A big truck accident can, in the blink of an eye, permanently change the course of your life. Big trucks, which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, can do a lot of damage to much smaller passenger vehicles and their occupants. Because of its many coastal cities and shipping ports, Florida often sees a great deal of truck traffic as those big trucks head out across the rest of the United States with their cargo.
Did you suffer a truck accident along interstate 75 or at one of the many dangerous intersections in Brandon, like those along Bloomingdale Avenue? Working with an experienced Brandon truck accident lawyer can make it easier for you to deal with the insurance company and get the compensation you deserve. At Dolman Law Group, we can help you manage the challenges that may go along with that truck accident claim. Contact us today.
- Dolman Law Group: Comprehensive Legal Support for Brandon Truck Accident Victims
- Compensation in Brandon Truck Accident Claims
- Brandon Truck Accidents and Stats: How They Occur and What to Do
- Common Brandon Truck Accident Injuries
- Fighting the Insurance Company After a Brandon Truck Accident
- What to Do After a Brandon Truck Accident
- Brandon Truck Accident FAQs
- Do You Need a Brandon Truck Accident Lawyer?
Dolman Law Group: Comprehensive Legal Support for Brandon Truck Accident Victims
When you suffer injuries in a truck accident, you may find yourself battling to get the compensation you deserve for severe injuries, including many that can leave you with lifelong limitations. At Dolman Law Group, our Brandon injury lawyers fight to help our clients recover reasonable compensation for those injuries so that they can take care of the cost of medical treatment and rebuild their lives.
Take a look at our past claim results:
- $3.85 million awarded after a semi truck accident resulting in brain injury
- $3.2 million after a semi truck accident resulting in brain injury
- $1.75 million after a truck accident that resulted in shoulder surgery and a TBI
- $1.58 million after a truck accident resulting in herniated discs
Those results cannot guarantee the results of any future injury claim. They can, however, provide you with a look at how working with an experienced injury attorney can help you pursue the compensation you really deserve for the often severe injuries associated with a truck accident in Brandon.
We have the resources to fight the big names in trucking.
At Dolman Law Group, we have the resources necessary to help our clients fight some of the biggest names in trucking. Do you need to go up against FedEx Freight, Old Dominion Freight Line, or XPO Logistics? At Dolman Law Group, we have the resources necessary to aggressively go against those companies and pursue the full compensation you deserve for the injuries sustained in your truck accident.
We offer the compassion and support you might receive from a smaller firm.
At Dolman Law Group, we understand the devastation that often accompanies the severe injuries you may have sustained in a truck accident, and we aim to help our clients through those difficult times. We provide compassionate support and advice as our clients work their way through the claim process and learn what compensation they might deserve for their injuries. Our clients do not just represent another case number.
We make getting the legal support you need affordable.
The cost of working with a lawyer should not prevent you from getting the full compensation you deserve for your injuries, and at Dolman Law Group, we aim to make sure that our clients receive the comprehensive legal representation they need without having to worry about the cost of that representation. We start with a free consultation to help us learn more about the accident you suffered and the injuries you may have faced. Then, we accept claims on a contingent fee basis: we do not take compensation for legal services until we win the case.
Did you suffer injuries in a truck accident in Brandon? Do not try to handle that claim on your own. Instead, contact Dolman Law Group to learn more about how we can help you get the compensation you may deserve.
Compensation in Brandon Truck Accident Claims
At Dolman Law Group, we want to help our clients maximize the compensation they can recover following a severe accident, including a truck accident, as much as possible. A truck accident claim can provide you with much-needed financial assistance as you manage your medical expenses and take care of the other bills that may come up as you deal with your claim.
However, we cannot guarantee how much compensation you will ultimately recover for your injuries, which may depend on:
- Who caused your accident? Does the truck driver bear liability? Does liability rest with the trucking company, or with a third party that may have contributed to the accident? In many cases, the party that caused your accident will determine what insurance policy covers your injuries.
- What compensation does the insurance policy offer for claims like yours? The insurance policy may dictate how much compensation the company will offer for your injuries. At Dolman Law Group, we can help look over the details of the policy to identify all potential areas of compensation, which can, in many cases, increase what you can recover for the damages you sustained in your accident.
- What injuries did you sustain in your Brandon truck accident? Many injury claims will start with a careful look at the damages you have from the accident, including the extent of your injuries and the medical bills you may have had to pay because of your accident.
Having a lawyer on your side can, in many cases, substantially increase the compensation you can ultimately recover for your truck accident injuries. At Dolman Law Group, we want to help you recover compensation for all the damages that went along with your truck accident.
