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How Can Rebein Law Help After Your Tampa Truck Accident

In an accident, your life is turned upside down. The last thing you need is to worry about jumping through legal hoops to get a settlement from the insurance company.

Rebein Law can help with that. You can count on our team to handle all the paperwork and legal steps required to get you the highest settlement possible.

Our team can also help you negotiate getting the treatment you need to make the most complete recovery possible, regardless of whether you have medical insurance. Using a medical lien, we work with a network of doctors and other providers. Until your settlement arrives, they will provide all the treatment you need without charging you.

Our lawyers will then help you negotiate any medical bills to ensure you get the most from your settlement. Our team is passionate and focused on ensuring you and your family get the support you need and the settlement you deserve.

Truck Accident Statistics in Tampa Florida

Fifty percent of all fatal truck crashes in the US occur in just ten states, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Florida is one of those states, which is why we are seeing twice as many truck crash victims this year. The effects of truck accidents can be even more devastating than those of car accidents, even though there are fewer accidents.

As Florida reopened from the COVID shutdown in 2021, we’ve seen an increased number of crashes. This is due to multiple factors including huge migrations of people from the northeast and west and the rapidly growing logistics and warehousing industry.

Unfortunately, the highways have not kept up with the resulting traffic boom. Florida has the same number of lanes on our central highway system as we did 10 years ago.

The statistics on truck accidents are even more concerning. Within one year, the number of large trucks involved in fatal accidents increased by over 4%. Large truck crashes have resulted in 36% more deaths and 96% more injuries since 2010.

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What are the Average Injury Settlements for Tampa Truck Accidents?

It’s a simple matter of physics that makes truck accidents so frightening. The injuries are just more severe when an 80,000-pound semi-truck collides with a 4,000-pound car. Considering these facts, it’s easy to say that the average truck accident settlement is larger than if the accident involved two cars.

However, the amount you can expect from a truck accident claim in Tampa is impossible to predict. If someone gives you one, beware because it requires research and is completely based on factors unique to your case. Truck accident settlements are generally based on three main factors.

  1. How serious are your injuries? The seriousness of your injury weighs heavily on your potential settlement amount.
  2. What are the policy limits on the insurance? Trucking companies typically carry far more insurance than a normal car insurance policy. Your settlement will come from insurance coverage.Rebein Law is an expert at finding ALL possible insurance coverage, which is why you should hire us if you have been involved in a truck accident.
  3. Who was at fault in the accident? There is no black and white when it comes to fault. All parties involved in your accident can be held responsible to a certain degree. There is a pure comparative fault rule in Florida, which means that Florida allows plaintiffs to claim damages based on the exact percentage of fault they’re assigned by a court.So, even if you were assigned 90% of the blame for the accident, you can still make a claim for 10% of the damages. I could give you a complicated formula with unknown variables like insurance coverage. I will instead tell you that this is one more reason you need our help. You can focus on your recovery while we handle these complicated details!

When Do I Need to Contact a Tampa Tractor-Trailer Accident Attorney?

When it comes to any accident that involves a large truck or semi-truck, you want to contact a lawyer as quickly as possible. Truck accident cases are not the same as car accident cases. Trucking companies have an experienced legal team on call to do everything they can to shift fault away from the trucking company. You can easily do the wrong thing and accidentally ruin your chances of getting a large settlement.

With that in mind, you NEVER want to give a recorded statement about the accident until you’ve called us for legal advice. The insurance company, and the trucking company’s legal team, will do everything possible to lessen the amount that will have to be paid out. They are trained to get you to say the wrong thing, even if it seems innocent.

Talking with us to get legal advice from our experienced truck accident lawyers is free and comes with no obligation. Our goal is to help you, and we won’t get paid unless we win. If you have questions, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist you.

What Can I Do to Protect My Rights After a Truck Accident in Florida?

Truck AccidentThe biggest mistake we see is that people give a recorded statement right away, which can seriously damage your case. Don’t give a recorded statement without speaking to an experienced attorney. Our team will help you prepare for an official deposition and any other official statement you need to make.

You also want to call the police to any accident scene. We’re assuming you’re researching these details after the day of your accident but it’s something we feel is worthwhile to mention.

You also want to document any injuries you have as well as keep any medical appointments. A gap in treatment (not showing up to your doctor’s appointments) is a common mistake people make that can ruin any chance you have of a successful personal injury case.

What are the Primary Causes of Florida Truck Accidents?

Large trucks are commercial vehicles and are used for work purposes. That means the truck driver is at work, which doesn’t make him immune to all the same distractions and issues we have at work. The number one cause of truck accidents is human error. To break it down more specifically…

The Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Florida Are:

  • Time constraints that are unrealistic
  • A lack of driver training
  • Reckless driving and/or speeding
  • Sleeping at the wheel or driving tired
  • Driving while distracted
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Failure to hire, train, and supervise drivers properly
  • Cargo that is overloaded or improperly secured
  • Equipment that is defective
  • Road maintenance is poor
  • Maintenance of vehicles is poor
  • Bad road conditions

What Are the Typical Injuries Sustained in a Truck Accident?

Large truck accident injuries that are the most common include:

  • Whiplash and other back and neck injuries
  • Concussions, blunt head trauma, and other traumatic brain injuries TBI
  • Broken bones
  • Internal trauma
  • Scalp or face lacerations
  • Injury caused by a seat belt
  • Paralysis and spinal cord injuries
  • An amputation
  • Burn injuries
  • Death

How Long Do I have to File a Truck Accident Lawsuit in Florida?

A Florida car accident lawsuit must be filed within four years of the accident. The four-year period begins on the date of your car accident. In most cases, a claim filed after four years will be dismissed. The law is Florida Statutes 95.11(3)(a), and it focuses on suing for damages after being injured due to negligence.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire Rebein Law for Truck Accident Representation?

With Rebein Law, you pay zero upfront fees and we do not charge anything until we win your case. We get paid only after we win your case. Simple.

So, if you would like FREE legal advice, give us a call so we can explain all your legal options to you. We do not pressure you to become a client. You can rest assured that once we have you as a client, we will begin working immediately to gather all the facts and evidence possible. All with the goal of getting you the biggest possible settlement.

How Much Can I Sue for a Truck Accident in Florida?

Currently, there are no limits on how much a person can seek for damages in a truck accident lawsuit in Florida. However, your accident evidence and injuries are crucial to your case. Your big settlement depends on proving all the damages you’re seeking, and that’s why working with Rebein Law’s expert attorneys is so crucial.

Who is Liable for a Tractor-Trailer Accident?

If the truck driver is found guilty of negligence, then the trucking company (also called a carrier) may be legally liable for that driver’s actions, as well as for the safety of the trucks it owns. A truck accident may involve more than just the truck driver and the carrier. That’s why it’s critical that you reach out to Rebein Law and our experienced truck accident attorneys. Call us for free legal advice today to ensure you and your family are being taken care of!

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