Can I Sue the Cow that Struck my Truck?

A herd of black cows gets out of their fenced pasture on a starless night.  They wander onto the nearby highway you’re on.  You slow down and fortunately avoid all but one of them.  You’re okay, but your truck sustains $10,000 in damage.  The cow is dead.  Do you have any recourse against anyone for your damages? Many accidents involving livestock and wild animals occur at night when drivers are unable to see them on the roadway. Drivers have no time to react and often strike at full-speed. The damage caused by collision with a large animal is likely to […]

Steps to Take If You Are In an Accident Part 4

Subrogation lawyers are trained to handle the negotiations and litigation with the adverse party and their insurance company. If you hire an attorney to help you, these are some of the items they may ask you to provide. In order to avoid delays in resolving your case, be sure to provide all documents requested at the beginning of the representation. Police Report Estimates Checks or Proofs of Payment Photographs Recorded Statements Expert Reports Insured’s Downtime or Out of Pocket Expenses Transportation Documentation Preservation of Evidence Traffic accidents are never fun. However, preparation is the key to making it less painful. […]

Steps to Take If You Are In an Accident Part 3

Finally, once you leave the scene the steps you take in the days after the accident should include the following: File a claim with the adverse driver’s insurance company if the adverse has not. Have a copy the police report and any other documents relating to the accident in front of you when you call. They will want detailed information as to the scene and what transpired there. Once a claim has been filed, you will be given a claim number. The file will be assigned to an insurance adjuster to investigate and manage the claim. It may be a […]

Steps to Take If You Are In an Accident Part 2

    The steps you can take at the time of accident and at the site are very important: After verifying all individuals involved in the accident are okay and dialing 911 if necessary, focus on the property damage, i.e. the damages to your vehicle and the other vehicle(s).Take as many pictures as you can of the site of the accident, i.e. the skid marks, the nearby signs, posts, guard rails, etc., items in the road, a low lying bright sun, heavy rain, sleet, or snow in the air or on the roadway making the surface slick or the vision […]

Steps to Take If You Are In an Accident Part 1

You’ve driven for eight years without an accident. Last December, out of the blue, another vehicle sideswipes you and causes $15,000.00 in damage to your tractor.  You drive highly specialized equipment and you suddenly find yourself down for two weeks. What do you do? The steps in protecting yourself and your business actually begin before the accident occurs:   Make sure you have good insurance coverage through a reputable insurance carrier. Keep a copy of your insurance card in your vehicle. Make sure you have a camera in your vehicle or phone if equipment with a camera. You will want […]

Our Visit to Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Cecil Campus

Our Staff and Joe Lackey of CDL Program Florida State College at Jacksonville The staff of Eckert & Associates, P.A. visited the CDL training program at Florida State College at Jacksonville, Cecil Campus, this week.  We had the wonderful opportunity to meet Joe Lackey, the Instructional Program Manager. He gave us a guided tour of the facilities and a ride in a big rig.  We climbed into the trailer of a truck, as well as practiced our own driving skills in a high tech simulator. Mr. Lackey was an abundance of information, providing us with an extensive Q & A […]