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Lake City Truck Accident Lawyer

View of the Rear Wheels of an Overturned Truck on a Small Street in an AccidentIn the aftermath of a serious truck accident, navigating the claims process can prove daunting and overwhelming. Between dealing with pushy claims adjusters and understanding legalese, you might not know where to turn. That’s where Meldon Law steps in, offering unwavering legal support when you want it most.

A Lake City truck accident lawyer from our firm has one primary goal: recovering compensation for your past, present, and future injury-related losses. Backed by decades of legal experience, we’re committed to securing what you need and deserve.

Let’s start rebuilding your life together. Call (352) 373-8000 to learn more.

Expect Nothing But the Best From Our Lake City Truck Accident Lawyers

Our personal injury attorneys offer free case evaluations to potential clients. If we’re a good fit, we can break ground on your case immediately—all without charging anything upfront. That’s because we work on a contingency-fee basis; part of your settlement pays for our help.

Our legal team takes a multi-pronged approach to your case. To secure the best possible outcome, we intend to:

Investigate the Details of Your Truck Accident

To bolster your claim, we need evidence showing that another party’s negligence resulted in your accident and injuries. This involves:

  • Interviewing the drivers and passengers involved in the crash
  • Capturing eyewitness accounts
  • Reviewing CCTV footage and still images taken by those on the scene before, during, and after the accident
  • Noting the weather before and during the collision
  • Marking issues at the scene that could have affected driving, such as poor lighting, potholes, hidden traffic signs, or malfunctioning traffic lights
  • Consulting with accident reconstruction analysts
  • Gathering police and medical reports

Determine Liability

Based on the evidence collected during the investigation, we will identify the party or parties responsible for the accident. While a trucker may have caused the crash, we will likely file a claim with their employer’s insurance company. All trucking employers are vicariously liable for the accidents their drivers cause.

Calculate Your Losses

It’s hard to put a dollar figure on your case while lying in a hospital bed. There are many things to consider in your case’s value, including the nature of your condition and its effect on your life. Your Lake City truck accident lawyer will add up your bills, receipts, and invoices to determine your financial losses. They’ll employ other methods to learn what constitutes a fair settlement for pain and suffering.

File Your Claim and Negotiate a Settlement

Since 1971, we’ve resolved most of our personal injury cases through insurance settlements. That’s because we’re skilled negotiators who know how to navigate the claims process. Securing an out-of-court settlement requires:

  • Knowing the difference between fair settlements and unfair ones
  • Understanding the liable insurance policy
  • Having sufficient evidence
  • Managing communications with the insurer
  • Combating bad faith insurance practices

File a Lawsuit

There are some situations where a lawsuit might be necessary. We may initiate this legal action if:

  • The at-fault party didn’t carry insurance.
  • The insurer refuses to settle.
  • The liable policy doesn’t fully cover your losses.

New provisions under Florida law outline how long you have to file your case. Per HB 837, you generally have two years to file a lawsuit. This begins from the date of your truck accident, and the same two-year timeframe applies to wrongful death cases.

Your Financial Recovery Options After a Lake City Truck Accident

Although the state reduced the statute of limitations from four years to two years, many things about the claims process remain the same. For instance, Florida is still a no-fault state. This means, after a collision, you first file a claim with your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. At a minimum, this should cover:

  • Medical costs up to 80%
  • Lost wages and out-of-pocket expenses for things like childcare or care of the home up to 60%
  • $5,000 in death benefits

PIP follows you––not the vehicle. So, if you were driving a friend’s car when the collision happened, your PIP policy should still kick in.

What Happens if My Damages Go Beyond My PIP Coverage?

If your losses exceed the compensation available through your PIP, you could file a claim with the trucker’s liability coverage. However, this comes with many nuances that you could find challenging. That’s where Meldon Law lends a helping hand. We can navigate the claims process and help you understand your options. You don’t have to live with uncertainty during this challenging time. We’re here to provide reassurance and clarity.

