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Any motor vehicle accident is frightening, but collisions involving 18-wheelers can be especially traumatic — especially for the victims in a smaller vehicle. In the United States, the load limit for 18-wheelers is 80,000 pounds, while most passenger vehicles weigh between 3,000 and 5,000 pounds. The enormous weight of an 18-wheeler increases the force of its impact, turning what might otherwise be a less serious collision into a major accident, particularly when it collides with a smaller vehicle.
Because of the sheer size of an 18-wheeler truck, the types of injuries and damages from commercial trucking accidents can be far more serious than those from other types of automobile collisions.
If you have been injured in a commercial trucking accident, you should speak with an injury lawyer as soon as possible to address time-sensitive questions about the accident. A personal injury attorney can help you navigate the stressful and confusing aftermath of a serious accident, from connecting you with health care professionals to helping you understand the pros and cons of filing a claim on your own insurance in order to help you make the best decision for yourself.
Extensive investigation is often required after 18-wheeler accidents to determine which parties may be at fault or otherwise might be held legally accountable for your injuries. Your attorneys will be tasked with preparing your case in a way that exposes the insurance company to significant risk, which can be expensive and challenging. However, an experienced personal injury law firm — such as our team here at FVF in Orlando — will help you make informed medical decisions, fully evaluate the extent of your financial and quality of life damages, thoroughly investigate your case, and help you recover compensation for your damages. Trying to do this without expert legal help could cost you hundreds of thousands — or even millions — of dollars.
Unfortunately, the demands of commercial trucking create a high-risk environment. Sometimes, the environment is made more dangerous by unscrupulous behavior on the part of drivers or business owners. Even if the behavior is unintentional, negligent acts that can result in accidents include:
The average settlement for 18-wheeler accidents is generally higher than that for other types of collisions, mainly because damages in these cases can be so extensive, but also because juries are not afraid to hold commercial trucking companies accountable for their misconduct. These accidents result in serious, catastrophic injuries or even death with a startling frequency, and the road is full of semi trucks.
While specific compensation amounts will vary depending on the circumstances of your case — particularly with regard to your role in and responsibility for the accident in question — there are several types of damages you may be able to recover.
Settlement figures are not always made publicly available, and even when they are, it is difficult to point to an 18-wheeler accident compensation amount. Many factors can affect your individual case and the amount of compensation you receive. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you understand how the different variables of your case may impact both your ability to seek recovery and the type of damages you are able to claim. Here are some factors to consider that can influence compensation amounts:
The length of time it takes from filing to recovery depends on a variety of factors. Some of the factors that determine how long your 18-wheeler accident case settlement will take include:
Regardless of the specific details of your case, it’s important to speak to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Attorneys can help you understand your rights and options as well as file suit when you have a legal claim. A client-centered Orlando law firm like FVF can also provide resources to help you seek medical care while protecting your rights and documenting your case. We investigate your case thoroughly and fight for your rights when negligence or recklessness is a contributing factor.
We believe that personal injury compensation is about people, not cases, and our philosophy is that we accept only cases that we believe we will be able to add substantial value to. Because of this, we operate on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid only when the case resolves in your favor.
The first step is to speak with an attorney at FVF — the sooner, the better. Whether you ultimately choose to hire us or not, you will walk away from that initial conversation with one of our attorneys feeling more prepared to make a decision about your next steps. When you are ready to speak to an attorney about your case, contact us for a free consultation.
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