What medical bills did you have after your accident? Whether you pursued treatment at Brandon Regional Hospital or left Brandon to seek treatment at the larger Tampa General Hospital, you may have ended up with high medical bills that you must now figure out how to pay. At Dolman Law Group, we take a look at our patients' current medical expenses as well as anticipated future medical expenses as we help them put together a comprehensive claim that covers the full extent of the damages they may have sustained.
Many truck accident victims find that their injuries make it impossible to go back to work for some time after the accident, leading to a substantial drop in income. At Dolman Law Group, we help our clients calculate the value of those income losses to include them as part of a comprehensive injury claim.
Pain and Suffering
Not only can truck accident injuries cause financial devastation, they may cause considerable ongoing suffering in many areas of the victim's life. At Dolman Law Group, we aim to help our clients get compensation for all the losses they may have faced, including the ones that may not have a direct financial correlation. To that end, we help calculate the value of pain and suffering to include as part of the injury claim.
Brandon Truck Accidents and Stats: How They Occur and What to Do
Brandon, Florida sees a number of truck crashes each year, due in part to the fact that I-75, which sees a great deal of truck traffic, runs through the area. Each year, Florida sees around 29 medium or fatal truck crashes, 111 incapacitating truck crashes, and 389 trucks with non-incapacitating, but still potentially devastating, injuries. Florida drivers may also have thousands of truck crashes that do not involve injury, but that do not involve substantial property damage.
Truck accidents may occur for a number of possible reasons.
- Weather-related crashes. Like many cities in Florida, Brandon sees well above the U.S. average rainfall per year, at 51 inches of rain. That rainfall often comes in heavily due to storms, which can interfere with visibility.
- Distraction. Many truck drivers spend long hours on the road, which can lead to increased risk of distraction and increase the risk of a devastating collision.
- Heavy traffic. I-75 may see a great deal of heavy traffic each day, especially around rush hour.
- Blind spot collisions. Big trucks have large blind spots that can make it very difficult for truck drivers to see the movement of other vehicles around them. Unfortunately, those blind spots may substantially increase the risk of a collision.
- Speeding. Sometimes, drivers moving through Brandon will attempt to speed, even as they approach dangerous intersections or travel down dangerous roads like Bloomingdale Avenue, which can lead to increased collision risk and significant potential danger.
After a truck accident in Brandon, victims have up to four years before the Florida statute of limitations expires and the court will no longer agree to hear their injury claim. However, in general, starting a truck accident claim as soon as possible offers many advantages. Contact a lawyer as soon after the truck accident as possible to start moving forward with your claim and to learn more about your right to compensation.
Common Brandon Truck Accident Injuries
Truck accidents can cause devastating injury, due in part to the large size of the truck as it crashes into a smaller passenger vehicle.
- Brain injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Severe lacerations
- Burns, including chemical burns, depending on the truck's cargo
- Severe crushing damage
Talk to Dolman Law Group any time you suffer injuries in a truck crash, since you may deserve compensation.
Fighting the Insurance Company After a Brandon Truck Accident
Following most truck accidents, you will need to pursue compensation through the liable party's insurance company. In the case of a truck accident, that means pursuing compensation from, in many cases, big names like American Truck Insurance or Progressive Commercial insurance. Those big companies often have substantial resources at their disposal, which they may use to help them decrease the compensation they offer you, as the victim, as much as possible.
Insurance companies may try several tactics in the effort to decrease their financial burden following a truck accident. They may try offering you a very low settlement, then pressuring you to accept it; they may try denying liability for the accident; they may try denying the extent of your injuries. All those damaging tactics can significantly increase your frustration as you manage the aftermath of your truck accident claim and try to figure out what to do next.
At Dolman Law Group, we have extensive experience dealing with truck accident claims and insurance companies. We have the resources needed to help you navigate that fight for compensation and deal with the insurance company effectively, avoiding those damaging tactics and, in many cases, increasing the compensation you can recover.
What to Do After a Brandon Truck Accident
When you sustain injuries in any type of auto accident, you should always make medical attention your top priority. You have likely already seen a doctor, gotten medical care, and assessed the full extent of your injuries. Now what?
At Dolman Law Group, we encourage our clients to take the steps necessary to help protect that essential right to compensation.
- Get a copy of the truck accident report and make sure it accurately reflects what led to your accident.
- Talk to Dolman Law Group about your accident and injuries as soon as possible so we can start helping you pursue the compensation you may deserve.
- Keep a journal that details your recovery and the challenges you may have faced during the process.
- Document all your medical costs, including any bills you may pay up front, co-pay and deductible amounts, and any fees that you have to take care of as you pursue treatment.
