Orlando Truck Accident Lawyer
Trucking accidents occur every day in Florida. If you’ve been injured in a semi or tractor-trailer accident, give us a call. No fees or expenses unless we win!
Florida Semi-Truck Accident Attorney
The average pick-up truck can weigh up to 9,000 lbs depending on the model and whether it is loaded. Imagine nine thousand pounds slamming into a smaller passenger vehicle, and that is the devastation that a truck accident causes. Orlando truck accident attorney Jeremiah Jaspon has a passion for upholding the rights of truck accident victims. If you have been injured in an accident where a truck driver was negligently operating his vehicle, you have a legal right to receive compensation for your injuries. Jeremiah Jaspon brings his aggressive and winning attitude to your case, and I won’t back down when it comes to upholding your legal rights.
Florida is a no-fault insurance state, which means that your insurance will pay for your injuries, property damage, and other costs up to a point. No-fault insurance is supposed to decrease the number of lawsuits that arise from accident injury cases. However, when this isn’t enough and your injuries are serious, you still have the right to file a suit to recover full compensation. Fortunately, no state has adopted a pure no-fault auto insurance system, so you can still file a lawsuit when certain thresholds have been met.
The Jaspon Firm and its legal team are extremely familiar with the car accident and personal injury laws in Florida, and Jeremiah Jaspon will be able to tell you if you have a case once he meets with you. I will take your case all the way from the initial meeting up through a trial if a trial is necessary. I want you to feel confident that your case is in good hands with the legal team at The Jaspon Firm.
An experienced, knowledgeable trucking accident attorney will fully understand both the states laws and the federal trucking laws, as well as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) which would include:
- Truck driver licensing requirements
- Truck insurance minimums
- Required documentation
- Limits on work hours
- Training requirements
- Truck weight, size, and route limitations
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Many times large semi-tractor trailer trucks are paid by the mile. Truck drivers many times are pressured to keep driving way past the point of exhaustion. When this occurs, it leads to unsafe driving decisions that endanger not only the truck drivers themselves but everyone else traveling on the roads and highways. Investigative work by our legal team will explore if these practices were used in regards to your case. If a driver or his or her supervisors acted negligently and violated any federal rules concerning driving hours, all the parties can be held liable. Other areas that will be investigated will be truck maintenance records, vehicle defects, and even dangerous weather conditions. We leave no stone unturned in our truck accident investigations.
How Truck Accidents Are Different From Car Accidents
There are several ways that truck accidents differ from car crashes. Many of the trucks on the roadways are commercially-owned vehicles compared to cars. So usually, a trucking company will own them and is responsible for its trucks and their operation. This different ownership of the vehicle complicates truck accident claims and the process of recovering compensation. There are differences in insurance requirements, laws, and regulations.
Why You Need a Truck Accident Lawyer
The injuries victims receive in trucking-related accidents many times are extreme. Often, they are devastating to one’s life and can seriously affect an entire family’s financial future. For this reason, if you have been injured in a truck-related accident, you need to have a seasoned personal injury lawyer on your side fighting for you. A lawyer will ensure that those that have committed negligent acts are held accountable for their actions. It is also important to have an experienced lawyer who can protect your rights and any unfair tactics that may be used to prevent you from receiving fair and deserving compensation for your injuries.
Over 4,000 large truck accidents resulted in almost 4,500 injuries last year in Florida. There were also over 300 fatalities from those collisions.
Some of the common injuries sustained in truck accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck Injuries / Whiplash
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injury & paralysis
- Fractures (broken bones), lacerations & contusions
- Internal injuries
- Severe contusions
- Dismemberment / Limb loss and amputation
- Seat belt injuries
A knowledgeable truck accident lawyer will investigate your crash, determine if any laws or regulations have been violated, and help you navigate your claim process. With what’s at stake when it comes to a truck crash and the related injuries, it is highly recommended that you have an experienced truck accident lawyer represent you.
