Hollywood Truck Accident Lawyers
With an average weight exceeding 10,000 pounds, tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles pose a particularly hazardous risk when operated negligibly. Accidents with this vehicle class often result in massive damage to life and property, which makes liability exceedingly complex; whereas standard car accidents characteristically involve two parties (the at-fault driver and the victim), fault in a Florida truck accident can be attributed to several parties.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, contact an experienced Hollywood truck accident lawyer to discuss your legal rights and options, as you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Understanding Fault and Florida’s Truck Accident Laws
When a tractor-trailer is involved in an accident, the truck company will dispatch a team to recover critical evidence to mitigate financial liability. While every truck accident victim should seek immediate medical attention to address the potential injury, obtaining legal representation is crucial to building a compelling damages claim. A truck accident attorney can aggressively counter a truck company’s defensive measures by collecting, examining, and preserving evidence to ensure that a claimant’s legal rights are protected.
Florida truck accidents are adjudicated under the state’s comparative negligence standard, which means that a percentage of fault can be assessed to any party whose negligence attributed to the accident. Successfully litigating a truck accident claim rests with the claimant’s ability to prove the at-fault driver owed a reasonable duty of care, the duty of care was breached, and any injury sustained was directly caused by the breach.
The statute of limitations for a truck accident lawsuit is four years in the state of Florida, and two years when a wrongful death is involved. 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).
- The owner of the trailer or the trailer’s leasing company (if applicable).
- The company and personnel responsible for loading the truck.
- The manufacturer of the truck’s components of product liability is shown.
Truck companies may encourage unsafe driving practices through financial incentives; however, drivers who fail to comply with state and federal regulations exacerbate the risk of bodily injury or wrongful death for passengers of other vehicles. Driving under the influence (drunk driving laws are held to a lower legal limit for commercial drivers (0.04%)), distracted/aggressive driving, speeding, improper vehicle maintenance/inspection, hours of service violation, and improper loading/securement are all principal causes of tractor-trailer related accidents.
Florida’s Commercial Liability Coverage
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 costs. If a negligible party is found guilty, the out-of-pocket costs will be included as damages and paid by the defendant’s insurance carrier.
Depending on the degree of injuries sustained and subsequent medical treatment, a victim of a truck accident may be faced with 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 toward recovery. 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.
How A Hollywood Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
While the facts and circumstances are unique to each case, the award-winning attorneys at the Shiner Law Group have the legal expertise and results-driven approach to successfully litigate across the full spectrum of truck accident cases arising from incidents of negligence. We use the discovery process to obtain video footage, police reports, and other evidence that may not only reveal the driver’s actions prior to impact but inconsistencies in the driver’s logs, which are often referred to as “lie books.”
Our law firm customizes its legal services to pursue the best results for our clients. We make every effort to negotiate a fair settlement outside of court; however, we are prepared to take your case to trial to secure the strongest financial recovery package you deserve. Insurance companies will seek to take advantage of unrepresented parties by employing loopholes to invalidate or severely weaken a claim’s legitimacy. Having the benefit of a Shiner Law Group attorney in your corner means that your rights will be protected, and your legal and financial interests fought for. We focus on the legal hurdles, so you can focus on what’s most important – recovery.
Speak with a Hollywood Truck Accident Attorney
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. The Shiner Law Group represents personal injury and wrongful death victims in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, and the surrounding counties.