care owed to other road users when they speed, violate the Hours of Service Regulations, make illegal turns, drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or engage in other reckless or negligent behaviors.
But truck drivers aren't the only ones who can be held liable for damages after a truck accident.
Companies that employ truck drivers can sometimes be held liable for their employee's negligent actions. Mechanics can be held liable if they negligently repair a vehicle. Auto parts manufacturers can be held liable if they produce a defective part. Weigh station officials can be held liable if they allow an overloaded vehicle to continue on its route.
As you can see, determining liability in truck wreck cases is rarely straightforward. The accident lawyers at Frankl & Kominsky will try to help you identify all liable parties and gather evidence to try to prove negligence. This might include:
- Black box data;
- Weigh station records;
- Receipts for gas, food, and toll booths;
- Records from the driver's cell phone service provider;
- Dashcam footage;
- Bills of lading;
- The trucker's Hours of Service logbook;
- Surveillance footage; and
- Expert witness testimony.
The strength of your evidence will ultimately determine the outcome of settlement negotiations and any potential litigation that may follow. It is important that you enlist the help of a truck accident lawyer who will take the time to conduct a thorough investigation into your case and try to compile all available evidence.
The personal injury attorneys at Frankl & Kominsky will give your case the individual attention that it deserves. Our personalized approach to legal representation has allowed us to recover more than $50 million on behalf of our clients.DO NOT Speak to the Insurance Adjuster Until You Have Contacted Our Law Firm
No matter how trustworthy insurance adjusters might seem, they represent the insurance company, not you.
The accident lawyers at Frankl & Kominsky will serve as your legal ally through every stage of the claims process for your Gainesville truck accident. We will handle all dialogue with the insurance company and will try to make sure your claim includes all of the past and future damages you may be owed. We are prepared to aggressively represent your interests during settlement negotiations and any litigation that may follow.Call 352-269-5979 Today to Speak with a truck accident Attorney serving Gainesville.
Our truck accident lawyers are here to try to help you and your family try to fight for the compensation you need to move on with life. With many years in legal practice, our attorneys have the knowledge, resources, legal strategies and are prepared to try to guide you through this difficult time. Call us today at 352-269-5979 or Use Our Contact Form to set up a free initial consultation.