A Truck Accident Lawyer Fighting for Victims


Moving goods across the country quickly and safely is what keeps our grocery stores stocked, restaurants running, and shops at the local mall full of inventory. However, when the trucks we depend on to deliver goods are involved in accidents, the fallout can be catastrophic and, in many cases, deadly. There are both state and federal laws that govern the trucking industry, and truck accident lawyer Joseph C. Miller's understanding of these laws can identify when negligence on the part of drivers or trucking companies causes an accident. Dunlap Ravis & Miller in Jacksonville, FL is a personal injury firm equipped to help trucking accident victims collect the compensation they deserve.

What To Do after an Accident

If you have been in an accident with a truck, you should:

  • Check for injuries to yourself, your passengers, and others involved.
  • Call for immediate medical attention.
  • Get the names and phone numbers of all witnesses and make a note of the trucking company involved. Get the tag number and any DOT information for the truck.
  • Take pictures of the accident scene, your personal injuries, and the damage to your vehicle.
  • Make notes about the time of day, the direction each vehicle was going, whether it was a rainy day, and the time and place of the accident.
  • Get the name of the other driver and the name of their insurance agent.
  • Do not admit fault.

When you sit down with an attorney after the accident, it is important to provide as much detail as possible. Taking notes while at the scene (or as soon as possible afterward) keeps the events fresh in your memory.  The more detailed you are, the better your attorney can negotiate or argue on your behalf in pursuit of a settlement or personal injury case.

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Following these simple guidelines after a trucking accident can mean the difference between collecting maximum compensation and having to shoulder the burden of your losses on your own.

Common Types of Truck Accidents

Some of the most common types of trucking accident are:

  • Jackknifing, in which the back end of the truck comes to rest at a 90-degree angle to the cab. When this sweeping motion takes place, any vehicle in the path of the truck will be damaged or destroyed.
  • Head-on collisions, which are often caused by driver inattention or speeding.
  • A rear-end collision, which is typically the result of a trucker following too closely.

A large commercial truck can also experience equipment failure, causing an accident. Regardless of the type of trucking accident, victims usually suffer life-changing injuries and may require extensive medical care or long-term rehabilitative services.

Determining Liability

In some ways, determining liability for a truck accident is similar to determining who is at fault in a car accident. Testimony is taken from witnesses and the accident scene will need to be examined. But in trucking accident cases, an extra layer of investigation is needed to look into whether industry regulations were met. Truckers are required to log hours, perform routine maintenance, and adhere to laws specifically designed for safety in the industry.

How A Lawyer Can Help

It is imperative to put your case in the hands of a truck accident attorney who understands trucking industry regulations. Issues regarding insurance, the weight of the load, the operation and maintenance records, training and supervision, and ownership of the truck all have to be examined. Joseph Miller is an attorney in Jacksonville who can examine every aspect of your case in order to determine who is liable and how that party's negligence will affect you for the rest of your life. He can pursue compensation for your immediate medical care, ongoing care, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. If a settlement cannot be reached, he is not afraid to take your case to court.

Contact Us

If you have been in an accident involving a truck, we can help. Mr. Miller has practiced for over 15 years, and takes cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you do not pay unless and until he helps you collect. Contact our Jacksonville firm today online, or at (904) 358-2020.

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