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The total number of Floridians killed in truck accidents has been increasing in recent years.
52 people were killed in accidents with large trucks in 2019, increasing from the 31 fatalities in 2015. In addition, the number of people who died in crashes with light utility trucks is also on the rise.Calling your personal injury a “slip-and-fall” somehow seems to mask the seriousness of the injuries that you have suffered. When you lose your balance and fall to the ground, you could suffer any one of a number of injuries, including:
The Reasons Why There Are More Truck Accidents
There are a number of reasons why truck accident fatalities are increasing:
  • The rise of online shopping means that there are more trucks on the road.
  • Mobile devices mean that more truckers are distracted behind the wheel.
  • A shortage of truck drivers means that trucking companies are hiring less qualified drivers to fill spots.
  • Mandatory rest rules mean that operators drive faster to beat rest deadlines. 
For every fatality, there are countless people whose lives have been impacted due to severe injuries. Statistically, drivers and their passengers are much more likely to be seriously injured in truck accidents due to the truck’s sheer size. The average truck can be carrying a load of up to 80,000 pounds. A fully loaded truck will weigh 16 times more than the average automobile. Trucks may also be carrying loads that pose dangers to other drivers on the road.
Why Truck Accident Victims Need Help

Victims who are injured in truck accidents have legal rights regarding the harm they have suffered. At the same time, injured victims will likely not be able to handle both their legal and medical matters on their own. They and their families are preoccupied with the trauma of the truck accidents and the upheaval that it causes. Victims may suffer severe injuries that render them unable to do much, if anything, for themselves.

Your possible truck accident settlement or lawsuit verdict requires that you prove not only that the truck driver was responsible but also the extent of your injuries. When you are hurt, documenting your own medical file is about the last thing that you can do given the extent of your injuries.

Prompt Medical Help Is Important

At 388CEDA, we help accident victims obtain detailed documentation of their injuries. If claims seem weak or lacking in evidence, insurance companies will look to deny them simply because they can. We have trusted medical professionals that can help diagnose your injuries and provide you the records that show the exact harm that you have suffered. The key is to get medical help as soon as possible after an accident if you have not immediately received treatment at the scene. Our specialists can give you the paperwork that you need to show both present and future damages.

Once you understand the extent of your injuries, you are ready to file a claim with the insurance company. The average truck accident victim is simply not in a position where they can deal with the insurance company on their own. Not only are they dealing with often serious injuries, but they are up against a corporate entity that puts profits over people. Insurance companies are known for making things harder for claimants, even if the case eventually settles.

388CEDA Attorney Recommendations

Upon your request, 388CEDA will recommend attorneys who can deal with the insurance company on your behalf. Accident victims need someone in their corner who is wise to the ways of the insurance company and knows how to deal with them and the battalions of lawyers that they retain with the aim of saving them money.

Even if your truck accident case settles like many of them do, the process of reaching a settlement takes time, effort, and the ability to go toe to toe with the insurance company. Otherwise, you may be left in a position where you are trying to negotiate a settlement without really knowing what your case is worth.

At 388CEDA, we can help truck accident victims obtain the medical services they need to document their injuries, which can include:
388CEDA Can Recommend Qualified Legal Professionals Upon Your Request
In addition, we can recommend you an attorney who could safeguard your legal rights and help you navigate the legal process after your accident. We work with a network of experienced Miami truck accident attorneys who can help you during the claims process. Your lawyer could negotiate a settlement agreement on your behalf. Call us today at 1.800.388.CEDA at your first possible opportunity, so you can take steps to begin the claims process.
388CEDA is not a law firm or an attorney referral service. 388CEDA does not provide legal advice, services, or legal representation to anyone including but not limited to visitors to this site or individuals/persons responding to our advertisements. In Florida, 388CEDA provides the following types of physician services: M.D., Orthopedic Surgeons, Anesthesiologists, General Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners, & D.C., Chiropractic Physicians that document and treat individuals that have suffered injuries. Results may vary and are not guaranteed. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call one of our agents at 388CEDA. We work with experienced attorneys.
1•800•388CEDA FAQ