Truck Accidents and Insurance Companies
Insurance companies primarily aim to generate profit, not to provide claimants with fair settlements after automobile accidents. This is particularly true in the case of truck accidents, where the trucking companies often employ corporate legal counsel to quickly act, minimize their liability, and, at times, even try to persuade accident victims into making false admissions. These tactics can hinder victims from receiving the full compensation they deserve.
Victims of trucking accidents often sustain severe injuries, which can be life-altering and significantly impact their financial stability. This is why having experienced legal representation advocating for you is essential. It is crucial to ensure that negligent parties are held responsible for their actions and that you receive the best compensation for your injuries.
The Jaspon Firm serves Truck Accident Victims throughout Central Florida, including Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Kissimmee, Clearwater, Tampa, Largo, St. Petersburg, Titusville, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Apopka, Doctor Phillips, Winter Park, Maitland, Casselberry, Kissimmee, Longwood, Winter Springs, Ocoee, Pine Hills, Sanford, Windermere and Winter Garden.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Florida Truck Accidents?
My job as an Orlando truck accident lawyer is to protect your rights, provide sound legal representation, and ensure you receive fair compensation for your case. I will find evidence to prove your case and determine what caused your truck accident. Below are some of the most common causes of semi-truck accidents.
• Speeding and reckless driving
• Distracted driving: Distractions such as using smartphones, eating, or talking with passengers.
• Fatigue: Long hours on the road without proper rest.
• Improper lane changes: Failure to check blind spots or use turn signals when changing lanes.
• Following too closely: Tailgating or not maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles.
• Jackknifing: When the semi-truck swings out of control, it can cause the truck to fold like a jackknife, often due to sudden braking or improper maneuvering.
• Truck driver failing to brake soon enough.
• Equipment failure: Defective brakes, tire blowouts, or other mechanical failures.
• Weather conditions: Poor visibility and road conditions.
• Improper loading or cargo issues: Overloaded or poorly secured cargo can lead to weight distribution problems, making the truck more difficult to control.
• Inexperienced or untrained drivers: Lack of experience or inadequate training can lead to errors in judgment and handling of the vehicle.
• Truck driver drug impairment
• Truck driver intoxicated.
Studies have shown that driver error accounts for the highest percentage of semi-truck accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that 80% of truck-related crashes are due to the truck driver’s error.
Who can I sue if I suffer an injury in a truck accident?
Determining who is liable for your injuries isn’t always straightforward. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you will need to hire a personal injury attorney to navigate Florida state regulations. Truck accident lawyers are trained to examine and investigate all the interested parties to determine who may be liable for your injuries and determine the best course of action for your case. Some examples of potentially responsible parties may be:
- The driver of the truck
- The trucking company and or carrier
- A company that may have leased the truck
- The truck maintenance company, tire manufacturer, or other truck equipment-related company.
These are just a few typical parties that tend to be involved in trucking accident lawsuits. It is not uncommon for some responsible parties to fight over who is liable and whose insurance company will be on the hook for injuries and damages. To protect your rights, you should engage an experienced accident lawyer with a thorough understanding of federal and local trucking regulations. The best truck accident attorneys are skilled at getting the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages. You want an aggressive attorney with truck accident experience on your side. The Jaspon Firm is experienced with truck accident cases and standing up to the insurance giants.
Tractor-trailers can weigh upwards of tens of thousands of pounds when they are fully loaded. When one of these huge vehicles runs into a smaller vehicle, the injuries can be multiple and severe. The Orlando 18-wheeler accident attorneys at our law firm have been working with people injured in semi-truck collisions for years. The Jaspon Firm is very familiar with the Florida no-fault insurance laws, and Jeremiah Jaspon knows how to help you get the best compensation for your injuries.
What Is the Value of a Semi-Truck Accident Lawsuit?
