Tallahassee Truck Accident Attorneys
Large vehicles like 18-wheelers and semi-trucks are common on nearly all roads across the country, including Tallahassee and the rest of Florida. However, many people are still — understandably — intimidated when driving next to one. This is because of the enormous size difference between even the largest passenger vehicles and a tractor-trailer. This size difference can lead to catastrophic injuries in the event of a collision. Luckily, truck drivers are held to high standards and are required to go through continuous training and re-certification to ensure that they can maintain a high level of safety while hauling these massive loads.
A CDL license is the starting point for a commercial truck driver, further divided into several classes pertaining to the vehicle’s size and setup. Beyond the Commercial Drivers’ License, there are many different certifications that drivers may need to acquire in order to haul certain types of cargo or classes of vehicle. These specific designations aside, the point is that commercial truck drivers are highly skilled professionals who drive 10X more than the average American driver. Even so, these drivers are human and may cause accidents that can lead to severe or fatal injuries. If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a truck accident in or around Tallahassee, you deserve compensation for a range of impacts.
Contact Fasig | Brooks To Request a Free Consultation Today
The award-winning team of legal professionals at Fasig | Brooks offers a free consultation to victims of truck accidents or their surviving family members to discuss their options in terms of a civil case. Truck accidents are often handled through an insurance claim with the commercial driver’s liability insurance, but getting the money that a victim is rightfully entitled to take more than simply initiating a claim and following the insurance adjuster’s lead. Insurance companies are typically focused on resolving any claim as quickly as possible and for as little money as possible regardless of the victim’s needs.
Working with a personal injury attorney is one of the best ways to focus on mounting a recovery from your injuries or healing from the wrongful death of a loved one while someone else fights to get you the money you deserve. While no amount of money will ever take back the damage caused by a Tallahassee truck accident, a victim should not be responsible for the damages caused by someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or malice.
What To Expect During Your Free Consultation
During our initial consultation, we will first go through the details of your situation: the type of accident you were involved in, the injuries you suffered, and other relevant specifics like whether or not there were any citations issued or arrests made, as well as the steps you have already taken.
Once we have a clear understanding of the accident, we will provide you with real examples of other cases we have successfully represented that are similar to your own to give you a clear idea of how these cases often go. Keep in mind, though, that no two personal injury claims are alike, so no matter how similar your truck accident may seem to another, the outcome and process may both be remarkably different. We will be able to address these factors and more during our consultation.
Determining Fair Compensation After a Truck Accident
Truck drivers have commercial liability insurance that often has policy limits greater than $1 million. However, these higher limits still do not mean that a claimant has a better chance of getting the money they truly deserve than what the insurance adjuster would like to pay. Insurance claims can be overwhelming for a victim, especially one who is unfamiliar with the claims process or personal injury law. Their inexperience is often a boon for insurers who can use the uncertainty and anxiety of the process to reach a settlement.
When you file a claim with the insurance company, an adjuster will be assigned to your case to investigate all of the damages before returning with a settlement offer. When you are working with an attorney, they will be able to perform their investigation and submit a demand letter that outlines the damages you believe you are owed and proof of your calculations. There is typically a substantial gap between your attorney’s calculations and the insurance company’s initial offer, meaning that your lawyer will need to then handle a series of negotiations meant to close this gap and hopefully reach a settlement agreement that adequately compensates you for the many damages you have suffered.
Types of Personal Injury Damages
In order to reach a clear and comprehensive figure, an attorney will need to examine the impacts that their victim has suffered. Compensatory damages — the types of damages sought in a personal injury claim — are divided into two distinct categories: economic damages and non-economic damages. While the method of calculating each damage differs considerably, they are equally important.
Economic damages are the basis of your personal injury claim and seek compensation for impacts that have set and measurable market values associated with them. The most common economic damages are things like the cost of medical care, the lost wages a victim likely suffers as they continue to miss work or their earning capacity is diminished, and any services or care that a victim needs to pay for. Economic damages are compensated as 1:1, meaning that there is no multiplier or additional money sought for these types of impacts beyond the losses or costs a victim has experienced.
Many other economic damages can be easily overlooked, but your attorney will be able to gather this information and present each damage clearly as they fight for the compensation you deserve.
Non-economic damages are often more complicated to calculate than economic damages because they apply to abstract damages that do not have set dollar values associated with them. The most common non-economic damage is the pain and suffering a victim endures due to their injuries, but other non-economic damages include things like depression and anxiety and a general loss of enjoyment.
As you can imagine, determining a dollar value for something like “depression” or “post-traumatic stress” can be difficult for someone who is not experienced with personal injury claims, and trying to counter an insurance adjuster after they dismiss these calculations can be even more intimidating. Fortunately, you will not need to worry about this as your attorney fights to reach a settlement or prepares to file a lawsuit with the Florida courts.
Contact Us Now To Work Towards the Compensation You Deserve
You do not deserve a settlement less than what you truly deserve. Insurance companies accept liability for their clients and must be held financially accountable for the negligence, recklessness, or even malicious behavior their clients engage in that causes an accident. Instead of taking on the emotional burden of your claims process, though, we encourage you to reach out to our Tallahassee personal injury law firm as soon as possible to connect with a lawyer who will do what it takes to get you fair compensation.