Deerfield Beach Truck Accident Lawyers
The weight and size of tractor-trailers operating in Florida makes any collision involving this vehicle particularly catastrophic. At the Shiner Law Group, we understand the debilitating and severe injuries truck accident victims sustain and the slate of physical, emotional, and financial hardships that follow.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a truck accident, contact an experienced Deerfield Beach truck accident attorney to discuss your legal rights and options, as you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Understanding Florida’s Truck Accident Laws
Within hours of any truck accident, truck companies and their insurance carriers will mobilize an emergency response team to gather critical evidence and reduce their financial liability. Truck accident victims may be left feeling traumatized or unaware of how to appropriately respond without jeopardizing their legal rights. The truck accident attorneys at the Shiner Law Group provide a basic guide for victims to follow:
- Call emergency services and seek immediate medical attention. Florida law requires law enforcement to submit an accident report.
- Gather all relevant information, including picture or video evidence, contact and insurance information, as well as weather and road conditions.
- Do not admit fault or give statements that could be interpreted as admitting fault. Consult with legal counsel before speaking to insurance agents.
Truck accident victims can bring a cause of action against an at-fault party within four years of an accident, or two years in cases of wrongful death; however, successful litigation rests on the prompt gathering of evidence, which makes securing legal representation vital to recovering financial compensation.
Truck accident cases in Florida are adjudicated under the state’s comparative negligence standard, or no-fault law, which means that a percentage of fault can be assessed to both parties depending on the severity of the breach of duty of care. Claimants must prove the at-fault driver owed a reasonable duty of care, the duty of care was breached, and the injuries sustained occurred as a direct result of the defendant’s negligible activity.
Truck accident victims can pursue a broad range of damages arising from incidents of negligence, including, but not limited to, medical treatment and rehabilitation, lost income, periods of disability, or a permanent inability to engage in gainful employment. In cases where injuries were sustained, the following parties can be held liable:
- The owner of the truck, the driver, and the hiring company.
- The company leasing the truck, if applicable.
- The owner of the trailer or the trailer’s leasing company, if applicable.
- The company and personnel responsible for loading the truck’s cargo.
- The manufacturer of the truck’s components if product liability is shown.
Florida’s Commercial Liability Coverage
Most tractor-trailers in Florida are owned by third parties that offer different coverage options for damage to your vehicle as opposed to compensation for your injuries. Certain policies combine property damage and bodily injury under Combine Single Limit (CSL) coverage. Separate coverage for bodily injury is referred to as Commercial Liability Coverage, which covers damages not insured by a victim’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP).
When truck drivers fail to operate their vehicle in a safe and reasonable manner, or comply with state and federal regulations, they exacerbate the risk of bodily injury or wrongful death. The attorneys at the Shiner Law Group provide a list of common injuries victims sustain in a truck accident:
- Internal organ damage
- Disfigurement necessitating plastic surgery
- Severe whiplash
- Broken bones or sprains
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs)
- Wrongful death
How Deerfield Beach Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
With over 15 years’ experience representing Deerfield truck accident victims and their families in cases arising from negligence, our award-winning attorneys at the Shiner Law Group are committed to helping you get your life back. We recognize the personal injury claims process can be exceedingly complex, but when injury victims and surviving loved ones understand what to expect, pursuing a settlement or judgement is less stressful.
Our firm customizes its legal services to the facts and circumstances of each case to secure the strongest financial recovery package. We conduct a thorough investigation, provide expert knowledge of the law, implement innovative litigation strategies, facilitate effective insurance negotiations, and pursue persuasive advocacy. As a visible part of the Deerfield community, we treat our clients with the respect, attention, and compassion they deserve.