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        Excellent experience with very good results, I am very happy and satisfied with the Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz law firm I, especially Mr. Christopher Smith who at all times during the process of my case was very honest, correct and efficient. I highly recommend this firm and this attorney because they really made a big difference to the results in my case.

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        Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz, PA was the only law firm who would take our car accident case. Andrea Pleimling Smith was very thorough, explained everything in a very detailed fashion, and was easy to reach when questions arose. She kept us informed every step of the way. Without her, we would have suffered a severe financial loss due to an accident which was not our fault. Florida’s No Fault law is terrible and very unfair. Andrea and her team were very helpful in recouping all of the money we were required to spend!

        Karen and David B.


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        Thank you again for everything you did for me. Your compassion and concern was greatly appreciated. I have all the faith in the world with you by my side. If ever I know someone who needs an attorney, I will recommend your office. Everyone I had dealings with was very professional. Good job.

        Terri D.


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        We have used Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz in the past and presently and they always provide great customer service. They are very knowledgeable and thorough in their representation and always go the extra mile to make sure we’re represented fairly. Highly recommend!

        Nick A.

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        Southwest Florida Truck Accident Lawyers

        Serving Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, Lee County, Naples, Collier County,  Port Charlotte, and Charlotte County, FL

        When drivers are over worked, terrible accidents can occur. The conditions in which truck drivers operate under are not ideal. Truck accidents are one of the scariest types of accidents on the highways.

        If you are here reading this today, you likely already know how horrible these accidents can be. You may be in rough shape after being involved in a truck accident. The injuries you suffer might be debilitating. You could have huge life changes because of the accident. Nothing about being a victim of a truck accident is easy.

        Our Southwest Florida truck accident lawyers are here to guide you through your claim. We would like to get to know you during a free consultation.

        When you are under our wing, you can rest assured that you are in good care. Our fight for justice is tireless.

        For you to get to know how a truck accident case works, we are going to share with you a story about a former client of ours. Be sure to read until the end to learn more about what not to do after you have been involved in a truck accident.

        Florida Truck Accident Client Story

        To protect our client’s identity, we have changed names and circumstances.

        Henry was on his way to visit his sister and his niece on Friday after work. He was going to be in the car for quite some time. This was a four hour drive if the traffic wasn’t too bad.

        He synced his phone with his car and picked an audio book to listen to while he drove.

        Today he was going to try to listen to Lord of the Rings. He knew that even if there was traffic, he would barely make a dent in the book, but his niece, Kylie, was getting into the books so he thought he would give it a try.

        He wanted to impress her with at least a tidbit of information from the first book.

        He was headed off onto the highway.

        After a little bit of normal after work traffic, the roads were relatively clear.

        Henry’s mind toggled between thinking about his weekend visit with his sister, the audio book, and the road.

        The drive was mostly smooth for the first couple of hours. He stopped once to get something to eat since he had not had anything since his sandwich at work around noon.

        Henry was making great time.

        As he made his way back onto the road, he was marveling at how quick the drive seemed to be.

        He noticed however, that a semi-truck in the middle lane seemed to be swerving around quite a bit.

        He tried to hang back to let the truck get ahead of him, but the truck was not picking up any speed.

        He decided that the next rest stop, he would get off and let the truck get ahead of him so he would not need to worry about being so close to it.

        As Henry moved into the rightmost lane, the truck swerved heavily into him and collided with his car.

        He spun out and crashed into the rail. It was a blur from there.

        Henry was found unconscious in his vehicle in critical condition after the car had flipped.

        The driver of the truck remained on the scene until Henry was taken to the nearest emergency room where they placed him in the ICU.

        He immediately went into surgery to treat his punctured lung from the ribs that were broken in the accident. He was in terrible shape when his sister came rushing into the hospital. She waited hours while her fiancé was home with her daughter before she could even see Henry.

        After almost two weeks in the hospital, Henry was cleared to go home.

