Hallandale Beach Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a preventable truck accident in the Hallandale Beach area, contact the Hallandale Beach truck accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Jared Spingarn today and talk to us about your case. We can help you seek maximum compensation following a truck accident.
Broken bones, a destroyed vehicle, lost time from your job, and even the loss of a loved one can all result from a truck accident on Florida roadways. Hallandale Beach’s moderate temperatures, great government, and good public transportation make it one of the best places to live in Florida.
Tractor-trailers deliver many of the goods on which residents of Hallandale Beach rely. While we all know how much we depend on these roadway behemoths, we also have seen the devastation that they can cause when involved in a serious accident, which perhaps contributes to mixed emotions regarding large commercial trucks.
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Past results are not always an indicator of future potential when it comes to roadway accident settlement cases. However, you can use these results to gauge the level of commitment a law firm has to its clients. Remember, a firm with a history of success will likely build on that success and do everything possible to ensure your financial security following a truck accident.
In a recent year, our firm won more than $10 million in settlements for our clients. Every accident is different, and every victim is different. Settlements depend on numerous factors, including the severity of the injuries suffered, the age of the victim, and the potential for a full physical recovery. We have settled accident cases ranging from $900,000 to more than $1.25 million. We help clients recover compensation for the full cost of their accident while they focus on recovering from their physical and mental injuries.
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Individuals who sustain injuries in a vehicle accident may face mounting medical costs and a long road to recovery. When the accident involves a large commercial truck, however, the chances of sustaining a serious injury increase dramatically. The weight difference between a car and a truck is staggering; an empty car weighs in at a maximum of about 5,000 pounds, while an empty truck can weigh as much as 26,000 pounds—five times as heavy.
Imagine a truck traveling down State Road 858 at 60 miles per hour, and it collides with you in your passenger vehicle. Your car, SUV, or pickup truck does not stand a chance, which means you may suffer serious injuries in the collision.
In addition to serious property damage to your vehicle, you may also suffer:
- Whiplash – make no mistake about it, whiplash constitutes a serious injury, even if it sounds like no big deal. Individuals who sustain injuries in rear-end collisions frequently suffer whiplash. Neck pain that stems from whiplash often proves slow to heal. Some victims suffer further complications, including long-term neck pain and a limited range of motion.
- Broken Bones – the sound of two vehicles colliding would make any of us cringe. Drivers and passengers in cars that large trucks strike face a high risk of suffering a broken bone. When you combine speed and weight, the potential exists for serious broken bones, which could mean long recovery periods and surgeries to repair.
- Head and Back Injuries – when your body moves violently around the inside of a car, your seatbelt and airbags limit your amount of exposure. However, with that said, even these safety measures can and do leave victims with injuries, which can include traumatic brain injuries, ruptured or fractured vertebrae, and muscle or nerve damage.
Remember that crushing injuries frequently result when a truck overturns, burns because of hazardous cargo, or internal injuries from the force of the impact. Facial injuries can leave a victim scarred for life as well.
After suffering injuries in a preventable accident that you played no part in causing, you may feel tempted to blame the other driver. Florida law complicates matters, however, because it requires no-fault insurance for drivers.
Thus, before injured individuals may file a lawsuit, they must first demonstrate:
- You suffered an injury that doctors have classified as permanent – this can prove challenging since a back injury could result in life-long pain.
- You lost part of your bodily function permanently – if you wind up with internal injuries that impact your health forever, talk to your attorney to get an explanation of what this means and how it may affect your legal claim.
- You suffered scarring or disfigurement – airbags and car windows may cause injuries to your face, nose, or neck that may never heal completely due to the depth of the injury. These types of wounds may haunt you forever, such as every day when you look in the mirror and have a vivid reminder of the truck accident that caused the scars.
Establishing the at-fault parties in a commercial truck accident can prove complicated, because while all drivers must maintain control over their vehicles while operating on Hallandale Beach roadways, commercial truck drivers may owe drivers a different duty of care depending on the specific circumstances.
An accident may result from:
- Negligent hiring practices – hiring unqualified truck drivers, failing to provide adequate training for drivers, and failing to check whether a prospective driver has a poor driving record can all contribute to a truck accident. With truck driver shortages, employers may take shortcuts, and this puts everyone on the roadway at risk of injury.
- Other drivers on the roadway – a driver who ignores the significant blind spots in trucks could contribute to an auto accident with a commercial truck. These types of accidents frequently occur on two-lane highways when drivers feel rushed to pass a truck.
