Fort Lauderdale Truck Accident Lawyers
Commercial vehicles operating in Florida, including 18-wheelers and tractor-trailers, can cause catastrophic injuries in the event of an accident, leaving victims and their families confused and traumatized. At the Shiner Law Group, we are committed to protecting our clients’ rights while holding those negligible responsible.
Commercial truck and tractor-trailer accidents are far more complicated than standard accidents, as they tend to involve severe injuries to occupants of other vehicles. Moreover, commercial vehicle companies are prepared with an arsenal of litigation resources to minimize their liability and the victim’s financial recovery potential, which makes legal representation by a reputable, experienced firm imperative.
If you or your loved one have been injured as a result of negligence or a corporation’s unscrupulous business practices, seek immediate medical attention before contacting a Fort Lauderdale truck accident lawyer to discuss your legal options, as you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Understanding Florida’s Commercial Liability Coverage
A Florida truck driver exacerbates the risk of bodily injury or wrongful death when he or she fails to operate the vehicle in a safe and reasonable manner. Failure to comply with state and federal trucking regulations can lead to any of the following injuries:
- Internal organ damage
- Disfigurement necessitating plastic surgery
- Severe whiplash
- Broken bones or sprains
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
- Wrongful death
Depending on the degree of injuries sustained and subsequent medical treatment, a victim of a truck accident may be faced with mounting medical bills exceeding $100,000. Understanding the type of available coverage to pursue in a potential lawsuit against an at-fault carrier is among the first steps to recovery.
Most tractor trailers are owned by third parties that offer different coverage options for property damage versus compensation for injuries. Other policies combine damage to property and bodily injury under Combined Single Limit (CSL) coverage. Separate coverage for injury is referred to as Commercial Liability Coverage. Under Commercial Liability Coverage, medical bills not covered by Personal Injury Protection (PIP) are considered out-of-pocket expenses. If a negligible party is found guilty, the out-of-pocket expenses will be included as damages and paid by the defendant’s insurance carrier.
Notwithstanding, truck accident victims may be entitled to damages for pain, suffering, mental anguish, and future medical care, which are pursued against the commercial company’s insurance carrier.
Filing A Truck Accident Claim
Florida truck drivers are required to maintain logs that document hours of service and inspections; however, these documents are often altered and referred to as “lie books” in the industry due to the severity of the unethical practice. Our award-winning truck accident attorneys use the discovery process to obtain video footage, police reports, and other evidence that may not only reveal a driver’s actions prior to impact, but inconsistencies in the driver’s logs.
With over 15 years’ experience successfully representing Fort Lauderdale victims and their families in civil suits arising from truck accident negligence, we have recovered millions of dollars in settlements to ensure our clients focus on what’s important: recovery. We handle insurance negotiations and are prepared to take trucking corporations, and their insurance carriers, to court to fight on behalf of your legal and financial interests.
Each case is unique, and our priority is that you and your loved ones are protected in the event of a tractor-trailer accident.
Speak with a Fort Lauderdale Truck Accident Lawyer
Have you or someone you love been injured because of the negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct of another? Call us at (954) 999-9900 or contact us online for a free case review to see how we can help.