Van Riper | Nies Attorneys          561- 962-3130
Palm Beach Personal Injury Law
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Truck Accidents

Timothy Nies

Christian Van Riper

"Justice for you and your family..."

Van Riper & Nies combines proactive litigation, experience and compassion to bring a unique perspective as we fight for victims of careless truckers.

Van Riper & Nies represents individuals and families in Palm Beach county who have suffered an injury, or lost loved ones, due careless or reckless truckers and trucking companies.  Our motto is that we leave no stone unturned in the prosecution of trucking negligence claims for our clients.

We are unique as a plaintiff's law firm. Our partner, Tim Nies, is a U.S. military veteran, having served with the elite 75th Ranger Regiment. After his military service, Tim began his attorney career defending personal injury cases for insurance companies and large corporations, including Fortune 500 companies. He was a senior Casualty Attorney for Marshall Dennehey, the largest, and arguably, the most respected insurance defense law firm in the world, with more than 450 attorneys.  

Our other law firm partner, Christian Van Riper, was selected as a Law Clerk for the Florida Supreme Court, which is an honor very few attorneys are selected for. Thereafter, Christian began his legal career as a State Attorney, where he tried multiple serious felony cases. The work and life experiences of our attorneys afford our law firm unique and valuable insight into the lives and struggles of our injured clients, how their cases are defended by insurance company and trucking company lawyers, and with trial experience.  Our past experience litigating for insurance companies gives us credibility with the insurance companies, and our knowledge of how insurance companies evaluate and value cases proves effective during the pendency of cases, at mediation and at trial.   To learn more about our trial attorneys, we invite you to review our individual attorney resumes.

Tim and Christian are cousins who have known each other most of their lives, work all personal injury cases as a trial team.  This approach benefits our clients on two levels. First, both Tim and Christian are extremely familiar with the details of our clients’ cases and are able to collaborate to effectively come up with a litigation and trial plan. Second, our clients are able to speak with an attorney about their cases at any time of the day and night.  We are known for the personal attention we are able to provide to our clients. Our clients are usually pleasantly surprised to be able to speak us after hours and on the weekends.

One of the most frightening experiences that any driver may undergo is a crash with a large tractor trailer. A large number of these crashes end up with the driver of the much smaller automobile being severely injured or killed.  Sadly, these types of crashes are common on our roads and interstates.

The debilitating and life-changing injuries that arise from truck vs. car accidents result in considerable financial losses to the drivers involved and their families. However, Florida law provides an injured person with the right to recover his or her damages from the responsible trucker and his or her trucking company.

Such damages include, medical expenses, past and future loss of wages, funeral and burial expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, inconvenience, disfigurement and other damages. In Florida, the husband or wife of the injured driver or passenger is entitled to recover for the loss of consortium or services of his or her spouse. Although a financial recovery can never repair the damage that is done to the individual, it can at least ease the monetary burdens caused by the crash.

It is important to note that the trucking company and its insurance company will start an investigation right away after the crash. Make no mistake, the trucking company and insurance company will do everything in their power to limit the monetary recovery of the injured driver or passenger. During this investigation, they will take recorded statements of the parties and witnesses, inspect the vehicles, photograph the vehicles involved and may attempt to offer a quick settlement with the injured passenger or driver. Their reason for offering a quick settlement is to shun responsibility for future medical expenses, future wage loss and other damages. Beware of this tactic. Immediately after such a crash, the driver or passenger may not be aware of the total damages. Oftentimes, it takes months to completely judge the person’s injuries because of ongoing medical care. Our attorneys have the experience needed to maximize the claim of injured drivers and families.

If an injured driver or passenger were to accept a quick settlement before retaining an experienced attorney, he or she may be surprised that the health insurance company, which paid for your medical care, will then turn to you to repay the money they paid from your settlement. Our attorneys are experienced with dealing with health insurance companies.  

In addition to claims against the trucker and trucking company, other persons or entities may be liable to you for your injuries. For example, if the highway was defective, the Florida Department of Transportation may be liable.

If you were on-the-job at the time of the crash, you may also be able to file a workers’ compensation claim. Our attorneys can help you with this.

All our personal injury cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not take a fee or charge any costs unless we win.

For more information about our trucking negligence practice, please call us at 561-962-3130, complete the contact form below, or e-mail our Personal Injury Department Chair, Tim Nies, at