- Poor maintenance practices – vehicles must qualify as roadworthy, and if a maintenance company or the owner of a truck has failed to thoroughly inspect or repair a truck and, as a result, the driver is involved in an accident, that company could face partial liability due to its failure to maintain its truck.
- Dangerous design flaws – no one and nothing is perfect. Defective brakes, tires that explode, and connections that cause trailers to separate from the unit towing them may all result from a design flaw, which means a part manufacturer could bear liability for the accident.
- Truck loading companies or contractors – few things prove more terrifying than to see a truck swaying on the roadway. Unsafe loading can result in loads shifting inside the trailer of a truck, and the results can prove devastating to a victim of a tractor that tips over or experiences a serious load shift when climbing an incline.
As you can see, determining fault after a truck accident can prove complicated, and as a result, you must work with an experienced attorney to help determine fault in your accident.
While every accident and victim is different, there are some specific areas for which victims generally seek financial compensation when filing a claim following a truck accident. Some of these include:
- Medical bills – following a truck accident, you will likely face some out-of-pocket medical costs. These costs may include medication, medical treatment at the emergency room following the accident, and follow-up care. You should not have to bear these costs when someone else caused your injuries.
- Property loss – as we discussed earlier, the weight difference between a car and a truck is significant. The accident may have totaled your vehicle or at least required it to undergo significant repair. The parties responsible for the accident should bear the brunt of these costs.
- Income – not only may you qualify to recover wages you’ve lost while recovering from your injuries, but also if facing a long-term problem from an accident that affects your income, you may recover reduced earning capacity.
- Other losses – accident victims often face long-term emotional trauma as a result of an accident. Combine this with long-term physical pain, and everything can feel overwhelming. You may qualify to pursue a settlement that includes compensation for emotional trauma as well as pain and suffering.
An attorney can’t determine with certainty what damages you may qualify to pursue without first reviewing the specific circumstances surrounding your Hallandale Beach truck accident. However, you can count on the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn to make sure your claim for damages includes all potential sources of compensation.
No-fault insurance may sound like an ideal solution. After all, you do not have to worry about proving blame, you simply file your claim with your insurer, and it takes care of the rest. Do not count on this! Every insurance company has the same goal in mind—to pay as little as possible in claims. That fine print in your policy says the insurer will reimburse you for lost wages and reasonable medical costs. However, what the insurer deems reasonable may not come close to your actual out-of-pocket costs.
Insurance adjusters are specifically trained to do as much as possible to keep the final settlement offer to a minimum.
This means whether you ultimately file a claim with your own insurance company, or you pursue a settlement through the at-fault party’s insurer, you will likely run into some of the same tactics:
- Denying liability – the insurance company will likely tell you that because of Florida’s no-fault statutes, you can only file with your own insurer. This is not necessarily true, but the other driver’s insurer doesn’t expect you to know this.
- Your injury is old – the insurer may access your prior medical records and claim that the injury you suffered in an accident existed before the accident. Insurance companies frequently employ this strategy in cases that involve neck and back injuries. The insurance company may have obtained this information when it asked you to sign a release, which grants it authority to access all of your prior medical records. Never sign any documents before having them reviewed by your truck accident lawyer.
- Deflecting – the other party may claim that you caused the accident, and therefore, that party’s insurance company cannot face responsibility for your mounting medical bills, pain and suffering, and long-term consequences.
The legal team at the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn knows well the tactics that responsible parties will use to minimize your claim or to deny it outright. However, the sooner you contact us following an accident, the better off you will be. Remember, insurance adjusters are not there to protect your interests; rather, they want to protect their own interests.
You can’t work, your income has vanished due to your injuries, and you can’t make ends meet. The last thing you likely want to think about is paying for legal services. However, you shouldn’t stress out over the cost of retaining a Hallandale Beach truck accident attorney. At the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn, we do not collect any legal fees unless we successfully obtain a settlement on your behalf.
We start with a free consultation, during which we will review your case and let you know your legal options. While you face no obligation to retain our firm at that point, should you make that decision, you will pay your legal fees after your case and only if we successfully recover compensation on your behalf.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury or if you lost a loved one in a Hallandale Beach truck accident, don’t wait to call us. Don’t miss the deadline for filing a lawsuit. Contact the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn today at (866) HIRE-JARED, and let us help you get on the right path to financial recovery.
“What a great team. Took care of my accident case and got me a very great settlement. Thank you so much to the team for their great efforts and always being transparent with all the information they provided. Highly recommend they will take care of you like family.”
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