Compensable Losses Following a Lake City Truck Accident

At this time, we can’t put an exact dollar value on your recoverable damages. We must first review your situation and understand the severity of your condition. When evaluating your case, we take a holistic approach. We consider how the accident affects your life, job, and day-to-day function. We also consider your mental health and comfort levels.

Whether through a settlement or court award, compensation could account for:

  • Medical expenses related to your injury, such as surgeries, prescriptions, travel to and from appointments, rehab, or assisted living
  • The repair or replacement of property damaged in the accident, including your vehicle
  • Lost wages, including tips, commissions, bonuses, benefits, and contracts
  • Loss of future earning capacity, if your injury affects your working ability
  • Pain and suffering and inconvenience
  • Emotional distress, anxiety, or depression
  • Loss of quality of life (if your injuries prevent you from participating in the activities you previously enjoyed)
  • Loss of consortium

During your free consultation, our Lake City truck crash attorneys will listen to the circumstances of the accident and discuss what comes next for your claim.

We Advocate for Grieving Families in Columbia County

We’re nearly at a loss for words if you lost a loved one. Our team offers its support through tangible legal action. We understand that compensation does little to alleviate your grief, but it’s a practical first step in moving forward.

Financial recovery through a Lake City truck accident case could include:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Loss of consortium
  • End-of-life care costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • The decedent’s lost income

We’ve Recovered Millions for Truck Accident Claimants Throughout Florida

Securing compensation for injured people isn’t a job; it’s a calling. Here are just some of our case results:

  • Our client, a bicyclist, was hit by a commercial truck. While many details of this case are confidential, we can share this: our lawyers recovered $3 million for our client’s losses.
  • Our clients were the parents of children hurt in a truck accident. They were exiting a school bus when a commercial truck collided with the vehicle. We secured $425,000 and $337,500 settlements.
  • Our client was rear-ended by a truck, resulting in cervical injuries and requiring SLAP surgery. We secured $135,000 in damages.

The outcomes of these cases may not reflect your case’s resolution. Yet, we believe they demonstrate our commitment to client satisfaction and success.

Listen to What Satisfied Clients Share About Meldon Law’s Lawyers

We get out of bed in the morning because of the positive feedback our clients share about our firm. Just read what a few have disclosed:

  • “I am pleased with the level of service and level of communication I’ve received so far from everyone at Meldon Law … I have recommended a couple people to them already and I know they will do everything they can to help people who without Meldon Law might not have been able to help themselves.” —E.B.
  • “My team with Meldon Law was awesome and were really helpful during a difficult time in my life. They showed how much they cared and took their time to explain the process to me. I’m happy I chose them to help me with my case.” —O.
  • “I go to Meldon Law for any legal advice that may come up. Everyone I have spoken to there has been extremely nice and helpful, and Jessica Thomason particularly has helped me with many questions over the years.” —K.T.P.

What Should I Do After a Truck Accident in Lake City?

Your next steps depend on many things, including your health, finances, and how long ago the accident happened. In general, we advise our clients to:

Seek Medical Care

Medical attention serves as the basis of your claim. Visiting a doctor shows that you suffered injuries, sought treatment, and have medical expenses. Meldon Law advocates for people who have suffered these and other life-altering conditions:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord trauma
  • Nerve damage
  • Avulsions
  • Internal bleeding

Refuse to Give a Recorded Statement

The trucking company’s insurer may ask for a recorded statement. Here’s a word of advice: don’t give one. Your lawyer can give the claims adjuster all the information they need to make an offer.

Partake in a Free Case Review

There’s no risk or obligation when discussing your case with Meldon Law. This conversation is an opportunity for you to ask questions and get answers. It also lends valuable insight into how you could benefit from partnering with our trial-certified team.

Connect With Our Lake City Truck Accident Lawyers Today

When you call, our truck accident lawyers will answer your questions and share your legal options. Dial (352) 373-8000 to get started.

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