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We rely on tractor-trailers to move goods throughout our state and the country, but such large trucks sharing the road with smaller passenger vehicles can lead to disaster in the event of an accident. If you or a loved one sustained an injury in a truck accident, you might have legal recourse against the truck driver and his employer. Read on for more information about legal options that might be available, and give the Francis Law Group.
TRUCK ACCIDENT FAQs
FAULT FOR A TRACTOR-TRAILER ACCIDENT
When a tractor-trailer accident occurs, there are a number of parties that may be liable.
Usually, a tractor-trailer accident is caused by one of the following factors.
- A truck driver’s negligence: It’s not uncommon for a tractor-trailer accident to be caused by the negligence of the driver him/herself. When the driver does something irresponsible -- such as falling asleep at the wheel, driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving aggressively or breaking a traffic law -- an accident may occur. And the truck company employing the driver may be vicariously liable for its employees' actions.
- The negligence of the motor carrier company: Sometimes, a motor carrier company may be directly responsible for the accident. If the company fails to follow safety regulations or fails to ensure that the trailer’s cargo is loaded properly, then the company may be responsible for the accident. It also may be to blame for hiring an unqualified driver.
- A defective truck part: When a tractor-trailer is manufactured or equipped with a defective part, like defective brakes or a defective tire, then an accident may occur, leaving the manufacturer liable. But a motor carrier company also may be liable in some cases.
- Another driver: Finally, sometimes a tractor-trailer accident is caused by another driver. Another driver’s illegal or irresponsible actions, like cutting off a tractor-trailer, can cause an accident.
Regardless of who is at fault for your accident, if you can prove that another party acted negligently – such as the tractor-trailer driver, the truck company, a product manufacturer, or another driver – and caused the wreck, then you may be able to recover damages.
TYPES OF DAMAGES RECOVERABLE
While Florida is a no-fault insurance state, you may take legal action against another driver or another party who caused your traffic accident. This may be in addition to the compensation you recover through your own personal injury protection (PIP), which provides coverage for medical expenses up to policy limits. All drivers must carry at least $10,000 in PIP coverage, and the full amount is only recoverable if you have an emergency medical condition as determined by a medical professional. You must seek initial care within 14 days of the accident to recover PIP.
Your Orlando truck accident lawyer can help recover PIP and personal injury damages in a bodily injury claim or lawsuit against another party. The economic damages a person can recover include past lost income and future lost income, medical and funeral expenses, lost support and services, replacement value of lost personal property, costs of repairs, and any other economic losses that would not have occurred but for the accident and injury.
You may have the right to recover noneconomic damages. Noneconomic damages are things such as pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and loss of enjoyment. Go over your damages with an attorney and determine a fair amount to seek when taking legal action.
SPEAK WITH A TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEY AT THE FRANCIS LAW GROUP
An Orlando truck accident lawyer can help you prove fault for your accident, recover economic damages for medical bills and other financial losses, and recover compensation for noneconomic damages when applicable. If you would like to file a personal injury liability lawsuit for damages, you have four years from the time of the accident to do so, but don't delay.
The attorneys at the Francis Law Group are serious about defending the rights of accident victims. If you sustained an injury, let us help you today by calling us now at 888-327-2745 or using our online contact form.