Commercial truck accidents are capable of causing extremely serious injuries, including those that can leave victims with long-term medical problems or even permanent disabilities. Some of the more common injuries that victims can sustain include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Crush injuries
  • Traumatic amputations
  • Burns
  • Internal injuries
  • Neurological injuries

In many states, truck crash victims can automatically seek compensation from the negligent truck driver and the trucking company. However, this process works a little differently in Florida due to the no-fault auto insurance system. Injured motorists must first turn to their own personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, and only certain accident victims are eligible to file a fault-based claim. 

It is important to recognize that PIP coverage is quite limited. The most you can recover is $10,000, which can go toward 80 percent of your medical bills and 60 percent of your lost income. This amount often does not come close to covering the costs of a severe truck accident injury. If you have a “permanent” injury, the law permits you to step outside of the no-fault system and file fault-based claims against the negligent parties. Knowing whether you meet this serious injury “threshold” to file a fault-based claim can be challenging, so you want a lawyer to assess your options.  

It depends. In order to be able to bring a claim for a truck accident, two things must be true. First, the accident must have been someone else’s fault. Second, your injuries must exceed the PIP threshold discussed above. 

That said, most accident claims are resolved by reaching a settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company. In many cases, liability is not contested, leaving victims’ damages the only issue that needs to be resolved. Importantly, you should retain an attorney even if it looks like your case is going to settle, as insurance companies always try to settle cases for as little as possible.

If you are unable to reach a settlement with the insurance company or the insurance company is denying liability, there is a good chance that you will need to bring a lawsuit in order to recover compensation. 

Your priority after a truck accident should always be to get all the medical help you need. You might need emergency transportation or should seek an evaluation at the emergency room on your own. If you have signs of any injuries at all, it is critical to get them diagnosed and begin treatment right away. 

Then, you should always contact a truck accident attorney as soon as you can. Truck accident cases are often more complicated than regular car accident claims, and you can expect the trucking company to try to deny liability. The company will have its own investigators and insurance representatives at the scene in many cases, as well as gathering evidence to refute liability. You want to have your own legal advocate working on the case as soon as possible to ensure that important evidence is not concealed or destroyed. 

There are many possible causes of truck crashes, but driver error is one of the most common. Commercial truck drivers are on the road for many hours of their lives, and mistakes or errors in judgment are bound to happen. Some driver errors that cause harm to others include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Fatigued driving
  • Improper lane changes
  • Tailgating
  • Failure to yield

While most accidents are the result of driver error, some are not. Some additional potential causes of truck accidents include:

  • Improper cargo loading or securement
  • Inadequate truck maintenance or inspection
  • Conspicuity violations
  • Negligent hiring or supervision

Truck accident attorneys, like other personal injury attorneys, almost always work on a contingency fee basis. When a lawyer works on contingency, it means that they will only collect legal fees in the event that they secure compensation on your behalf. Any legal fee they collect will come out of your settlement or award as an agreed-upon percentage of your total compensation. Some lawyers charge different fees depending on when a case concludes. For example, the percentage fee may be lower if the case settles before a lawsuit is filed. You should always be sure that you fully understand any fee agreement before you sign it.

Under Florida Law, you have four years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. That said, you should bever wait to start your claim, and it is highly advisable to call a lawyer as soon as you can after a crash. If you wait, it could result in the loss or destruction of evidence that you need to win your case. In addition, when you do not have legal representation, you run the risk of saying or doing things that could have an adverse effect on your ability to obtain the compensation to which you are legally entitled.

Truck accidents differ from car accidents in a number of important ways. For one thing, the sheer size and weight of accidents involving commercial vehicles mean that the injuries and damage caused can be much more severe. Additionally, there are often more parties that could potentially be held liable in commercial truck accidents. Some examples include:

  • The trucking company
  • The truck manufacturer
  • The party that loaded the truck
  • The owner of the truck’s cargo
  • The company responsible for the maintenance of the truck

Because of these potential complications, it’s in your best interest to retain an attorney who focuses on truck accident litigation after you are hurt in a wreck. 