After a truck accident, compensation can help you pay your medical bills and rebuild your life. At Dolman Law Group, we aim to make that process as easy as possible for our clients.
Brandon Truck Accident FAQs
Did you suffer devastating injuries in a Brandon, Florida truck accident? Contact Dolman Law Group to discuss your right to compensation and to get answers to the many questions you may have about your injury claim.
1. Does the truck driver that caused my accident have to pay my medical bills?
The truck driver that caused your accident will not have to pay for your medical bills directly. In fact, whether you pursued treatment at Brandon Regional Hospital or went into Tampa to get medical treatment, you will need to figure out how to handle your medical bills, both immediately and for your long-term treatment.
However, that does not mean that you will end up stuck with high medical bills and no recourse. You may have several options that can help alleviate the challenges associated with costly medical bills after a Brandon truck accident.
Start with your PIP insurance.
Florida drivers, in addition to carrying liability insurance on their vehicles, must legally carry personal injury protection insurance. PIP insurance helps provide some protection against the initial cost of medical care for any injuries you may have sustained in a motor vehicle accident, regardless of who caused that accident. PIP insurance can help alleviate many of the fears Florida drivers may have in seeking medical care immediately after a truck accident injury.
Use your medical insurance, if you carry it.
If you have personal medical insurance, that medical insurance can help alleviate some of the strain associated with your medical expenses after a truck accident. Contact your health insurance provider to learn what type of coverage you can expect and how much it will cover. You may also want to use your health insurance to help offset the cost of ongoing medical treatment for serious injuries associated with your accident. For example, if you suffered spinal cord damage, you may have ongoing medical costs related to those injuries for the rest of your life.
File a truck accident claim and use those funds to cover the cost of needed medical care.
While an injury claim will not require the driver that caused your truck accident to pay for the cost of your medical care directly, it will provide you with compensation for your damages, including your medical care costs. You can then use those funds to cover the cost of treatment for your injuries. The compensation you can recover through a truck accident claim can go a long way toward ensuring that you have the funds necessary to help pay for your medical treatment.
2. Do I really need a lawyer to help me file a truck accident claim in Brandon?
Many truck accident victims find themselves wondering if they really have to have a lawyer to help with their claims. If you have had a damage-only car accident in the past, you may even think that dealing with the insurance company will go smoothly. A truck accident claim, on the other hand, can prove much more complicated than the average car accident claim. Furthermore, injury claims can prove much more subjective than property damage claims, and you may need a lawyer to help you navigate the complexities of that claim and pursue the damages you deserve.
Get the evidence you need to clearly establish liability for the truck accident.
Truck drivers do not want to accept liability for the damages caused by a truck accident. Not only can accidents cause their insurance to go up, they may jeopardize their jobs and even their licenses. As a result, truck drivers may refuse to accept liability, leaving you struggling to prove that the truck driver caused your accident and owes you compensation for your injuries and other damages. A lawyer can help collect that essential evidence.
Truck accident claims may involve a lot of details and a lot of evidence.
Often, truck accident claims involve many more details than the average car accident claim.
Truck accidents can occur due to a collection of factors, including:
- The actions of the truck driver himself
- Policies held by the trucking company, including policies related to the amount of time a driver can spend behind the wheel
- How the loading company loaded the vehicle
- What cargo the truck carried
- How much experience the driver has, and whether the trucking company provided adequate training to that driver
A truck accident lawyer can help sort through all those details and provide you with a more effective evaluation of everything that contributed to the truck accident. In many cases, by working with a truck accident lawyer, you may uncover evidence that establishes that more than one party contributed to your accident, which may mean that you can file a claim against each one.
A truck accident lawyer can help deal with the insurance company on your behalf.
Dealing with the insurance company on your own can prove incredibly frustrating. By working with a Brandon truck accident attorney, on the other hand, you can feel much more confident that your claim will work out and that your interests will factor into the settlement you ultimately receive for your truck accident injuries.
3. Do I have to accept a settlement offer from the insurance company that does not fit my needs after my Brandon truck accident?
After your Brandon truck accident, you may receive a settlement offer that seems to ignore the damages you actually sustained as a result of the accident and the financial needs that go along with it. By working with a lawyer, you can come up with a closer look at how much compensation you realistically deserve and should expect, based on the insurance policy that covers the liable driver and the damages you sustained.
The insurance company, however, may not agree with your initial assessment. In many cases, your first settlement offer might reflect only a small percentage of the damages you actually sustained in the accident. The insurance company may try to pressure you to accept that offer on the spot, and even insist that the offer will come off the table if you do not accept the offer quickly.
