Choosing a Truck Accident Lawyer: What to Look For

If you’ve suffered an injury in a truck accident, you’re probably going through a lot of stress and confusion. You know you weren’t to blame, and someone owes you money for your medical bills and other expenses. But you’re not sure how to go about getting that money. Choosing a truck accident lawyer can be stressful, but The Eberst Law Firm is ready to help. Our firm has the skill and resources it takes to help clients obtain the compensation they deserve for someone else's negligence. Truck accidents continue to rise in Florida, and people are suffering throughout the state. We have a team of attorneys who know how to handle all of the complexities involved in this kind of case and how to take on huge insurance companies and defeat them. Here are some tips for finding the best truck accident lawyer for your specific case. If you want a free consultation from The Eberst Law Firm, you can contact us online or call us at 1-888-CALL-JON. 1. Experience Winning High Settlements The most critical factor in choosing a truck accident lawyer is results. What kind of track record does the firm have in cases like yours? Getting the results...

Drug Use Among Truck Drivers Causes Accidents

Truck Driver Drug Use and Accident Risk Truck drivers are known to struggle with a number of issues that accompany their difficult lifestyle. The trucking life is not for everybody and it definitely shows. Semi-truck drivers are much more likely to suffer from serious health issues such as obesity, diabetes, alcoholism, and addiction to drugs. These health issues, especially addiction to drugs, make semi-truck accidents significantly more likely to occur. Truck drivers turn to substance abuse for a number of reasons related to the trucking lifestyle, and they all hurt both truck drivers and the people they share the road with. Which Drugs do Semi-Truck Driver’s Use? Truck drivers must operate their vehicles for exceptionally long amounts of time in which they are seated and staring at the same road view stretching on continuously. This has a way of wearing a person down and leading them to seek respite in a number of different vices. Some of the drugs that semi-truck drivers turn to as a result of their job’s conditions include: Cannabis The most common drug that is used amongst truckers is Cannabis, more commonly known as marijuana or weed. The usage of cannabis amongst semi-truck drivers has become even more prevalent since...

Common Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents

Semi Truck Accident Common Causes Semi-truck accidents have the potential to cause unprecedented levels of damage on the road to drivers simply trying to make their commute. One of the most terrifying things about semi-truck accidents is how easily they can happen. All it takes is a single mistake for a semi-truck to start an accident that can severely injure and possibly kill several people. These semi-truck accidents happen with terrifying speed and intensity after the first domino falls. There are some mistakes and issues that lead to a semi-truck accident occurring more than others. Those that have been involved in a semi-truck accident will have likely suffered some significant injuries. It is not unusual for victims of a semi-truck accident to survive the ordeal only to have to contend with a newfound disability, immense mental trauma, as well as being placed in dire financial trouble because of massive medical expenses, and lost wages. Luckily semi-truck accident victims can recover compensation for their injuries when they file a semi-truck accident injury claim against a negligent party that is liable for their actions. These semi-truck accident claims can often be complex affairs where no two are ever the same. Your case will have a...

Motor Vehicle Accidents Caused by Truck Blind Spot

Truck accidents occur on a far too regular basis on Florida highways. Unfortunately, truck drivers often engage in dangerous behaviors that increase the risk of a potentially fatal collision with a passenger car. One of the most common is failing to check their blind spot before trying to change lanes. When a car is traveling by a huge semi-truck, and that truck suddenly changes lanes with no warning, the results can be catastrophic. If this has happened to you or someone you love, you need to get in touch with the skilled truck accident attorneys at The Eberst Law Firm as fast as you can. We will get to work investigating why the accident took place, and collect the evidence needed to make your case as strong as possible. We’ll work to obtain a fair settlement on your behalf, but we’ll also be more than ready to take the case to court if necessary. You can speak with one of our attorneys by calling 1-888-CALL-JON or using our convenient online contact form for a free consultation. [caption id="attachment_2628" align="alignnone" width="900"] Cape Town, South Africa - February 17, 2022: Door and side mirror of MAN Trucks Brand Semi Tractor[/caption] Understanding Semi-Truck Blind Spots Every vehicle has a blind spot...

