Semi trucks, tractor-trailers and other large trucks are a formidable presence on Florida’s roadways. At times, it may seem that they merge into traffic or change lanes without regard for other vehicles. While many drivers encounter various commercial vehicles on the roads in the Jacksonville area without any problems, others are not so fortunate and experience devastating accidents. Truck accidents not only tend to be more damaging than most other vehicle accidents due to the size of these vehicles, but these incidents also tend to generate more complex legal disputes.
Trucks are vulnerable to different risk factors than most other vehicles, and truck drivers must account for these variables at all times. Large trucks have higher centers of gravity than smaller cars. They are more likely to be affected by heavy winds and other adverse weather, or poor road conditions. If they are improperly maintained, loaded, or driven, they have the potential to cause deadly collisions.
Ultimately, truck accidents can happen for many different reasons, and it may not be immediately apparent who is liable for your recent truck accident. If you are struggling with painful injuries and do not know your best recovery options following a truck accident, you must consult a Jacksonville truck accident attorney as soon as possible for the legal guidance you need in this difficult situation. Legal counsel you can trust will be an invaluable asset for the legal proceedings likely to follow your truck accident.
Spohrer Dodd Trial Attorneys is here to help if you were injured or lost someone you love in a truck accident. From our offices in Jacksonville, we serve the entire state of Florida and also take on trucking accident claims across the country.
We understand that your future may seem bleak. We know we cannot go back and prevent your injury or loss, but we can hold the responsible party accountable and seek compensation that can help you start to rebuild your life.
For a free review of your case, call 904-309-6500 or contact us online. We can offer an honest, compassionate assessment of this important matter.
One of the most important parts of handling a truck accident claim is determining its cause. This will help our lawyers determine who should be held legally responsible for your injuries or loss. We work with talented investigators, accident reconstruction specialists, and other experts to accurately assign cause for semi-truck accidents.
Some of the potential causes of semi-truck and tractor-trailer accidents include:
No matter how your recent truck accident happened, successfully obtaining recompense for damages will hinge on your ability to identify the defendant and prove their actions directly caused your claimed losses. A Jacksonville truck accident attorney with experience will be invaluable in these efforts.
Despite the strict regulations and codes that govern the trucking industry, accidents continue to occur with surprising frequency and devastating results. Trucking companies often force drivers to stay behind the wheel longer than allowed by federal regulation, which can contribute to truck driver fatigue and semi-truck crashes.
In addition, tractor-trailers are sometimes built using defective parts or are loaded incorrectly or improperly maintained. Our team is experienced in helping the injured and the families of those lost in fatal accidents recover full and fair compensation of damages. Whether your civil claim must target a negligent truck driver, a defective parts manufacturer, a third party, or a combination of multiple defendants, Spohrer Dodd Trial Attorneys can provide the comprehensive legal representation you need to navigate your case successfully.
Florida state law allows personal injury plaintiffs to claim full compensation for any economic losses they suffered because of the defendant’s misconduct or negligence. Additionally, they may also secure non-economic damages to compensate for the pain and suffering they experienced.
Compensation for a commercial truck accident claim may cover:
Many personal injury plaintiffs who come to Spohrer Dodd Trial Attorneys for legal counsel discover their claims are worth much more than they initially anticipated. When you hire our firm for representation after a truck accident in Jacksonville, our goal is to help you maximize your total compensation as much as the law permits.
We have the expertise and network of experts needed to investigate and reconstruct your accident to accurately identify all possible defendants, insurance coverage, and avenues of recovery. We also understand that some of our clients may worry about bearing partial fault for their truck accidents. Florida enforces a pure comparative negligence law, so a plaintiff bearing partial liability for a truck accident can still recover damages. However, they lose a percentage of their case award.
The pure comparative fault rule does not bar plaintiff recovery at any threshold of fault. Whatever percentage of fault the plaintiff bears for the incident in question is the same percentage they will lose from their case award. For example, 10% comparative fault in a $100,000 claim would result in a net award of $90,000. The plaintiff loses $10,000 or 10% of the case award to reflect their percentage of liability.
Whether you are concerned about proving liability for your recent truck accident, disproving allegations of comparative fault, or if you believe vicarious liability has come into play in your truck accident claim, our team can help you address these issues. It’s common for truck accident cases to raise the issue of vicarious liability when a truck driver’s employer bears liability for the driver’s actions and the resulting damages.
Our firm will help you identify all defendants bearing liability for your damages. In addition, more than one defendant can face disciplinary action for your accident, depending on how it occurred. For example, if a trucking company fails to conduct an appropriate background check on a driver and the driver causes an accident, or if the company fails to enforce an industry-wide safety regulation contributing to an accident, the trucking company could face fines and regulatory penalties from various oversight agencies.
When you need legal representation after a truck accident in Jacksonville, choosing an attorney with experience handling cases like yours is crucial. Spohrer Dodd Trial Attorneys aims to help every client understand the legal mechanisms at play in their case and to guide them to positive outcomes. We will leverage physical evidence, witness testimony, and input from relevant experts on your behalf to help you secure maximum compensation for your damages. As our firm’s name indicates, if you cannot settle your case and must go to trial, we can provide the ongoing support you will need to reach a positive outcome for your litigation.
We know that truck accident claims are some of the most complex vehicle accident cases anyone can face, and no two clients face the same circumstances as they recover from their experiences. Therefore, we adjust our legal services to meet each client’s unique needs. In addition, we take time to learn as much as possible about how your accident happened and its effects on your life.
Our Jacksonville truck accident lawyers will uncover the base cause of your truck accident, identify the liable parties, analyze your medical condition and prognosis, and present a compelling analysis of your damages. Legal counsel you can trust dramatically improves your chances of success with any personal injury claim, especially one as complicated as a truck accident claim. Moreover, the sooner you secure legal representation, the sooner you can begin working toward recovery.