In some states more than others, trucks are a common site along the roads. In states like Florida, trucks are often seen transporting goods within and outside the state. Due to their size and weight, their presence on the road can be intimidating to other vehicle drivers and their accidents can be catastrophic.
Injuries resulting from truck accidents are most often either severe or fatal. Therefore, truck accident victims should seek the services of a skilled Florida truck accident lawyer after the accident. The effects of the accident can last a life time requiring long term medical treatment and rehabilitation. Even when the injury is minor, it can have adverse effects on the victim’s life and that of their relatives.
Truck accidents are different from other vehicle accidents in numerous ways. Aside from the sheer size of the trucks involved, the victims can claim higher damages since the injuries are as previously stated often severe, and in most cases, there is more than one defendant (truck driver, freight loader, trucking company, etc.). In addition, because truck drivers are usually well insured, insurance claim limits tend to be higher.
You can sue the negligent driver or the trucking company
If you and your lawyer have determined that the accident occured due to the negligence and carelessness of the truck driver or the trucking company, you can sue the negligent parties. The physical and mental agony and loss associated with truck accidents are not something one should take lying down.
However, several factors must be considered when filing claims against the trucking company. If the driver is under contract with the company, you would file against the driver but if the driver is an employee of the trucking company, the trucking company is responsible for the acts of its employees. The only way you can file and win a lawsuit against the trucking company when the driver is an independent contractor is if the company failed to adhere to road trucking regulations.
Truck accident lawyer to the rescue
Obviously, truck accidents are quite unique and complex; it is not something you want to manage by yourself without a capable truck accident lawyer. A competent lawyer should be able to dedicate the time and resources required to win the case. An attorney experienced in truck accidents has the skills to identify every line of insurance coverage available due to the multiple parties involved and hold them liable.
With proper investigation, your lawyer can unearth quality testimonies that will aid in your case. Truck accident cases require extensive investigations which means the lawyer should be capable of handling all the details successfully despite the upfront cost.
As mentioned earlier, there is usually multiple sources of compensation in a truck accident. An experienced personal injury lawyer knows how to pursue every potential avenue.
Again, the injuries from truck accidents are usually devastating, so the compensation should also be substantial enough to take care of medical expenses, wrongful death, loss of income, diminished quality of life and so on. Insurance companies will want you to settle for as little as possible, let a skilled lawyer turn the tables against them.
Steven Winig is a Personal Injury Attorney in West Palm Beach, Florida with almost 40 years of experience.