Defective Parts as a Cause of Truck Accidents

Truck accidents in Florida continue to rise. One of the reasons this is happening is that trucking companies, as well as truck drivers, are under more pressure than ever to make their deliveries on time. When they cut corners, such as failing to properly maintain their equipment, accidents are inevitable. Another reason, however, is that manufacturers will sometimes produce defective products that can fail at the absolute worst time. This can lead to a horrible collision. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a defective part, The Eberst Law Firm is ready to help. Our firm has a team of truck accident attorneys who will do everything they possibly can to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Please use our online form or give us a call at 1-888-CALL-JON for a free consultation to learn more. Semi-Truck Accidents Caused by Mechanical Failure or a Defective Part It can be unnerving enough to have to share the road with an 80,000-pound commercial truck. When a motorist notices that a tire on a truck has blown out, or it can’t stop because the brakes have failed, that can be terrifying. There are a lot of reasons that truck accidents occur. Most of the time, it’s because a truck driver violated Federal...

Why Are Truck Accidents Increasing in Florida?

Truck accidents are not only incredibly dangerous. But they’re also incredibly costly for victims who suffer severe, debilitating injuries. Unfortunately, these devastating collisions continue to increase in number. Fatal trucking accidents in Florida jumped by 4% in 2020 compared to 2019. And trucking accident deaths have increased by nearly 40% in the last decade. In 2020, 344 Floridians lost their lives – the third-highest total in the United States. Why is this happening? As you might expect, there are a number of factors that seem to be playing a role. If you or a loved one has been severely hurt in an accident caused by a large truck, the attorneys with The Eberst Law Firm are ready to help. We will walk you through the process of getting what you deserve for your truck accident. And we’ll do everything we can to help achieve a positive outcome on your behalf. Please contact us online or call 1-888-CALL-JON as soon as you can to learn more about what we might be able to do for you. In the meantime, here are a few of the factors that have contributed to an increase in truck accidents on Florida’s highways. An Increase in Truck Deliveries Because of COVID-19 Anyone who visited a grocery store during the height...

Trucker Hours of Service Law and How it Impacts Personal Injury Claims

While truck accidents lead to horrible consequences, what’s even worse about these collisions is the fact that, in many instances, they’re entirely preventable. Truckers often cause devastating injuries and deaths because they push themselves too hard, and decide to drive while severely fatigued. Even though truckers are well aware of federal laws that are designed to stop fatigued driving, they often ignore those rules. In some cases, however, the trucking company is to blame for ordering drivers to continue to stay behind the wheel. Whoever is to blame, the attorneys with The Eberst Law Firm know how to investigate trucking accidents and determine who is at fault. If you’ve suffered an injury in a trucking accident caused by a violation of FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) hours of service rules, please get in touch with us for a free consultation. You can give us a call at 888-CALL-JON, or you can contact us online. What is the Hours of Service Rule? In an effort to reduce instances of fatigued driving, the FMCSA imposed hours of service limits on commercial truckers. These rules cover the number of hours truckers can be behind the wheel. Here’s a quick look at the weekly and daily hours limits, as well...

5 Reasons Insurance Companies Refuse to Settle Truck Accident Claims

Truckers often engage in dangerous behaviors that can greatly increase the risk of an accident. When an accident happens, the results can be catastrophic for vehicle drivers and their passengers. Victims of injuries sometimes have to deal with the consequences of those injuries for the rest of their lives. Trying to obtain compensation for injuries suffered in a trucking accident can be incredibly complex. You won’t just be going up against one insurance company – you might encounter several, including the trucking company’s carrier, the insurer of the company that loaded the truck, and possibly even the carrier of the truck’s manufacturer. All of these insurance companies will work against you at every turn in an effort to deny you the compensation you deserve. That’s why it will be essential you have the help of an experienced truck accident attorney. It will be your best – and possibly only – chance of being able to get the money you need to cover lost wages, medical bills and other expenses. The Eberst Law Firm will be ready if you’ve been hurt in a trucking accident caused by another party’s negligence. We have the skill and experience it takes to deal with the tactics insurance...

