Understanding Truck Accidents and the Statute of Limitations in Florida

Understanding Truck Accidents

There are countless big trucks on the road, traveling across the country every day of the year. More specifically, there are over 15.5 million of them transporting an array of goods throughout North America. This large presence of trucks throughout the country and the state of Florida makes it common for these trucks to be involved with passenger vehicles, often causing devastating consequences for the people in the vehicle.

Serious injuries caused by a truck accident can result in serious, lifelong pain, a huge financial burden, and life changes that can affect almost every aspect of a victim’s life. The bills associated with the accident can become overwhelming for a victim and make them feel as though they can’t cope and will never make them disappear.

Semi-Truck Accident Claims in the State of Florida

Even if you have insurance, you may still have a mountain of bills they are unable to pay. Also, victims without proper health coverage may face a financial catastrophe. It’s important to note that medical debt is the top reason people file bankruptcy in the U.S. This can take a financial toll on anyone.

However, according to Florida law, the victim can seek monetary compensation for the damages they have suffered because of the actions of a truck driver by filing a personal injury lawsuit. The total amount and the type of damages will vary based on the facts of the case. As a result, an injured person needs to contact an experienced attorney as soon after the incident as possible.

Statute of Limitations in a Semi-Truck Accident

If you want the court to even consider your lawsuit, you have to file it within four years of when the accident occurred, and the injuries took place. This is referred to as the statute of limitations. While you may feel as though this is a long time, don’t become complacent and allow this to slip by. This type of lawsuit is rather complex, and it is going to take time to prepare and to file, which means the sooner you hire an attorney, the better.

If you don’t file the lawsuit within the time period outlined by the statute of limitations, it won’t even be considered by the court – in fact, it will be dismissed, and you will have no way to legally recover damages for your injuries.

Finding the Right Attorney for the Truck Accident Claim

Remember, when you are involved in an accident with a large truck, there’s a good chance you are going to suffer life-changing injuries. This may also be the case for any passengers in your vehicle. Hiring an attorney is the best way to ensure that you are able to protect your rights and hold the truck driver, trucking company, or another entity liable.

Don’t wait to call for help. To learn more, contact Fetterman & Associates by calling 561-845-2510. Our legal team can provide you with the legal services that you need and ensure that you can recover the damages you have suffered.