Greenacres Truck Accident Lawyers
Being involved in any car accident can be a traumatic experience that leaves victims with debilitating injuries and significant medical bills. When tractor-trailers are added to the equation, the degree of devastation is dramatically compounded.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a truck accident, contact an experienced Greenacres truck accident lawyer to discuss your legal rights and options, as you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Understanding Greenacres Truck Accident Claims Process
Truck accident victims can bring a cause of action against an at-fault party for damages arising from incidents of negligence within four years from the date of the accident, or two years when a wrongful death is involved. Per Florida’s negligence standard, victims can hold any of the following parties liable if injuries were sustained:
- The owner of the truck, the driver, and the driver’s hiring company.
- If the truck was leased, the company leasing the truck.
- The owner of the truck’s trailer, or the trailer’s leasing company (if applicable).
- The company and employee(s) responsible for loading the truck’s cargo.
- If product liability is present, the manufacturer of the truck’s components.
Commercial Liability Coverage
Most tractor-trailers are owned by third parties that offer different coverage options for damage to vehicles as opposed to compensation for injuries. Some 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.
Understanding the type of available coverage to pursue in a potential lawsuit against an at-fault carrier is among the first steps toward recovery. Depending on the degree of injuries sustained and subsequent medical treatment, medical bills can quickly exhaust a victim’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. Truck accident victims can pursue a broad range of damages, including, but not limited to, pain, suffering, mental anguish, and future medical care, which are pursued against the commercial company’s insurance carrier.
How A Greenacres Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
From fatigued drivers to unsafe road conditions, the number of truck accident causes are boundless. Indeed, truck accident liability is far more complex than standard car accidents and identifying the appropriate defendants can be difficult to determine. Truck drivers are required to maintain logs that document hours of service, inspections, and other trucking activities; however, these documents are often altered and referred to as “lie books” in the industry to minimize financial liability. A truck accident attorney can aggressively counter a truck company’s defensive tactics by obtaining, examining, and preserving evidence to ensure a claimant’s legal rights are protected.
At the Shiner Law Group, our award-winning attorneys have over 15 years’ experience successfully representing Greenacres victims and their families in truck accident lawsuits. We have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts with our results-driven approach because we aggressively pursue the best results to secure the strongest financial recovery package. Insurance companies will seek to take advantage of unrepresented parties. Having the benefit of a Shiner Law Group attorney means that your rights will be protected, and your legal and financial interests fought for.
Speak with a Greenacres Truck Accident Attorney
Have you or someone you love been injured because of the negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct of another? Call us at (561) 777-7700 or contact us online for a free case review. The Shiner Law Group represents personal injury and wrongful death victims in Greenacres and the surrounding counties.