Why You Need an Attorney for Your Trucking Accident
Those who suffer injuries due to the negligence of a truck driver often feel like they are not worthy of filing a claim or lawsuit. Some people give up on pursuing the at-fault driver, even if the accident was not their fault, because they think to themselves, “The truck driver’s employer is a large company and so is the insurance company. I’m just one person, so I’ll just have to handle this on my own.” These thoughts make the victim feel small. The good news is that victims do not have to feel this way. There are laws in place to protect all parties involved in truck accidents, especially the victim. Today we will explore three reasons why you need to consult with a lawyer for the trucking accident you’ve experienced.
- Watch the Statute of Limitations Clock.
Whether your injuries stem from a wreck with a jackknife, an 18-wheeler, a trailer truck or semi, if you cannot settle a claim and are planning on filing a lawsuit to recover for the damages and injuries you received, you must keep in mind that the lawsuit needs to be filed within a certain timeframe.
Depending on the circumstances of the case itself, such as whether minors or governmental entities are involved, and how many parties the lawsuit will include, your statute of limitations will vary. Generally, Florida law states that the time runs out to file the lawsuit just four years after the accident, and two years if the truck accident resulted in wrongful death.
This is why it’s necessary to consult an experienced personal injury attorney specializing in truck accidents. Which leads us to our next step:
- Don’t Procrastinate. Hire a Knowledgeable Trucking Accident Attorney.
Hiring a trucking accident attorney does not have to be difficult. The key is to locate an attorney who has a wealth of experience and knowledge in trucking accidents. Be sure to also review the Florida Bar Association’s Attorney Discipline site to discover whether the attorney has any mishaps with discipline and complaints.
You’ll know you have the right attorney when you feel comfortable talking with the attorney. Once you’ve hired the right attorney for you, the attorney can get to work on your case.
- Preserve Evidence.
This is a crucial step of your personal injury claim. If your attorney is not taking action to help preserve the evidence necessary to secure fair compensation for your damages, this will hinder your chances of winning your case.
One of the most important things your attorney will do is send a preservation of evidence letter, sometimes called a spoliation or litigation hold letter. This letter is simply a formal notice to direct the trucking company to keep specific items that may be used as evidence in your case.
For example, the attorney will ask the company to hold the following, whether in hard copy or in electronic form:
- The driver’s driving record
- Employment history of the driver
- Repair and maintenance records
- Employee handbooks
Injured in a Truck Accident in Sarasota? Call “The Patricks” at Hale Law
If you or someone you know received injuries from a truck accident in Sarasota or Bradenton and are looking to hire an attorney to help you with your personal injury case, the Sarasota truck accident lawyers at Hale Law are here to help. Please give us a call to schedule a free case evaluation at 941-735-4529 or use the contact us form online.