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"Whether it's a whiplash, serious injury or wrongful death case, we pride ourselves on representing you with the personal service and aggressive representation that you expect and deserve!" -Attorney Ron Sholes​

Jacksonville Truck Accident Attorney

Truck Accidents in Duval County

Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in large truck accidents in the United States. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 45 people were killed and another 839 were injured (with as many as 1,374 non-confirmed but possible injuries occurring) in light and heavy truck collisions in Florida in 2018 alone.

If you or someone you love was involved in a crash with a semi-truck or tractor-trailer, you already know how devastating these accidents are. What you may not realize, however, is that you could be entitled to financial compensation for all of your economic and non-economic damages, including your current and future medical expenses, current and future lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Contact the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. at (855) 933-3881 to learn more during a free, confidential consultation with one of our Jacksonville truck accident attorneys.

How Do Large Truck Accidents Happen?

Most commercial drivers, including large truck operators, are highly skilled, trained professionals. However, just like anyone else, they are also prone to human error. Accidents often occur when truck drivers make honest mistakes or act carelessly, recklessly, or negligently.

But truck drivers are not always to blame for these accidents. Often, unsafe (and unlawful) trucking company practices contribute to or cause collisions. In other instances, poorly maintained vehicles or defective truck parts can play a critical role in a devastating crash.

Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Distracted driving, including texting, looking at a GPS, or eating while driving
  • Inexperienced truck drivers
  • Speeding, including excessive speeds and driving too fast for weather conditions
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Fatigued driving/falling asleep at the wheel
  • Hours-of-service violations (often resulting from unrealistic deadlines/quotas)
  • Traffic law violations, including failure to yield, unlawful passing, etc.
  • Overloaded or unevenly loaded cargo
  • Negligent supervision or hiring
  • Lack of sufficient training
  • Improper or insufficient truck maintenance and/or repairs
  • Defective vehicles/vehicle parts
  • Defective roadway design and/or construction

At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we work with a team of six in-house investigators to accurately determine how an accident occurred. This is critical, as it allows our Jacksonville truck accident lawyers to identify the liable party and build the strongest possible claim on your behalf.

What Makes Truck Accidents So Complex?

Truck accident cases are far more complex than standard car accident or motorcycle accident claims. One of the main reasons for this is the issue of liability.

In a typical motor vehicle accident claim, injured individuals can either turn to their personal injury protection (PIP) coverage and seek compensation for their medical expenses and lost wages through the state’s no-fault system, or they can go outside this system and sue the at-fault party directly for damages. To do the latter, the plaintiff (the person bringing the claim) will need to prove that their injuries meet Florida’s “serious injury” threshold and that the other party was at least partly to blame for the accident.

After a crash with a large semi-truck or 18-wheeler, most victims will suffer severe, catastrophic injuries, allowing them to go outside the no-fault system to recover compensation. In a truck accident case, however, liability is not always tied directly to fault. Like other employers, trucking companies can often be held liable for the conduct of their employees (i.e., truck drivers). When a truck driver causes an accident, therefore, the injured party may be able to bring a claim against the trucking company.

However, trucking companies are not always liable for their drivers’ actions. When truck drivers violate company policies, trucking companies may argue that they cannot be held responsible for such conduct. Additionally, some truck crashes are caused not by the actions of the driver or its employer but due to other outside factors. These might include defective parts created by a manufacturer, poor vehicle repairs carried out by a third-party repair shop, or even the negligence of another motorist on the road.

Why You Need an Attorney for Your Truck Accident Case

The law does not require you to hire a personal injury attorney to bring a truck accident claim. However, due to the many complexities inherent in these types of cases, we strongly recommend that you seek the guidance of a skilled legal team to significantly improve the likelihood of a successful outcome.

At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., our Jacksonville truck accident attorneys are prepared to help you with every detail of your case, including but not limited to:

  • Helping you find and obtain proper medical care
  • Investigating the accident to determine how it happened and who is liable
  • Gathering and submitting all relevant evidence and witness statements
  • Handling all communication with the insurance company
  • Negotiating with the insurance company for a fair settlement
  • Preparing litigation and taking your case to trial if necessary

Throughout the process, we will remain consistently accessible to you. We even provide our clients with our attorneys’ personal cell phone numbers so that they can get in touch with them when they need them most. We answer calls to our firm 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and you will always reach a real, live person when you contact us.

Get Started with a Free Consultation

Getting back on your feet after a devastating truck accident or the loss of a loved one can be an uphill battle—but you don’t have to do it on your own. We invite you to reach out to our Jacksonville office at your earliest convenience to learn how we can help you with your case. There are no out-of-pocket expenses and no attorneys’ fees unless/until we recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf.

Contact us online or by phone at (855) 933-3881 today to request a complimentary consultation and case evaluation.

Why Hire Us

  • No Fees Unless We Win

    We work on a contingent basis, which means you do not pay a dime unless we make a recovery.

  • Maximizing Your Recovery

    Navigating a personal injury claim is like a chess match. It's about determination, commitment, and a will to win! We don’t just talk about maximizing claims and delivering results, we do it!

  • Personal Service

    We have a team of client care specialists and an owner that demands every client be treated like family. This means frequent contact and updates by the legal team to help put your mind at ease.

  • Legal Advice & Counsel

    We understand the importance of providing you sound legal advice and counsel throughout the claims process. Our attorneys and support staff communicate with you about your health and your claim throughout the process.

  • Experienced Legal Team

    Our team includes over 20 attorneys with over 200 years of combined experience, numerous investigators and medical staff, and more than 100 professional support staff.

  • Convenient Locations

    We’re your neighborhood law firm, not a downtown law firm. With fully staffed offices in several Northeast Florida counties and Jacksonville offices in Arlington, Northside, Westside, and Southside, we’re here for you!

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Call The Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. at 855-WE-FIGHT or fill out and submit our online contact form to request a free initial consultation today. We look forward to hearing your story and sharing how we can help you get back on your feet.

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