That's why you should never try handle a truck accident claim without the help of an experienced truck accident attorney. Pajcic & Pajcic has decades of experience handling truck accidents in the greater Jacksonville area, and our case results – including a historic $1 billion verdict in a fatal truck accident – speak for themselves. If the negligence of a truck driver, or his or her company, caused your accident, we'll fight to hold them accountable.
Why truck accidents are so complicated
Accidents involving large commercial trucks are usually more complicated than those involving passenger vehicles. Oftentimes, these accidents involve more than two parties, multiple insurance companies, and a host of attorneys, adjusters and investigators. In order to protect themselves, trucking companies will launch an investigation within hours of the accident. They'll use their own team of investigators and adjusters, who will often produce results in their favor.
Due to the sheer size and weight of large commercial trucks, they often pose a major liability to insurance companies. In fact, a single truck accident can cost insurance companies millions of dollars in damages. For this reason, truck companies pay very high premiums for liability coverage. In order to protect their assets, insurance companies will do whatever they can to avoid paying the costly damages caused by truck accidents.
Why you need an attorney
Dealing with insurance companies after a truck accident can be very difficult, since the cab, trailer and cargo are often insured separately. If more than one passenger vehicle was affected by the truck accident, multiple insurance companies can be involved. In order to ward off multiple claims, trucking companies and their insurance providers may agree to offer a small sum of money to each crash victim. But the meager settlements offered by insurance companies are never enough to cover the full cost of recovery.
Our legal team investigates your truck accident to find out what really happened. We take legal action to gain access to important evidence, including:
- Event data recorder information – The event data recorder is the truck’s “black box” that records information about speed, braking, acceleration and steering patterns. It can provide insight into the operation of the truck just before the crash.
- Hours of Service (HOS) logs – Federal regulations place limits on the number of hours a driver can spend behind the wheel. Drivers are also required to take regular breaks. They must keep a log of their hours of service, which is usually done electronically.
- Maintenance records – Trucking companies are required to keep the trucks in their fleet maintained and to make any needed repairs promptly.
- Employment records – Trucking companies must make sure the drivers they hire are qualified and have good driving records.
Our lawyers know how to build strong cases built on facts that insurance companies have to take seriously. These cases can take time to resolve, as insurance companies will do their best to limit your compensation. But we are in this for the long haul. We will guide you through the legal process every step of the way. We’re committed to helping you recover the financial compensation you deserve – either through a negotiated settlement with the insurance company or litigation.
The burden of medical expense, loss of wages and suffering caused by a truck accident can take a toll on your life. But you deserve better. If you have been injured in a truck accident in Jacksonville or the surrounding area, you should take your claim seriously from the start. Take photos, speak to witnesses and obtain a police report if you can. Always seek immediate medical attention, even if no injury symptoms are present.
Never accept a settlement from a trucking company or their insurance provider without talking to an experienced lawyer first. Contact Pajcic & Pajcic for a free case evaluation, or simply call our Jacksonville office at 904-358-8881. Your case matters to us. We can review the details of your truck accident and go over your legal options for recovering compensation. We can also answer any questions you have.