        Since he lived alone, his sister offered to put him up at her place where at least his niece could help care for him while she was off of school for the summer.

        It was a rough first week home especially relying on a 12 year old to help with tasks so Henry could stay in bed for the most part. It was something he never wanted to have happen; his niece to see him so weak. He wanted her to think he was strong.

        The most Henry could think to do was try to get justice for these injuries that quite literally changed every aspect of his life.

        A search on the internet led him to us. We were more than happy to set up a free consultation with him. We set up this meeting with him over Zoom so he would not have to worry about the stress of traveling to see us.

        All the same, he had some burning questions about how a truck accident claim worked. We were more than happy to give him some answers and peace of mind.

        You likely have very similar questions if you are in the same position that Henry was in after his truck accident. We will go over what we told Henry upon our first consultation. Hopefully this helps you understand what it means to file a claim against a liable truck driver.

        Who am I bringing this claim against?

        Henry was a quiet guy. He really didn’t want to make himself a burden and didn’t want to cause any trouble. We came to know him well throughout the course of his case but the main takeaway from working with Henry was that he was a good person. The idea of suing someone was tough for him.

        During the first consultation, he was worried that the driver was going to have to lose a lot of money paying for his injuries. It was considerate of him to think about the driver like this, but we assured him that the truck company was responsible. It was not going to be a financial burden to the truck driver himself.

        This accident happened because the truck company was forcing their driver to over work which meant he was under slept. So, while the driver physically caused the accident by swerving because he was so tired, his employer was actually the party at fault.

        We explained to Henry that he was entitled to compensation from the truck company’s insurance because he was suffering unnecessarily. Now was the time for him to think about himself. We really wanted him to understand that he needed to prioritize himself at this time.

        When is this claim going to end?

        Henry had a lot on his plate. He knew he was spending a lot of money to pay for his medical bills. He could not keep up with it. At the time, he was considering having to give up his apartment and move in with his sister. This was a huge blow to his pride.

        He was not in a great place.

        He asked us how long it would take the get results from this claim.

        We explained to him that his level of injury was really severe. We knew there was a good chance he was going to be out of commission for a long while.

        His recovery was going to be the main focus of the case.

        We told him that, until he was fully recovered, or as good as he possibly could get, he would need to be patient.

        He seemed disappointed to hear this so we continued to explain to him how his patience would benefit him.

        If we rushed into a settlement with the insurance, we would likely miss out on big results for him. Especially since his recovery was going to be a long road, we wanted to make sure that his award encompassed all of the costs and damages.

        Settling a case too soon almost guarantees that you don’t get the results that you deserve. We did not want to rush into it.

        How much is the case worth?

        Henry had heard of these types of cases before where people take home millions of dollars. He was curious if that would be him.

        “I really don’t expect this to make me a millionaire, but it would be nice to not have to worry about money,” he told us.

        That was exactly the reason we knew we needed to do right by him. He was in terrible shape financially all because of this accident. He was possibly going to have to give up his apartment and become financially dependent on his big sister, who was more than happy to take care of him. However, he was grown. He was almost 30 and financially secure before the accident.

        We explained to him that these compensation awards are designed to help people become whole again. Yes, some people ended up with million dollar settlements.

        The case value is based on financial loss as well as personal loss. His emotional damages were just as important as his financial burden.

        We were going to make sure he got every penny’s worth of compensation.

        Truck Accident Claim Mistakes to Avoid

        When you take on an insurance company regarding a case like this, there are a lot of things you could do wrong. We want you to read until the end to get valuable information that is going to help you get the best possible results. Avoid these actions if you want success.

        Thinking You Can Trust the Insurance Company

        Insurance companies do such a great job with the marketing to get you to think they are the good guys. They just want to help you out when you are in a tough spot, right?

        Not always.

        Sure, your insurance might pay for some property damage in a storm if you have great coverage. But when you are going against a big insurance company like one that represents trucking companies, you will find that they are not your friends.

