For some, seeing a truck on the road is commonplace and expected. For others, it can be intimidating. If you’ve been in a trucking accident, it can be downright terrifying. When it comes to being in an accident with a truck, there can be multiple long-term ramifications that aren’t always immediately obvious. Truckers know this, so they keep a lawyer on retainer, but the average motorist might not have a Miami truck accident lawyer. Miami is an incredibly fast-paced area, including on the roads. What happens when that fast pace leads to injuries and accidents?
Fighting for a Professional Trucking License
When a motorist gets into an accident with a truck or semi, it isn’t the same as getting into an accident with someone just out for a Sunday drive. Truckers face the risk of losing their license, which means losing their income. Therefore, they often fight harder than the average motorist to try and avoid the loss of their license and job. It isn’t something you should take personally, but it is an important factor to keep in mind. In order to keep their license and/or job, truckers may have to prove that the other motorist is at fault. If that happens, it could be just the beginning of your legal and financial problems.
Don’t Battle Insurance and Trucking Companies Alone
No insurance company wants to pay the price of an accident involving a semi-truck. The cost of repairs alone may exceed anything they want to tackle. For the trucker, increased rates due to an accident could mean a significant loss of income or even a loss of employment since as a result, many companies simply won’t deal with a trucker who is high-risk. Trucking companies know it’s a lot to handle and will even try to offer a large settlement up front to convince you it’s enough to avoid the hassle of proceeding. To prevent this from happening and to ensure adequate compensation, you need to hire a Miami truck accident lawyer who has a significant history in dealing with truck collision cases.
On top of all this, you also have to handle repair and replacement of your own vehicle. If you lose the case, you may be facing those costs alone. Couple those costs with the expenses you might face dealing with the trucker’s insurance provider, and the whole thing can become financially overwhelming. In trucking accidents, you will most likely be forced to deal with many companies – from the trucking company to the insurance company. It is important that you have a law office such as Lavent Law, which only represents people and not companies, and only has your best interests in mind, behind you.
Long-Term Health Concerns
When it comes down to a semi-truck and the average vehicle, there is no contest. The truck is much larger, much more powerful, can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, and may have a significant load that multiplies the weight of the impact. A motorist doesn’t stand a chance. Aside from addressing immediate injuries, there is the very real possibility that there are going to be long-term health concerns. Even one broken bone can lead to the body absorbing fragments later in places that may limit mobility, and completely change your life from your ability to work to your ability to play with your children or grandchildren.
Your mental health is also a consideration. How long will it take to be able to drive on the road without going into a panic when you see a truck? Some motorists simply can’t drive after a trucking accident because they understandably, become paralyzed with fear. It is even possible that a passenger or driver has died in the accident, and the living motorist must deal with the trauma for the rest of his or her life. It shouldn’t be up to the motorist to face these issues alone, and without some type of financial assistance. Boris Lavent is a talented trucking lawyer familiar with the process who can manage your case for you and make sure you get the help you deserve.
From battling the insurance and trucking companies, to the financial consequences of immediate damages to the long-term physical and mental damages, a trucking accident is too much to attempt alone, and you don’t have to. The only one who knows what it might actually cost in the end is a qualified Miami truck accident lawyer. Miami is one of the best cities in the country to live in; there isn’t any reason you should lose out on any part of it due to an accident with a semi-truck. If you or your loved one has been involved in an accident with a truck, Lavent Law can help you through it. Please call our office immediately at 305-440-0450 to get started.