Truck crash FAQ’s
Answers to Questions about Truck Accidents
I’ve been injured. What’s my first step?
Your first step is to contact The Truck Accident Law Firm today. Your initial consultation is absolutely free of charge and completely confidential. Use the contact form on this site or call 888-511-TRUCK (8782)
How much is my trucking accident case worth?
Many factors enter into the valuation of your truck accident settlement claim. Important factors include how long you need medical treatment, what kind of treatment you need, wage loss, and the length of time you continue to experience pain and suffering from the accident.
Differences in state trucking laws also can affect settlement valuation and require, for example, that an Ohio truck accident lawyer approach a case differently than a Michigan truck accident lawyer would.
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How much will it cost for your firm to make an initial review of my case?
Nothing. When you contact our law firm in Jacksonville, Florida, you incur absolutely no cost to have our lawyers talk with you and make an initial evaluation of your case. We will investigate your case and retain the appropriate medical or other professional experts to determine if you have a viable claim. We are responsible for any costs associated with the initial review of your case regardless of the outcome of our investigation. If we decide to take your case, we will provide you with a written employment agreement outlining the terms of our representation.
What are the common causes of trucking accidents?
There are many factors that contribute to trucking accidents. These accidents are usually caused by a combination of a truck’s unique characteristics and performance capabilities (limits associated with acceleration, braking, and visibility) and car drivers’ ignorance of these characteristics.
Some other causes of trucking accidents include:
- Lack of training on the part of the truck driver
- Overloaded trucks
- Oversized trucks
- Poorly maintained brakes on the trucks
- Driving in conditions of poor visibility due to smoke, fog, snow or rain
- A fatigued, sleepy, or tired driver driving too long and too many hours without rest
- Speeding or driving at speeds beyond the road and/or weather conditions
- Running off the road
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Aggressive driving behavior
- Truck drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol while driving
- Driving the truck in bad weather conditions
- Dangerous or reckless truck driver with a long record of wrecks and accidents
- Unsafe safety systems, reflectors, lights, and other warning devices
- Failure of the truck to have installed an underride protection underguard
- Failure to comply with FMCSA Regulations regarding truck inspection
Our attorneys have extensive experience working on trucking accident cases. Call us today 888-511-TRUCK (8782)
Are trucking companies regulated by the Federal Government?
Yes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration establishes rules and regulations, which govern commercial motor vehicles and the companies who operate these vehicles. Their stated purpose is to attempt to make interstate highways safer by reducing the number of truck accidents.
Are trucks required by Federal law to carry insurance?
Yes. Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations require commercial vehicles traveling in interstate commerce to carry $750,000 of insurance for bodily injury and property damage resulting from trucking accidents. Most State laws also impose minimum insurance requirements on trucks not covered under Federal law, which means that Tennessee truck accident lawyers and California truck accident lawyers, for example, would approach a truck accident case armed with both FMCSA regulations and the laws of their respective states.
Our truck accident attorneys can help injured victims throughout the U.S. and ensure that all applicable federal and state trucking laws are considered.
What’s the best way to choose your attorney?
Let’s start with the worst way to choose an attorney and that is to do it based on TV, radio, or other advertisements. You should always meet with an attorney in person to get a feel for his or her personality, experience, and dedication to your case. Your relationship must be based on trust, and only a direct one-on-one meeting can determine the level of trust you will place in your attorney. At The Truck Accident Law Firm, you will meet with an attorney the first time and every time. Of course, the initial consultation is absolutely free and there is no obligation until a contract for representation has been signed.
If you call a lawyer from a TV, radio ad, or otherwise and the person that they send to meet with you is not a Florida Bar licensed attorney, do not hire that law firm. Call us today 888-511-TRUCK (8782)