Palm Beach Gardens Truck Accident Lawyers
Tractor-trailers are vital to Florida’s economy and maintain a constant presence on state highways. Most drivers are well-trained and indeed capable of transporting goods without incident; however, unsafe businesses practices and negligible activity ultimately contribute to catastrophic accidents that cause severe injuries and wrongful death. At the Shiner Law Group, our award-winning truck accident attorneys understand the complex legal challenges facing truck accident victims and have a results-driven approach to securing the financial recovery you deserve.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a Florida truck accident, contact our Palm Beach Gardens truck accident attorneys to discuss your legal rights and options, as you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Understanding Federal Trucking Regulations
The trucking industry is heavily regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in order to keep motorists safe. Income prioritization, among other factors, may, unfortunately, cause drivers to violate safety standards, which significantly exacerbates the risk of bodily injury. The truck accident attorneys at the Shiner Law Group identify several common areas where federal regulations are violated:
- Improper loading and securing of cargo.
- Aggressive driving, such as speeding or tailgating.
- Clocking service hours beyond what is legally permissible.
- Falsifying records.
- Driving under the influence of stimulants or narcotics.
Damages Recoverable in a Florida Truck Accident
Few victims emerge from truck accidents without injury; however, claimants can pursue a legal cause of action against an at-fault party for a broad range of damages to recover the pecuniary loss. The statute of limitations for pursuing a personal injury claim is four years in the state of Florida, and two years in cases of wrongful death.
If negligence is shown, the owner of the truck, the driver, the hiring company and its employees, the truck’s leasing company, the trailer’s owner or leasing company, and the manufacturer of the truck’s components if product liability is present can be held liable for the following damages:
- Medical treatment and rehabilitation, including permanent injury or periods of disability.
- Pain and suffering.
- Damage to physical property.
- Lost wages and benefits, as well as reduced earning capacity.
- Required vehicle or household modifications to accommodate injuries sustained.
- Punitive damages.
Commercial Liability Coverage
Truck accident companies and their insurance carriers will dispatch an emergency response team within hours of any accident to gather critical evidence and determine financial liability. When negligence is shown, a victim’s injuries not covered by personal injury protection (PIP) are considered out-of-pocket expenses, which will be compensated under the truck company’s commercial liability coverage. It is important for victims to understand the coverage options available to them, as some accidents may result in medical expenses that quickly exhaust personal injury protection coverage plans.
How A Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
With over 15 years’ experience successfully recovering millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for Palm Beach Gardens truck accident victims and their families, our seasoned truck accident attorneys are aggressively committed to pursuing the strongest results. We conduct a full investigation of the claim, work with a network of industry experts, consult a body of case law, review relevant documentation (police, medical, and accident reports), and use the discovery process to search for inconsistencies in the driver’s trucking logs to maximize our clients’ financial recovery potential.
As a proud member of the Palm Beach Gardens community, we hold negligible parties accountable and advocate on your behalf to ensure your legal and financial interests are protected.
Speak with a Palm Beach Gardens 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 Palm Beach Gardens and the surrounding counties.