In an accident with a commercial truck, the laws of physics work against the occupants of a smaller vehicle, such as a car, pickup, or SUV. Large trucks weigh in excess of 10,000 pounds, and tractor-trailers can weigh more than 80,000 pounds, so the force these trucks exert when they crash into a passenger vehicle can be immense—even at low speeds. At high speeds, these accidents can be deadly.
If you’ve been hurt in a truck accident, you are undoubtedly wondering about the value of your case. And while we can’t tell you how much it is worth without a thorough investigation, we can help you understand the different types of compensation (called damages) that you might be entitled to receive.
Truck Accident Damages You May Be Entitled to Receive
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses from the time of the accident until you are fully recovered
- Past and future wages lost due to your injuries
- Damage to your vehicle
- Pain and suffering
Factors That Determine the Value of Your Truck Accident Case
Every truck accident is different, and your damages will depend on your injuries, employment, and living situation. However, the following factors can also have a significant effect on the value of your case:
Seriousness of your injuries.
If you require surgery and other long-term treatment or rehabilitation, you may be entitled to a larger award for your medical expenses and lost time at work. Serious injuries might even influence the value of the pain and suffering portion of your claim.
If your accident disables you permanently, requiring lifelong care and affecting your ability to work, the value of your claim may increase due to your additional expenses and losses.
Your obligation to dependents such as a spouse or minor children whom you support may entitle you to higher compensation.
If your memory of the accident and your description of your injuries remain clear and consistent, you’re a strong, credible witness. If your attorney finds inconsistencies in the testimony of the defendant, you may win a larger award.
Credibility of witnesses.
If witnesses to the accident confirm your testimony, this strengthens your case and potentially increases the value of your claim.
If the at-fault truck driver or trucking company disputes the cause of your accident or your injuries, it may be more difficult to prove your claim. An experienced truck accident attorney is vital for success in such a dispute.
Florida is a pure comparative negligence state, which means that if you are found partially at fault for your truck accident, your award could be reduced according to your percentage of the fault.
Have You Been Injured In A Florida Truck Accident?
If you've been hurt in a truck accident you need to speak with an experienced Florida truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Coral Springs office directly at 954.755.7803 to schedule your free consultation. We proudly serve Florida residents including all of Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County and all points in between.