Nearly all automobile accidents, including those involving trucks, are caused by some sort of mistake made by a driver. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that trucking accidents, in particular, are commonly caused by exhausted drivers and the inability to brake in time to avoid a collision. It is not uncommon for trucking accidents to be caused by driver impairment, overweight or improperly loaded cargo, or speeding. Occasionally, the defective design or manufacturing of vehicles or another related equipment causes a trucking accident.
Who Can Be Held Liable After A Truck Accident?
If a trucking accident is caused by a truck driver, the driver himself or the company who employs the driver may be liable. If any sort of mechanical failure is the cause of the trucking accident, it may be the company who manufactured the faulty part or the individual or company who was responsible for maintaining the vehicle who is liable. It is important to retain an attorney immediately after an accident so that he or she can investigate the circumstances and assist you in determining who may be liable for any damages you suffered.
How Much Is My Truck Accident Case Worth?
In Florida, you may recover not only economic damages but noneconomic damages as well. If you were involved in a trucking incident caused by the other party, you may be eligible to recover for your injuries, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. An attorney will be able to assist you in considering the type and amount of damages to ask for.
Do I Need An Attorney In Order To Recover For My Injuries?
It is not legally required to retain an attorney in order to recover for injuries sustained in an accident. However, it is considered common knowledge that being represented by an attorney will make a significant difference in the amount of recovery you receive. An attorney who is experienced in communicating with insurance and trucking companies can make sure that you are not taken advantage of.
What Should You Do After An Accident With An 18-Wheeler, Tractor-Trailer, Semi Or Large Commercial Truck?
The first thing you should do after any accident is to call the police. If you end up filing a claim, a police report will be necessary. Avoid making any statements to the driver of the commercial vehicle. Do not make any immediate comments about your injuries or lack thereof. Be sure to take pictures of the scene and get the contact information of any witnesses. Then, wait for the police to arrive and cooperate with their investigation.
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