Truck Driver vs Trucking Company Liability Explained

An accident involving a semi-truck can be complicated, at least when it comes to determining who was at fault and what parties are liable for any damage or injuries that occur. There are some instances where the driver of the truck is to blame, of course, but there are others circumstances where another party’s negligence, like the trucking company, will lead to a wreck. Determining liability is just one of the many reasons why you’ll need to get the help of an experienced attorney if you’ve been hurt in a trucking accident. Eberst Law has a team of attorneys who have a deep understanding of truck accidents. We’re ready to put our experience, as well as our track record of success, to work for you. [Learn more: How Hiring a Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help Your Claim] Schedule a free consultation as soon as you can by giving us a call at 888-Call-Jon or contacting us online. When is a Truck Driver Liable for an Accident? When a truck driver causes an accident with a passenger vehicle, the truck driver’s insurance will be pursued for any damages they cause. This usually includes medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and other losses. If the driver was...

What Types of Insurance are Truck Drivers/Companies Required to Carry?

If you’ve suffered a serious injury due to the negligence of a truck driver, you’re going to want to obtain compensation for not only tangible expenses, such as medical bills, but so-called “non-economic” damages as well, such as pain and suffering. Your best chance of doing so will be to obtain money from the insurer that covers the trucking company. Truck drivers, as well as trucking companies, are required by law to carry insurance – these policies typically pay much more than those that cover passenger vehicles. While you would think insurers would do the right thing and make you a fair settlement offer. Unfortunately, that usually doesn’t happen. More than likely, you’re going to need to hire a truck accident attorney to fight for your rights. The Eberst Law Firm has a long track record of not only protecting our clients’ rights, but also helping them obtain the money they deserve. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 888-CALL-JON or contact us online. We’ll give you a free consultation and let you know exactly how we may be able to help. The following are examples of the kinds of insurance coverage trucking companies and drivers must have. Minimum Liability Coverage Every person who operates a motor...

Severe Injuries Associated with Pedestrian and Semi-Truck Accidents

A collision between a huge semi-truck and a car can have horrible enough consequences. But when a truck hits a pedestrian, the results are typically catastrophic – oftentimes, fatal. Florida is a beautiful state, one where people love to take a walk and enjoy the sunshine. If that walk turns tragic, it will be imperative for the victim, or the victim’s family, to pursue compensation. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident involving a semi-truck, please get in touch with The Eberst Law Firm, P.A. as soon as possible. We will provide you with a free consultation to let you know how we may be able to help. You can give us a call at 888-CALL-JON or use our online form. Why Are Semi-Trucks so Dangerous? The sheer size of a semi-truck makes it incredibly dangerous. These mammoth vehicles can easily weigh 80,000 pounds (40 tons) when fully loaded. When one of these huge trucks hits a pedestrian, that person will be incredibly lucky to survive. Unfortunately, in most cases they don’t. Florida Pedestrian Laws and Truck Accidents According to Florida law, a pedestrian is defined as a person who walks close to traffic, or walks on the side...

Calculating Pain and Suffering Compensation After a Truck Accident

When a huge truck hits a car, the truck always wins. After all, tractor-trailers can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds – that’s 40 tons. This type of collision can obviously lead to incredibly severe physical injuries. But they can also result in years of mental anguish as well. Victims of truck driver negligence can obtain compensation not only for their physical pain, but their mental suffering as well. If you are experiencing pain and suffering after a truck accident, please don’t hesitate to contact The Eberst Law Firm. We know how to recover pain and suffering compensation for our clients, and we have an extensive track record of success doing just that. Use our online form or call 888-CALL-JON for a free consultation. What is Pain and Suffering Compensation? Emotional pain can be just as debilitating as an injury. When this pain is caused by someone else’s negligence, such as a truck driver, that falls into the category of pain and suffering. This is the loss of happiness, comfort, or opportunities as a result of the accident. A lot of people roll their eyes at the very concept of pain and suffering – until it happens to them. It’s hard to look past the tangible aspects...