Semi-truck accident settlement values can vary drastically. Simply speaking, the value of a truck accident case depends on the severity of the injuries and their impact on your long-term treatment and quality of life. If the injuries are minor, the value is typically not very high for the case. However, when the injuries are severe, the value of the truck accident can be very high. Each case is different, it will depend on the extent of the injuries, treatments required, lost wages, psychological trauma and the insurance policy limits. More serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), back and neck injuries, broken bones, and physical disfigurements, and burns obviously will command a much higher value.
As a skilled Orlando truck accident lawyer, I will uncover what caused the crash and what parties were negligent. I will gather all the evidence and formulate the value of your case. I will find out what the insurance coverages are and explain your lawsuit’s value to you in detail. If your injuries are extensive, trucking accident cases can range from thousands of dollars to millions. Every case is different, but I will be able to value your semi-truck accident case accurately.
Florida Laws That Can Impact Your Truck Accident Claim
In Florida, there are several laws that will impact not only your ability to obtain compensation but also the amount of compensation you could receive. Below I have laid out some of the laws that will determine the outcome of your case.
No-Fault and Comparative Fault Laws
Florida has a different rule compared to many other states when it comes to truck accidents. It’s called “no-fault.” This means that regardless of who caused the accident, people who get injured can file claims with their own insurance companies to get money for things like medical bills.
However, there’s a catch. Most insurance policies in Florida will only pay a certain amount. The coverage is called PIP (personal injury protection). It usually covers around 80% of medical bills. It may also provide some compensation for lost wages, but usually not a significant amount.
During a truck accident, people’s injuries are usually much more serious than those from a regular car accident. The costs related to these injuries are often much higher than what a regular insurance policy can handle. That’s why the law in Florida permits individuals who have been seriously injured to take legal action against the drivers responsible for the accident by filing lawsuits. This gives them the opportunity to seek additional compensation to cover their extensive expenses and damages.
To accomplish this, you need to meet what is called a “permanent injury” threshold. What does this mean? You must have:
• Prove, within a certain degree of medical probability, that your injury is permanent.
• You have suffered a substantial, permanent loss of a vital bodily function.
• You have suffered substantial, permanent scarring or disfigurement due to the accident.
If your injury meets any of these requirements, we must prove that the defendant, truck driver, or other parties were negligent in causing your injury. It is also important to know that another Florida law may come into play called the “comparative fault principle”. In simpler terms, if it’s discovered that you had any involvement in causing the accident, it means that the amount of money you receive as compensation may be reduced.
Negligence Laws on Liability
To get compensation, you must show evidence that the truck driver was responsible for the accident. In simple terms, we need to prove that the driver is legally responsible for the expenses you’ve had to pay, such as medical bills and lost wages.
There are many ways in which a truck driver can act carelessly and be the cause of an accident. This is the reason you should contact me, Jeremiah Jaspon, to represent you in your truck accident. I will be able, from the start of your ordeal, to gather the evidence it will take to prove your case that the driver was at fault. There may have been other parties responsible for your crash. The trucking company may be at fault because of improperly maintaining the truck, or the company responsible for loading the truck improperly packed this behemoth vehicle, causing an imbalance. Many factors could play a role in the cause of the crash but be assured I will uncover the cause and get you the compensation you deserve. The bottom line is that if I can prove that other parties were negligent, you can take action against them.
18 Wheeler Accident Attorney
Most large trucks are owned by shipping or transport companies. If you’ve been injured by one of their employees driving a large truck in a dangerous or negligent manner, the company will likely try to minimize the financial damage they’ll have to pay. These companies are professionals and they know what they’re doing. Don’t try to fight this alone. Get your own legal team of aggressive and experienced lawyers who know exactly what to expect from insurance companies and the types of corporations that use big rig trucks.
The Jaspon Firm is here to help you get the compensation you deserve. We have a proven track record of successful settlements and verdicts. When you call our office, you can always speak with Jeremiah Jaspon or one of the paralegals. If you have questions or concerns or just want to know that we’re working on your case, you can always call, or email me and my staff. That’s the benefit of working with a law firm that cares about you.