Fort Pierce Truck Accident Lawyers
Accidents involving tractor-trailers in Florida are more complicated than typical car accidents, as tractor-trailers, which can weigh up to 40 tons, do considerably more damage to other passenger cars and their occupants. The statute of limitations to pursue a trucking accident lawsuit is four years for most personal injury claims in Florida, which makes securing legal counsel vital to any case.
If you or your loved one have been involved in a truck accident arising from negligence or unethical business practices, seek immediate medical attention before contacting an experienced Fort Pierce truck accident attorney, as you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Choosing A Truck Accident Attorney
In the event of a truck accident, trucking companies will immediately dispatch an Accident Response Team to gather evidence and build a compelling case to refute personal injury claims and minimize financial liability. Similarly, having the benefit of a Shiner Law Group attorney by your side means that evidence will be collected soon, preserved, and examined to ensure that you receive the maximum financial package for your injuries.
For over 15 years, our award-winning truck accident attorneys have aggressively pursued the maximum compensation for Fort Pierce victims and their families, so they can focus on what’s important – recovery. We will level the playing field by obtaining video footage, police reports, and other evidence that may not only reveal the driver’s action prior to impact, but inconsistencies in the driver’s logs.
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 damage to your vehicle as opposed to 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.
Types of Damages Recoverable in a Fort Pierce Truck Accident
When you or a loved one is injured in a tractor-trailer accident, dealing with financially sound defendants who are experienced in liability claims is a challenging task; however, at the Shiner Law Group, our legal team is committed to safeguarding our clients’ rights by fighting on behalf of their legal and financial interests.
In the event of a truck accident, the following parties can be held liable if injuries were sustained:
- The owner of the truck, the driver, and the hiring company.
- The company leasing the truck (if applicable).
- `If a trailer was involved, the owner of the trailer or the trailer’s leasing company.
- The company responsible for loading the truck.
- The manufacturer of the truck’s components if product liability is shown.
While the circumstances of each case are unique, we have a results-driven approach to litigate across the full spectrum of truck accident negligence. Our clients are often suffering physical, emotional, and financial hardships, so we seek a broad range of damages, including, but not limited to, medical treatment and rehabilitation, loss of income, periods of disability, or a permanent inability to engage in gainful employment.
Speak with a Fort Pierce Truck Accident Lawyer
Have you or someone you love been injured because of the negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct of another? Call us at (772) 777-7700 or contact us online for a free case reviewto see how we can help.