Pompano Beach Truck Accident Lawyers
Commercial vehicles operating in Florida, including 18-wheelers and tractor-trailers, can cause catastrophic injuries in the event of a collision, leaving victims and their families confused and traumatized. At the Shiner Law Group, our award-winning truck accident lawyers understand the unique challenges associated with truck accident liability. We hold at-fault drivers who fail to comply with state and federal regulations accountable for exacerbating the risk of bodily injury or wrongful death to passengers of other vehicles.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a truck accident, contact our experienced Pompano Beach truck accident lawyers to discuss your legal rights and options, as you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Damages Recoverable in a Florida Truck Accident
Accidents involving commercial vehicles are more involved than standard car accidents, as severe injuries and damage to property can be incurred by several parties. Depending on the degree of injuries sustained and subsequent medical treatment, truck accident victims can hold any of the following parties liable in incidents arising from negligence:
- 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.
Claimants can bring a truck accident legal cause of action against an at-fault party within four years in the state of Florida, or two years in cases of wrongful death, for damages including, but not limited to, medical treatment and rehabilitation, lost income, periods of disability, or a permanent inability to engage in gainful employment.
The attorneys at the Shiner Law Group provide a list of common injuries victims sustain in a truck accident:
- Internal organ damage.
- Disfigurement necessitating plastic surgery.
- Severe whiplash.
- Broken bones or sprains.
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs).
- Wrongful death.
The legal challenges involved in a Florida truck accident are exceedingly complex, which makes legal representation by an experienced Wellington truck accident attorney vital to securing financial compensation.
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.
How A Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
Successful litigation in a truck accident legal proceeding rests on the prompt gathering, examining, and preservation of evidence, as critical elements such as skid marks or road scuffs can disappear within hours of the incident. At the Shiner Law Group, our trial lawyers will safeguard your legal and financial interests by evaluating the crash site, conducting a thorough investigation of the facts, and consulting a network of seasoned professionals to identify the appropriate defendants and hold negligible parties accountable.
We use the discovery process to obtain video footage, police, medical, and accident reports, as well as other key evidence to pursue a broad range of damages to ensure our clients receive the financial compensation they deserve. While we make every effort to negotiate a fair settlement outside of court to avoid costly litigation fees, we are nevertheless prepared to take your case to trial – even against large national insurance chains.