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in 2019, accidents involving medium and heavy trucks caused 35 fatalities, 139 incapacitating injuries, and 501 non-incapacitating injuries to drivers and passengers.

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Why More People Are Injured or Killed in Pedestrian Accidents Recently

Several factors seem to indicate that this disturbing trend is here to stay:

  • The rise in SUVs means that more drivers are traveling in heavier vehicles, causing more serious injury to passengers.
  • More motorists are driving distracted since they use their mobile devices behind the wheel. As a result, they miss seeing pedestrians in the crosswalks.
  • More people are moving into the urban core of their city and abandoning cars, meaning that there are more people walking.
  • There are more cars and trucks on the road than at any previous point in time.

Even having a crosswalk clearly marked is often not enough to protect pedestrians from an accident. Many motorists simply drive right through the crosswalk regardless of whether a pedestrian is trying to cross the street. Florida will hit drivers with a minimum fine of $164 and up to three points on their license for failure to stop at a crosswalk. However, even these penalties do not get all drivers to stop when legally required.

As dangerous as the United States is for pedestrians, Florida is even worse. The state has a death rate almost twice as high as the national average. Nationally, 1.55 pedestrians out of every 100,000 are killed each year. Florida has the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities in the country, with 2.73 out of every 100,00.

Injuries in a Pedestrian Accident Can Be Serious or Fatal

Because of the sheer size of the car that collides with a defenseless person, pedestrian injuries will likely be significant. Even if a person survives a pedestrian accident, they are likely facing serious bodily harm in the short and long term. Almost half of pedestrians involved in an accident will suffer an injury to their face, head, or neck. Common pedestrian accident injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and other neurological injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Fractured bones
  • Dislocated shoulders

No matter where you received medical treatment, you will need to have your injuries diagnosed and cared for before filing a claim or lawsuit. Even if you did not suffer critical injuries, very few pedestrians ever emerge from an accident unscathed.

If you have not yet sought medical treatment, you should do so in the immediate days after an accident. Otherwise, it would be difficult to recover money for your claim because you could not show that you were injured. Proving your injuries requires something in writing. Therefore, a full medical exam after an accident is a must. You would need a complete diagnostic check, even if you received treatment at the scene.

388CEDA’s Diagnostic and Treatment Services

As an injured pedestrian, you would need to show that you were both injured and that another driver was at fault for your injuries. At 388CEDA, we can help you with both parts of that process. Our board-certified doctors can examine and diagnose you. Resources include:

  • Telemedicine
  • Imaging services, including MRIs and computerized tomography
  • Orthopedic care from board-certified orthopedic physicians
  • Interventional medicine
  • Chiropractic care
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Interventional pain specialists

Then, we can recommend an aggressive attorney to you upon request. We work with a network of lawyers who help injured pedestrians recover the money that they legally deserve after an accident. Your attorney would help you file a claim with the insurance company and give your side of the story when liability is decided. If necessary, they can sue the driver in court if a reasonable settlement cannot be agreed upon.

Contact 388CEDA and We Can Recommend Attorneys Upon Request

When you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, there are numerous things to worry about, including mounting bills and your physical health. 388CEDA could help make your life easier as you seek to recover both physically and financially. Call us today at 1.800.388.CEDA as soon as possible, so our experienced team can get to work on your behalf. The less that you have to worry about after an accident, the more you can focus on getting better. One thing that you should not have to worry about is whether your legal rights are protected.

*388CEDA is not a law firm or an attorney referral service. 388CEDA does not provide legal advice, services, or legal representation to anyone including but not limited to visitors to this site or individuals/persons responding to our advertisements. In Florida, 388CEDA provides the following types of physician services: M.D., Orthopedic Surgeons, Anesthesiologists, General Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners, & D.C., Chiropractic Physicians that document and treat individuals that have suffered injuries. Results may vary and are not guaranteed. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call one of our agents at 388CEDA. We work with aggressive attorneys.

