Why Hire a Lawyer after a Truck Accident?

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Did you know that approximately every 16 minutes a person is killed in one of the half a million truck accidents that take place each year? Large trucks, weighing more than 10,000 pounds without cargo, present a serious risk to the smaller passenger vehicles they outnumber on the roads. Just one truck can strike multiple cars, resulting in dozens of injuries.

Over 125,000 large buses and trucks were involved in injury crashes in 2016. According to the Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2016 report released in 2018 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 180,000 people sustained injuries in these crashes. Severe and catastrophic injuries are common following a truck accident. Such injuries can take months or years to recover from and can often lead a family down a road of debt. If you have suffered an injury requiring medical attention in a commercial truck accident, rely on the expertise of an Orlando truck accident attorney to help you build your case.

An Attorney is Crucial After a Truck Accident

In most cases, truck accidents are much more complicated than collisions between passenger vehicles. These accidents often involve several parties which may be liable or partly liable for the damages. An attorney has experience investigating all the facts of a truck accident to make sure that everyone who may have been responsible is held accountable for their negligence.

Your lawyer will guide you on the appropriate actions to take following your accident, tell you exactly what information to offer the insurance companies and opposing parties, and make sure you are making decisions that support your interests. Often, your attorney will handle the sometimes complex completion and filing of necessary documents to ensure everything that can be done gets done to help you receive the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.

Who May be Liable for My Truck Accident?

Truck drivers themselves may have caused the accident, but a flurry of components may all have contributed to the conditions necessary to cause your accident. Several parties may be partly responsible, including:

  • The driver
  • The trucking company
  • The shipping company
  • The truck manufacturer
  • The trailer manufacturer
  • The truck mechanic
  • The state of Florida

A trucking company that fails to follow common carrier regulations may be liable for your accident. All trucking companies in Florida must abide by state and federal regulations involving everything from the vehicle’s mechanics to restrictions on who they can hire and the hours their truckers are allowed to drive.

The shipping companies that load commercial trucks also have strict regulations to follow. Companies that overload trucks or do not adequately tie the load down may be liable for truck accidents.

Manufacturers of commercial vehicles and trailer manufacturers may be liable for any defects in the design and production of the truck and/or trailer that contributed to your accident.

As with car accidents, mechanics who work on trucks may be liable when they fail to conduct adequate repairs.

Finally, roads that are not cared for or lack important signage may lead to accidents. Your attorney will check if the road on which you drove was negligently maintained by the state of Florida.

What is Split Liability in Florida?

In Florida, more than one party can be held legally responsible for an accident, including the person who was hurt. If you are found to be at fault for a percentage of the accident, your reward will be reduced by that same percentage. Proving liability is extremely difficult, which is what makes working with a knowledgeable and meticulous truck accident lawyer so crucial.

What Kinds of Damages May I Recover after a Truck Accident?

With the right lawyer by your side, you may be able to recover compensation for damages, including medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and more after a devastating car accident. You may also be awarded funds for pain and suffering. In particularly egregious cases, it may be possible to recover punitive damages.

The Umansky Law Firm Fights for You!

At the Umansky Law Firm, we have over 100 years of combined personal injury experience to put to work on your behalf to get you the results you need to get back on your feet. A qualified truck accident attorney is crucial to protect your interests after an event that caused you much pain and suffering.

Call 407-228-3838 or contact us online at any time. We’re always available to serve you.