One of the most terrifying experiences that any automobile or motorcycle driver can experience is an accident with a truck, tractor trailer, 18 wheeler, or semi truck. A significant number of these auto accidents result in the driver of the auto being severely injured or killed. Unfortunately, these types of collisions are all too common on our roads and interstates today. It is commonly believed that truck, tractor trailer, 18 wheeler and semi truck accidents result in a proportionally larger number of wrongful deaths and severe injuries relative to auto accidents.
The severe, debilitating and permanent injuries that arise from auto accidents with trucks, tractor trailers, 18 wheelers and semi trucks result in significant financial losses to the individuals involved and their families. However, the law provides an injured person with the right to recover his or her damages from the responsible party.
Such damages include, but may not be limited to, medical expenses, lost wages, funeral expenses and other economic losses. Individuals are also entitled to recover for the pain and suffering caused by their injuries and treatment. The spouse of the injured person is entitled to recover for the loss of consortium or services of his or her spouse. Although a monetary recovery can never repair the damage that is done to the individual, it can at least ease the financial burdens created by the accident.
The company for the truck, tractor trailer, 18 wheeler or semi truck and their insurance company will start an investigation immediately. The trucking company and insurance company will try to limit the recovery of the injured person to the lowest possible amount. Accordingly, these companies have established very specific and elaborate procedures on handling auto accident claims, especially in the early stages of the claim. Many times, an insurance company will try to quickly settle a case for an amount far less than what is actually deserved.
The insurance company’s purpose, in this quick settle technique, is to avoid responsibility for future medical expenses, lost wages and other damages that are likely to develop. This is a trap which an injured person needs to avoid. When a person is injured in an auto accident, it very often takes months to completely assess the person’s injuries. At that point, the person may need surgery or other extensive treatment. The injuries may leave the person permanently disabled even after corrective surgery. Therefore, the true value of a claim can only be assessed after a firm prognosis has been established by a physician, chiropractor, or surgeon. Florida has a strict window of time in which a lawsuit may be filed on an automobile accident claim. There is absolutely no need to rush to a settlement with any insurance company. By settling too soon you may regret it if/when your injuries become progressively worse.
It is important to consult with an attorney before signing anything from either your insurance company or the other party’s insurance. We offer a FREE case evaluation for all automobile accidents. We handle cases throughout the state of Florida. If you think that you might have a potential injury claim please call The Fran Haasch Law Group directly at 727-784-8191 or 1-866-LAW-FRAN. You can also use the form on this page, or use our Case Guide Tool at the top of this page to set up your Free Case Evaluation. We are available to meet with you in your home, work, or multiple locations throughout the state to make things easier for you.