Your Rights in Trucking Accident Injury Cases
Florida Trucking Accident Lawyer, Dean Burnetti provides professional Trucking Accident and Injury Attorney legal services in Lakeland, Tampa, Sarasota, Ocala, and Central and West Central Florida.
Call 863.287.6388 or 813.287.6388 about your Trucking Accident Personal Injury legal needs in the Florida Counties of Polk, Hillsborough, Sarasota, Levy, Highlands, Hardee, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, and Manatee County.
If you were involved in a trucking accident in Florida, you have certain rights:
- You have the right to protect yourself against adverse legal consequences.
- You have the right not to admit fault or apologize at the accident scene. The police will gather evidence that will help in determining liability.
- You do not have the right to lie to law enforcement, but you do have to right to respond to their questions by only stating the facts and nothing more.
- You have the right under Florida law to be treated for injuries, which is why drivers in Florida are required to carry Personal Injury Protection (P.I.P.) insurance coverage.
- If your trucking accident-related injuries were caused by someone else, you have the right to seek full compensation from that party’s insurance company and/or to file a lawsuit against them.
If you hire an attorney after being injured in a trucking accident in Florida, you have certain rights that are governed by The Florida Bar, the organization that licenses and oversees the practice, behavior, and conduct of all Florida attorneys:
- You have the right to be represented by an attorney who is capable of handling your case.
- You have the right to be represented by an attorney who will represent you zealously and seek any lawful means to present or defend your case.
- You have the right to be represented by an attorney who will preserve your confidences, secrets, or statements which you reveal in the course of your relationship.
- You have the right to make the ultimate decision on the objectives to be pursued in your case.
- You have the right to be represented by an attorney who will charge a reasonable fee and tell you, in advance of being hired and upon your request, the basis of that fee.
- You have the right to be represented by an attorney who will show you courtesy and consideration at all times.
- You have the right to be represented by an attorney who will exercise independent professional judgment in your behalf, free from compromising influences.
- You have the right to be represented by an attorney who will inform you periodically about the status of your case and, at your request, give you copies of any documents prepared.
- You have the right to be represented by an attorney who will exhibit the highest degree of ethical conduct.
- You have the right to be represented by an attorney who will refer me to other legal counsel, if he or she cannot properly represent you.
- You have the right to talk with your lawyer about the proposed fee and to bargain about the rate or percentage as in any other contract. If you do not reach an agreement with one lawyer you have the right to talk with other lawyers.
- You have the right to cancel a contingency fee contract with any Florida lawyer without any reason as long as you notify your lawyer in writing within three (3) business days of signing the contract.
- You have the right to know about your lawyer’s education, training, and experience. If you ask, the lawyer should tell you specifically about his or her actual experience dealing with cases similar to yours. If you ask, the lawyer should provide information about special training or knowledge and give you this information in writing if you request it.
- You have the right to know whether your attorney intends to handle your case alone or whether other lawyers will be helping with the case.
- You have the right to know if your lawyer intends to refer the case to other lawyers what kind of fee sharing arrangement will be made with the other lawyers.
- You have the right to consult with each lawyer working on your case and each lawyer is legally responsible to represent your interests and is legally responsible for the acts of the other lawyers involved in the case.
- You have the right to know in advance how you will need to pay the expenses and the legal fees at the end of the case.
- You have the right to receive a reasonable estimate about future necessary costs from your lawyer.
- You have the right to decide, after consulting with your lawyer, how much money is to be spent to prepare your case.
- You have the right to be told by your lawyer about possible adverse consequences if you lose your case. Those adverse consequences might include money which you might have to pay to your lawyer for costs and liability you might have for attorney’s fees, costs, and expenses to the other side.
- You have the right to receive and approve a closing statement at the end of the case before you pay any money. The statement must list all of the financial details of the entire case, including the amount recovered, all expenses, and a precise statement of your lawyer’s fee.
- You have the right to ask your lawyer at reasonable intervals how your case is progressing and to have these questions answered to the best of your lawyer’s ability.
- You have the right to make the final decision regarding settlement of your case. Your lawyer must notify you of all offers of settlement before and after the trial. Offers during the trial must be immediately communicated and you should consult with your lawyer regarding whether to accept a settlement. However, you must make the final decision to accept or reject a settlement.
- If at any time, you believe that your lawyer has charged an excessive or illegal fee, you have the right to report the matter to The Florida Bar, the agency that oversees the practice and behavior of all lawyers in Florida.
If you were injured or if a loved one was killed in a trucking accident, you have the right to an experienced attorney who is knowledgeable in Florida law and familiar with your type of injuries. Dean Burnetti is such an attorney. Call Dean Burnetti Law at 863-287-6388 (Polk County) or 813-287-6388 (Hillsborough County) today to schedule your free consultation.
Call 863.287.6388 or 813.287.6388 today to schedule your free and confidential Trucking Accident Injury Legal Consultation with Central Florida Lawyer, Dean Burnetti.
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