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  • Who can be sued in an 18-wheeler or semi-truck case in Florida?

    Many different parties can be sued following an accident with an 18-wheeler of semi-truck. It all depends on who is at fault. This could be the driver, the driver’s employer, the owner of the vehicle, the shipper, the trucking company, the company receiving the goods, or even a maintenance company that worked on the vehicle. Determining who is responsible after an accident is very complicated so hiring an experienced truck accident lawyer is very important to ensure you receive the greatest potential benefits.

  • What is the purpose of the accident claims adjuster at the scene of an 18-wheeler or semi-truck accident?

    Claims adjusters arrive on the scene of an accident to conduct an investigation and gather evidence about the accident for the trucking company’s insurance. The purpose of the claims adjuster, then, is to gather evidence that can limit your claim with the trucker’s insurance company after an accident. It is important that you hire an experienced attorney to conduct an independent investigation. Do not rely on the information gathered by a claims adjuster to represent your best interests.

  • How are damages determined for serious physical injuries or death in an 18-wheeler or semi-truck accident?

    The ultimate goal in compensating the victim in a semi-truck accident is restitution – to return them to their state before the accident occurred. After a debilitating accident it may be impossible to completely restore a person’s health, working capacity, and psychological state. Truck accident damages are determined in two categories – economic and non-economic. Examples of economic damages that are compensable from the at-fault driver are medical bills, lost wages, and lost earning capacity. Non-economic damages are hard to estimate and can include the emotional and psychological toll on the victim of a traumatic accident involving an 18-wheeler or semi-truck.

  • I was in an accident and the other vehicle was a semi-truck. What do I do now?

    First and foremost, seek medical treatment for your injuries. Also, contact a truck accident attorney . The trucking company will have experienced attorneys and insurance adjusters who want to limit your claim as much as possible. They are not acting in your best interest. Often times, accidents with semi-trucks are caused by fatigue on the part of the truck driver. This is negligence and you are entitled to compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.

  • I was hit by a commercial vehicle and their insurance company wants a statement from me. Do I have to give one?

    No you are not required to give a statement to the commercial vehicle’s insurance company. Actually, it is normally not in your best interest to give a statement to the insurance provider of the commercial vehicle before talking to a truck accident attorney.

  • Can truck drivers use hand-held cell phones when driving?

    No, as of January 2012 all commercial drivers are prohibited from using phones not equipped with a hands-free device. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration amended passed “Final Rule: Drivers of CMVs: Restricting the Use of Cellular Phones”, prohibiting truck drivers from:

    • holding a cell phone to conduct a voice communication
    • dialing a cell phone by pressing more than a single button
    • reaching for a cell phone in an unacceptable and unsafe manner
    Drivers who violate the rule can face a federal fine of up to $2,750 and have their commercial driver license revoked after multiple offenses. 

  • How are traffic accidents involving 18-wheeler and semi-trucks different from accidents involving passenger cars in Florida?

    Accidents involving 18 wheeler and semi-trucks are typically much more catastrophic than accidents between comparably-sized cars. A fully loaded commercial truck can weigh over 80,000 pounds while the typical car weighs only about 3,000 pounds. The laws of physics dictate that a collision with a large truck can be disastrous, often resulting in serious injuries or fatalities. Also, semi-trucks may carry dangerous or hazardous materials that may compound the severity of the accident.

  • I'm still working, but my disability prevents me from earning enough money. Do I qualify for benefits?

    In 2010, a person making less than $1000 per month is not engaging in "substantial gainful activity." If their condition is expected to last at least 12 months, they can apply for disability benefits. Individuals who are working and disabled might have a harder time getting benefits, but they should apply as soon as they qualify. 

    The Coye Law Firm wants to help you win benefits after your first application. Call our offices to speak with an attorney who can schedule you for a free consultation and guide you to a successful claim.


  • I won't need benefits for about 2 months. Can I wait to apply then?

    Don't wait to apply for benefits. The application and decision process takes a lot of time, and you might not even be approved for benefits immediately. Apply for benefits as soon as you qualify.

    The Coye Law Firm wants to help you win benefits after your first application. Call our offices to speak with an attorney who can schedule you for a free consultation and guide you to a successful claim.


  • Can I apply for veterans disability benefits online?

    Yes. The Department of Veterans Affairs has an online application system called VONAPP . Information on the application and links to helpful pages are available at their web site.

    The Coye Law Firm wants to help you win benefits after your first application. Call our offices to speak with an attorney who can schedule you for a free consultation and guide you to a successful claim.