4 Myths About Florida Truck Accident Claims
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), in 2019 alone, more than 5000 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes. This was a 2% increase from the previous year and a 43% increase since 2010. In the same year, more than 115,000 large trucks were involved in accidents resulting in an injury, a 5% increase from 2018.
Unfortunately, the Sunshine State is notorious for truck accidents. Regardless of where you are, large trucks are a constant sight in the state of Florida, and with the many trucks on the road comes an increased risk of truck accidents. In the state of Florida, truck accidents happen for a variety of reasons. But, most truck accidents are a result of negligence.
If you, a friend, or a loved one sustained injuries in a Florida truck accident because of another party’s negligence, you might be legally entitled to monetary damages. Unfortunately, a single wrong move, resulting from misinformation, in the legal process can leave you with less than you deserve for your injuries and other damages. For example, misinformation about liability can lead to you filing a claim against the wrong party. This is why the Pendas Law Firm has compiled a list of four prevalent myths about Florida truck accident claims to help you get the best outcome from your case.
Myth #1: Truck Accident Lawyers Are Too Expensive
This myth is completely false, and the truth is that most Florida truck accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. In a contingent fee agreement, you only pay an attorney if and after they secure compensation for you.
Myth #2: Truck Drivers Are the Only Ones Who Can Be Held Liable for Truck Accidents
After a Florida truck accident, do not allow this myth to stop you from filing a claim against other parties such as the trucking company. Truck drivers are not always to blame for truck accidents. A trucking company can also be held answerable after a truck accident. For instance, depending on the specifics of your case, you may be able to sue a trucking company on a theory of vicarious liability.
Myth #3: Product Liability Has Nothing To Do With Truck Accidents
If, for example, a defective truck part plays a role in causing a truck accident, the part manufacturer or supplier may be held liable and forced to compensate a plaintiff.
Myth #4: You Can Depend on the Insurance Company to Fairly Compensate You
Believing that you can depend on an at-fault party’s insurance company to fairly compensate you can leave you accepting less than what you deserve. The truth is that insurance adjusters are out to save money for the insurance companies they work for. So, before settling a truck accident claim with an insurance company, consult an experienced attorney.
Have You Been Injured in a Fort Lauderdale Truck Accident?
If you have suffered injuries in a Fort Lauderdale truck accident, speak with one of our skilled and dedicated Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm as soon as possible. We can help debunk the myths associated with truck accident claims and have the expertise to investigate your case, negotiate a fair settlement amount with the at-fault party’s insurance company, and litigate your case if the need to do so arises. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
The Pendas Law Firm also represents clients in the Miami, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Tampa, Ocala, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Bradenton, and Daytona Beach areas.