In many cases, you do not have to go to court for a truck accident case. Many truck accident victims are able to reach a settlement offer with the responsible party’s insurance company.
Trucking companies may not want to take these cases to court any more than you do, and their insurance companies may understand the benefits of paying out and avoiding a trial.
Taking a case to court may be more expensive and time-consuming than negotiating an out-of-court settlement. This can weigh heavily on insurance companies who represent corporations that may be found liable at trial.
However, sometimes an insurance company refuses to issue accident victims a fair settlement offer. If this happens to you, you or your lawyer may be able to take your case to trial and allow a judge or jury to review the evidence and determine if you are owed compensation.
Many Florida Truck Accident Cases Settle Out of Court
In cases where a personal injury lawyer is able to show evidence of the responsible party’s negligence and liability, and the harm suffered by the victim, going to court may be avoided. If the responsible party’s insurance company believes your evidence would stand up in court, they may agree to pay you that amount rather than take the case to trial.
A lawyer may attempt to achieve this outcome by gathering evidence to show:
- How the truck driver acted in a negligent way, causing your accident and injuries
- How the trucking company is legally responsible for your accident damages
- The true value of your case, including your injuries, intangible damages, and current and future losses
This evidence may come from:
- Photos and videos from the scene of the accident
- Police reports
- Witness statements
- Records or data from the trucking company
- Accident reconstruction and medical expert testimony
- Your medical records
- And other sources
Taking Your Truck Accident Case to Court
In some cases, you may need to go to court for a truck accident case. This could occur of the responsible party’s insurance company refuses to provide you with a fair settlement offer.
When you go to trial, your lawyer may present the evidence of the responsible party’s liability to the judge or jury. If they rule in your favor and decide that the defendant owes you compensation, they may also decide the amount. Your lawyer will accompany you through this entire process.
Under Florida Statutes § 95.11, Florida accident victims generally have four years to file a personal injury lawsuit and two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If you wait too long and allow this deadline to expire without taking legal action, you could lose your opportunity to recover compensation via a lawsuit.
Damages You May Be Able to Recover
If you can prove that your truck accident was caused by another party’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for the following damages:
- Medical bills (both current and future)
- Lost wages
- Vehicle repairs
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
- And more
Distasio Law Firm Can Help You with Your Truck Accident Case
Distasio Law Firm represents Tampa-area truck accident victims and accident victims throughout Florida in both settlement negotiations and personal injury lawsuits. We can handle a variety of legal tasks when we represent you, including:
- Managing all communications, deadlines, and paperwork in your case
- Investigating your accident
- Building an evidence-backed case of the responsible party’s liability
- Gathering evidence to demonstrate the value of your damages
- Handling settlement negotiations on your behalf
- Taking your case to trial if the responsible party’s insurance company is unwilling to make you a fair offer
We can also answer your questions and keep you updated about your case so that you can focus your time and energy on healing from your injuries, rather than the legal casework.
Distasio Law Firm offers a free, no-obligation consultation to Tampa area accident victims and accident victims throughout Florida. Call us today at (813) 259-0022. A member of our team is standing by to discuss if you may have to go to court for your truck accident case, or if a settlement offer may be an option.
Distasio Law Firm charges no up-front fees or payments to our clients. We work on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning we do not collect attorney’s fees unless and until our clients win their case and recover a settlement offer or court awards.