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Man Being Hit by Car

Why More People Are Injured or Killed in Pedestrian Accidents Recently

Several factors seem to indicate that this disturbing trend is here to stay:

  • The rise in SUVs means that more drivers are traveling in heavier vehicles, causing more serious injury to passengers.
  • More motorists are driving distracted since they use their mobile devices behind the wheel. As a result, they miss seeing pedestrians in the crosswalks.
  • More people are moving into the urban core of their city and abandoning cars, meaning that there are more people walking.
  • There are more cars and trucks on the road than at any previous point in time.

Even having a crosswalk clearly marked is often not enough to protect pedestrians from an accident. Many motorists simply drive right through the crosswalk regardless of whether a pedestrian is trying to cross the street. Florida will hit drivers with a minimum fine of $164 and up to three points on their license for failure to stop at a crosswalk. However, even these penalties do not get all drivers to stop when legally required.

As dangerous as the United States is for pedestrians, Florida is even worse. The state has a death rate almost twice as high as the national average. Nationally, 1.55 pedestrians out of every 100,000 are killed each year. Florida has the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities in the country, with 2.73 out of every 100,00.

Injuries in a Pedestrian Accident Can Be Serious or Fatal

Because of the sheer size of the car that collides with a defenseless person, pedestrian injuries will likely be significant. Even if a person survives a pedestrian accident, they are likely facing serious bodily harm in the short and long term. Almost half of pedestrians involved in an accident will suffer an injury to their face, head, or neck. Common pedestrian accident injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and other neurological injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Fractured bones
  • Dislocated shoulders

No matter where you received medical treatment, you will need to have your injuries diagnosed and cared for before filing a claim or lawsuit. Even if you did not suffer critical injuries, very few pedestrians ever emerge from an accident unscathed.

If you have not yet sought medical treatment, you should do so in the immediate days after an accident. Otherwise, it would be difficult to recover money for your claim because you could not show that you were injured. Proving your injuries requires something in writing. Therefore, a full medical exam after an accident is a must. You would need a complete diagnostic check, even if you received treatment at the scene.

388CEDA’s Diagnostic and Treatment Services

As an injured pedestrian, you would need to show that you were both injured and that another driver was at fault for your injuries. At 388CEDA, we can help you with both parts of that process. Our board-certified doctors can examine and diagnose you. Resources include:

  • Telemedicine
  • Imaging services, including MRIs and computerized tomography
  • Orthopedic care from board-certified orthopedic physicians
  • Interventional medicine
  • Chiropractic care
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Interventional pain specialists

Then, we can recommend an aggressive attorney to you upon request. We work with a network of lawyers who help injured pedestrians recover the money that they legally deserve after an accident. Your attorney would help you file a claim with the insurance company and give your side of the story when liability is decided. If necessary, they can sue the driver in court if a reasonable settlement cannot be agreed upon.

Contact 388CEDA and We Can Recommend Attorneys Upon Request

When you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, there are numerous things to worry about, including mounting bills and your physical health. 388CEDA could help make your life easier as you seek to recover both physically and financially. Call us today at 1.800.388.CEDA as soon as possible, so our experienced team can get to work on your behalf. The less that you have to worry about after an accident, the more you can focus on getting better. One thing that you should not have to worry about is whether your legal rights are protected.

*388CEDA is not a law firm or an attorney referral service. 388CEDA does not provide legal advice, services, or legal representation to anyone including but not limited to visitors to this site or individuals/persons responding to our advertisements. In Florida, 388CEDA provides the following types of physician services: M.D., Orthopedic Surgeons, Anesthesiologists, General Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners, & D.C., Chiropractic Physicians that document and treat individuals that have suffered injuries. Results may vary and are not guaranteed. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call one of our agents at 388CEDA. We work with aggressive attorneys.

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