        They want to save themselves money on your case so they can make a profit this quarter.

        They don’t care about giving you every penny’s worth of compensation. They just want you to take a low settlement offer and go away.

        Better yet, they want you to provide them with a recorded statement where they back you into a corner to get you to say something that ruins your case for them.

        Don’t trust them. Don’t answer the phone when they call.

        Waiting to See a Doctor

        The first thing that you should do is get to a doctor. If you were someone like Henry, and woke up in the hospital, this is not something you would even have to think about.

        However, not everyone is air lifted to the ER or rushed there on an ambulance after losing consciousness in their accident.

        If you were someone who was awake after the accident happened, you likely had a ton of adrenaline rushing through your body.

        Adrenaline masks pain.

        You should never ignore pain when you feel it. After an accident you should never assume that your absence of pain means you are fine.

        Get yourself in front of a doctor immediately. An accident as serious as one with a truck almost always had injuries.

        Not Following Advice from a Doctor

        You are going to be closed observed by the liable party’s insurance company after your accident. As we have mentioned, the insurance company is not a friend of yours. They are looking for ways to save money on your case.

        When you are given instruction from a doctor, you need to listen to them. They want to help you get better as quickly as possible.

        If they tell you to take it easy, listen to them. If they tell you not to drink, don’t drink. They are looking out for your best interests.

        It would be damaging to your case to have the insurance company send a private investigator after you to find out that you are not listening to your doctor.

        If Henry, for instance, tried to hobble around with his niece at the park when he was ordered to stay off of his broken leg, the private investigator could snap a photo of that. Even if Henry only put his crutches down for a second, that photo could be detrimental to his case.

        The insurance company would love to see a photo of you doing something similar. We don’t want your case to hurt because of that.

        Waiting to Call a Lawyer

        The simplest thing is going to get the ball rolling on your case; a phone call.

        Our office is one phone call away. We can get you set up with a free first consultation as soon as possible.

        Do not delay taking this first step.

        When you don’t hire a lawyer right away, you are setting yourself up for a hard time.

        Not only are you risking making mistakes that a lawyer could protect you from, you are also risking your evidence disappearing.

        Trucks have black boxes on them which tell us a lot about the accident. If you don’t act quickly, this evidence could “go missing” and never be found again.

        Not only this, your witnesses might be impossible to track down if you wait to hire a lawyer. We want to get their testimony as soon as possible while the memory is still fresh.

        Something you should also consider is that, in Florida, you have four years from the date of your accident to file a claim. If you try to file a claim after the deadline is up, you are going to be refused justice.

        Going with the Wrong Lawyer for Your Case

        Something you should know about truck accident cases is that they are challenging to win.

        Truck companies have powerful insurance companies backing them. They do not like to lose.

        When you consider hiring a lawyer for your case, you need to think about hiring someone who will give you the best possible results. Do not take this decision lightly as who you hire will ultimately control how the case ends up.

        You might think you should call up the lawyer who handled your traffic violation to see if they can help you. This is not the wisest choice.

        When dealing with truck accidents, you should hire a lawyer who specializes in truck accident cases. They should handle these cases on a regular basis. They should have a long list of cases they have successfully handled before yours.

        You only get one chance at justice. Do not throw away your shot. Make sure you have the best possible representation by your side.

        They should want you to get justice as much as you do, if not more.

        Go with the Southwest Florida truck accident lawyers who you trust will utilize their resources to provide you with the best possible results.

        Call Our Southwest Florida Truck Accident Lawyers Today

        We hope that you picked up a lot of useful information about truck accident cases. You need to know how important it is to act swiftly after your accident. You are meant for more than the pain you are suffering in. Please reach out to us today to set up a free consultation.

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        We have used Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz in the past and presently and they always provide great customer service. They are very knowledgeable and thorough in their representation and always go the extra mile to make sure we’re represented fairly. Highly recommend!

        Nick A.

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