"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
Palatka Truck Accident Attorney
Truck Accidents in Putnam County
When semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and other large commercial vehicles collide with smaller passenger cars, motorcycles, SUVs, and pickup trucks, the effects are catastrophic. Unfortunately, the occupants of the smaller vehicles are at a much higher risk of being severely injured or killed in these collisions.
If you or your loved one was involved in an accident with a large truck, it can be incredibly difficult to pick up the pieces. the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. is here to help you get back on your feet. At our Palatka office, we provide aggressive legal representation, coupled with compassionate client service, to residents of Putnam County and beyond. With over a century of combined legal experience, we understand what you are up against—and we know how to fight for the justice you are owed.
We offer free, no-obligation consultations and contingency fees, meaning you don’t owe anything unless we win your case. Call (855) 933-3881 today to learn more.
Damages in Truck Accident Claims
Because victims of truck accidents are likely to sustain catastrophic injuries, they are also likely to face many significant physical, emotional, and financial hardships in the wake of these accidents. Generally speaking, truck accident cases tend to involve considerable damages—meaning insurance companies will almost certainly fight back. It is in their best interests to avoid paying out high-value claims, so they will often do everything they can to dispute, devalue, or deny your claim. For this reason, it is important that you have an experienced attorney on your side.
At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., our Palatka truck accident lawyers can help you fight to recover compensation for all of your damages, possibly including (but not limited to):
- Emergency medical care
- Ambulance fees
- Surgeries and other treatments
- Medications and medical equipment
- Lost income/wages and other benefits
- Lost or reduced earning capacity
- Future medical expenses and lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.
- Lost quality of life
- Counseling services
The exact value of your case, as well as the specific damages you may be able to recover, will depend on the unique details of your situation. Our attorneys can discuss this with you during your free initial consultation and case evaluation.
Who Is Liable After a Truck Accident?
Truck accident claims are largely dependent on the issue of liability, just like any other motor vehicle accident case. However, unlike many standard car accident claims, determining who is liable for a truck accident is rarely straightforward.
Because truck drivers are usually “on the clock” when these crashes occur, their employers—the trucking companies—may be legally responsible under respondeat superior laws. These laws essentially state that employers can be held liable for the conduct of their employees. For victims, this means that you will likely file a claim against the trucking company, not the truck driver, even when the driver was the one who acted negligently.
However, truck drivers are not always at fault for these accidents. Sometimes, a third party’s negligence or wrongful conduct contributes to or causes an accident. When this is the case, injured victims may need to file a claim against that third party.
Depending on the specific details of the crash, any of the following people/parties could be partly or wholly liable for a truck accident:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The company that owns or leases the truck
- The person/party responsible for truck maintenance
- The person/party responsible for truck repairs
- An entity responsible for loading cargo
- The manufacturer of a defective vehicle/vehicle part
- A construction company that designed or built a defective roadway
- Another motorist who acted negligently or wrongfully
- A pedestrian or bicyclist who violated traffic laws or was negligent
Our Palatka truck accident lawyers work with a team of six in-house investigators to uncover how the accident occurred and who is liable. This allows us to gather appropriate evidence and effectively present your case to the insurance company and/or jury.
Call Now for a Free Consultation
If you were severely injured or if your loved one died due to a truck accident in Putnam County or the surrounding areas, the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. is ready to fight for you. We answer our phones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Reach out to us at any time to speak to a real, live person about your questions or concerns or to learn how to get started with a free consultation.
Call our office today at (855) 933-3881.