West Palm Beach Truck Accident Lawyers
Tractor-trailers operating in Florida can weigh up to 40 tons, 25-30 times heavier than a standard passenger car, which makes any collision involving this type of vehicle a significant risk for permanent life-altering injuries or wrongful death.
Accidents with tractor-trailers of this magnitude do not amount to standard car accidents involving a large vehicle, so it’s important to know that trucking companies are prepared to dispatch a legal team of agents and insurance investigators to reduce their liability and the victim’s financial recovery potential.
Because trucking accidents tend to involve severe injuries and fatalities to occupants of the other vehicle, injury victims need an experienced and dedicated tractor-trailer accident lawyer to handle the unique issues associated with trucking litigation.
How West Palm Beach Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
Trucking litigation is particularly complex, and our clients trust our law firm’s 15 years’ experience serving the West Palm Beach community because we are committed to pursuing their best interests and obtaining the most substantial financial recovery.
Our award-winning legal team has the expertise to navigate the special issues involved in trucking litigation:
- Trucking company emergency response teams
- Complex state and federal regulations
- Manipulation or spoliation of evidence
- Multiple parties and insurance companies
- Industry practices and customs
While truck drivers are required to maintain log books that document hours of service and inspections, these documents are often altered and referred to as “lie books” in the industry. The truck accident attorneys at the Shiner Law Group 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.
Each case is unique, and our priority is to ensure that you and your loved ones are protected in the event of a tractor-trailer accident.
Common Injuries Experienced in Trucking Accidents
A Florida truck driver exacerbates the risk of bodily injury or wrongful death when s/he fails to operate his/her vehicle in a safe and reasonable manner. Failure to comply with state and federal trucking regulations can lead to any of the following:
- Internal organ damage
- Disfigurement necessitating plastic surgery
- Severe whiplash
- Broken bones or fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs)
- Joint and/or ligament injuries
- Wrongful death
Types of Damages Recoverable in a West Palm Beach Lawsuit
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 an insurmountable task.
Our experienced legal team will safeguard your rights, gather and preserve evidence, navigate the dogged tactics employed by trucking companies and their insurers, and relentlessly pursue the fullest financial recovery in settlements and verdicts in compliance with legal deadlines.
As a member of the community, the Shiner Law Group treats our clients with the respect, dedication, and compassion they deserve, so we are prepared to fight for a broad range of damages, including, but not limited to, lost income, medical expenses, diminished earning capacity, property loss, emotional distress, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, and punitive damages.
The statute of limitations to pursue a trucking accident lawsuit is four years for most personal injury claims, so it’s imperative to seek legal counsel in the immediate aftermath of an accident; however, there are cases in which this deadline may be different, such as two years for wrongful death cases, or shorter in cases where roadway design contributed to the accident.
In the event of a tractor-trailer 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 attached, the owner of the attached trailer or the leasing company
- The company responsible for loading the truck
- The manufacturer of the truck’s components if product liability is revealed
You Pay Nothing Until We Win Your Case!
If you or someone you love has died because of the negligent, reckless or intentional conduct of another, we welcome you to contact our experienced legal team so that we can evaluate your claim and advise you of your rights and options. We are committed to helping victims recover the compensation they need to move past injuries or loss, so call us 24/7 at 561-777-7700 or online for a free case review to see how we can help.