Truck Accident Attorney
A truck’s enormous weight makes it particularly dangerous in the event of a collision, as it can impart enough force to cause severe injuries to whoever it hits. These accidents often leave victims with life-altering injuries requiring tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical treatments. They may struggle to keep up with mounting medical bills, pay for necessary vehicle repairs, or make ends meet while recovering.
If you were hurt in a truck accident in Fort Lauderdale, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other losses. The dedicated injury lawyers at Phillips | Tadros, P.A., can provide the legal assistance you need as you pursue it.
Our attorneys have nearly 40 years of combined experience successfully handling injury cases throughout Florida. We provide personalized, strategic representation to every client and take a thoughtful approach to every case.
Contact our office today to speak to a Fort Lauderdale truck accident lawyer during a free consultation and find out what we can do for you.
Do You Have a Truck Accident Claim?
Florida follows a no-fault auto insurance model, meaning all motorists must carry no-fault insurance called personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. After a car accident, a motorist will rely on their PIP insurance to cover the costs of medical expenses and other financial losses related to the crash.
As the name suggests, no-fault insurance pays out no matter who is at fault. If you carry auto insurance in Florida and are involved in a truck accident, you should be able to file a no-fault insurance claim.
However, Florida requires motorists to carry only $10,000 in PIP insurance and has no minimum requirement for no-fault property damage insurance. The total cost of the medical expenses, lost wages, vehicle repairs, and other losses you incur due to a truck accident can quickly exceed the limits of your PIP policy. And if that happens, you may need to seek additional compensation from another source.
Florida motorists can only “step outside” the statewide no-fault system and directly file an insurance claim or a lawsuit against the at-fault driver when their injuries are deemed “serious” under state law. Specifically, they must have suffered a permanent injury or an injury that results in significant and permanent loss of bodily function, scarring, or disfigurement.
If you qualify to step outside of Florida’s no-fault system, you may be able to file a third-party insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit against the truck driver. By doing so, you can pursue compensation for non-economic losses not covered by PIP insurance, including emotional trauma, pain, and suffering. An experienced truck accident lawyer in Fort Lauderdale can help determine whether you qualify to file a third-party claim or lawsuit.
Benefits of Hiring a Fort Lauderdale Truck Accident Attorney for Your Truck Accident Claim
When you hire the dedicated truck accident law firm of Phillips | Tadros, P.A., you can depend on us to help you with your truck accident claim by:
- Explaining your rights and evaluating the potential value of your claim.
- Identifying all possible sources of compensation for your crash injuries.
- Investigating the cause of the truck accident.
- Communicating with trucking companies, insurers, and other parties on your behalf.
- Obtaining medical records, accident reports, and other evidence for your claim.
- Interviewing eyewitnesses and medical experts for valuable testimony.
- Managing essential case documents, details, and deadlines on your behalf.
- Filing claim paperwork and negotiating aggressively to maximize your settlement.
- Taking your truck accident case to court and representing you at trial, if necessary.
What Compensation Can Be Recovered in a Fort Lauderdale Truck Accident Case?
When you file a claim with your PIP insurance provider after a truck accident, you are typically entitled to compensation for:
- Up to 80 percent of the cost of any reasonable medical expenses you incur for your truck accident injuries
- Up to 60 percent of any wage losses you incur from missed time at work
- Up to $5,000 in death benefits, if your loved one dies in a truck accident
With a successful third-party injury claim or lawsuit, on the other hand, you could be entitled to a broader range and more significant amounts of compensation, including financial relief for:
- The total value of any medical expenses you incur to treat your accident-related injuries
- The value of incidental expenses, such as mileage costs for medical travel
- The full value of any lost wages you incur from missed time at work while healing from your injuries
- The projected value of losses in earning potential, if you suffer permanent injuries
- Subjective losses, such as injury-related pain, suffering, and lost quality of life