Before you accept any settlement offer, however, review it with the experienced truck accident attorneys at Dolman Law Group to get a better idea of whether it reflects your needs and whether you have the right to additional compensation. In many cases, you can actually increase the compensation you recover by negotiating with the insurance company. Your lawyer can also help you determine when you may want to accept a settlement offer, especially if you have received an offer that reflects the maximum you can likely obtain from the insurance company or that includes a reasonable assessment of the damages you sustained in the accident.
4. How long does it take to get compensation after a Brandon truck accident?
Because of the complex investigation involved in the truck accident process, as well as the need to negotiate with the insurance company in order to increase the odds that you will get the compensation you really deserve for your injuries, you should expect it to take several months to get compensation for your Brandon truck accident. The time needed to actually get a settlement check may depend on a number of factors surrounding your claim.
How complex an investigation does your Brandon truck accident claim require?
In some cases, liability for the accident might turn out relatively straightforward. The truck driver or trucking company may accept liability for the incident, and you may move forward quickly with your claim.
In others, your lawyer may conduct a much more detailed investigation of your accident, which may extend the time needed for you to receive a reasonable settlement. Furthermore, the insurance company may want to investigate the extent of your injuries and the challenges they may cause for you. In some cases, that may mean that they want more time to look into your daily activities or the limitations you may face because of the incident and your injuries.
How long do you need to recover from your injuries before your doctors can provide you with a solid idea of your eventual recovery?
Truck accident injuries can prove catastrophic. Each person's healing progression follows unique lines. Complications and setbacks can interfere with recovery and add to your medical costs, and your overall health and wellness, how fast you heal, and your dedication to your recovery can all influence how much strength and mobility you may eventually gain back after your accident.
In the case of severe injuries, including back and neck injuries or brain injuries, your doctor may need as much as six months to determine how much ground you will eventually gain back and what long-term medical expenses you will likely face.
In many cases, we recommend waiting until you have a solid idea of what your long-term recovery will look like before you move forward with your injury claim. The extent of your recovery can have an impact on the compensation you can ultimately recover, and the complications and setbacks you face along the way may increase your medical costs. By waiting to file your Brandon truck accident claim, you can provide a more accurate look at exactly what limitations and challenges you have faced because of your accident.
How much negotiation does your Brandon truck accident claim require?
Negotiating for the compensation you deserve can prove long and complicated. Sometimes, the insurance company may offer you a reasonable settlement soon after the accidents.
In any claim with disputed liability, however, the insurance company may make it much more difficult to get the full compensation you deserve for your injuries. Furthermore, in claims involving severe injury, the insurance company may look for any opportunity to reduce the compensation it has to pay out to you. That negotiation process can extend the time between when you file your claim and when you receive compensation for your injuries.
5. Will I have to go to court over my Brandon truck accident claim?
Going to court remains a possibility in most injury cases, including truck accident claims. In most cases, however, the insurance company will try to avoid going to court if possible. Going to court may increase the insurance company's legal expenses. It may also increase the time needed to reach a settlement agreement, which could prove even more frustrating for you. As a result, both sides generally work to resolve a truck accident claim out of court if possible.
A lawyer can help you determine whether you need to push your claim to court in order to maximize the compensation you can obtain or if you can reach a settlement agreement.
6. Does the truck driver always bear liability in a truck accident in Brandon?
The truck driver involved in an auto accident does not always bear liability for the accident. In some cases, the other driver or pedestrian involved in the accident may commit a negligent act that results in the accident: ignoring the rules of the road, for example, or pulling over too close in front of the truck driver and braking quickly.
Other factors may also influence a truck accident claim. While the truck driver may bear primary responsibility for any decisions made out on the road, including decisions like driving while distracted, tired, or under the influence, outside factors could contribute to or even cause an accident. For example, a trucking company with dangerous policies could cause an accident by pushing a driver to get behind the wheel despite a condition that should prevent him from driving safely. Trucking companies may also bear liability when they fail to properly maintain their vehicles and that lack of maintenance leads to an accident. In some cases, when a truck suffers a mechanical failure that leads to an accident, the manufacturer of the truck or of the malfunctioning part may bear liability.
If you have questions about who caused your specific truck accident, including whether multiple parties may bear liability, contact Dolman Law Group to discuss your claim.
Do You Need a Brandon Truck Accident Lawyer?
Trying to handle a truck accident claim on your own can leave you frustrated and unsure what you need to do next. At Dolman Law Group, we can help you navigate your claim and, in many cases, increase the compensation you can recover for your injuries. Contact us at 833-552-7274 (833-55-CRASH) for your free consultation.
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