Have you or your loved ones ever been involved in a truck accident? This can be one of the most frightening events in your life.
A crash involving a tractor trailer or commercial vehicle can have devastating consequences. Their size, weight, and contents can increase their risk of causing serious damage in an accident. In addition to causing excessive damage to the involved cars, passengers could sustain very serious injuries ranging from broken limbs, broken bones, paralysis, brain injuries, internal body damage or even death. If you sustain an injury or property damage in an accident with a truck, you may be entitled to compensation.
While there is no amount of money that can fill the void caused by the loss of a loved one, we are dedicated to obtaining compensation for damages such as medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish and psychological trauma.
Our primary goal is to make the entire process as stress-free as possible so that you can focus on your recovery while we help you seek justice.
If you are involved in a truck accident, contact Steinberg Law’s Palm Beach Gardens or Delray Beach offices to determine if you have a case. We have the resources and expertise to handle truck accident cases and do everything necessary to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
When would you need a Truck accident lawyer?
If you have been injured in a truck accident regardless of whether you are a driver, bicyclist or pedestrian, you may be entitled to compensation for your personal injuries, loss of property, lost wages and/or pain and suffering. In this case, it may be necessary to hire a truck accident lawyer to represent you to increase your chances of bringing a successful legal claim against any at-fault parties involved in the accident. An experienced truck accident attorney will help you locate all potentially liable parties, so you can recover the maximum amount of damages for your injuries.
Another reason you might need to consult a truck accident attorney is to help assess and analyze the facts of your truck accident, analyze potential liability issues and determine in detail the possible recovery for your injuries and other damages.
To bring a successful claim, you may need an attorney to help you conduct a thorough investigation of your accident to engage expert witnesses, review the evidence and determine what steps are necessary to win your case. A truck accident attorney will explain the various options available and help you identify your best possible options.
Truck accident attorneys are also highly skilled at negotiating settlements with insurance companies. It is important to note that without the assistance of a truck accident attorney, you are at the mercy of the insurance companies who may attempt to lure you into settling your claim for minimal compensation.
What should I do if I’m in a truck accident?
If you or your loved one has been involved in a truck accident, you may be too shocked and frightened to think straight. However, no matter how difficult it is to accept the reality of what has occurred, there are a number of things you can do.
First and foremost, make sure that every passenger is safe and, if someone has been seriously injured, call emergency services for immediate medical assistance. Do not move the injured person on your own without professional help as you might risk making the injuries worse.
It is important to remain at the scene of the accident until the police give you permission to leave. Leaving the scene of the accident can result in criminal charges. Additionally, do not move your damaged vehicle; when doubt arises as to how the truck accident was caused, experts can reconstruct the accident scene by taking into account the position of the damaged vehicles.
Obtain information regarding the accident relating to the other drivers involved, witnesses, police officers, location and notes about how the accident happened.
When answering police questions, cooperate with them fully but be careful not to give more information than is necessary. Avoid making any comment that might unintentionally suggest that you are to blame for the accident. Simply give the facts of what happened.
Immediately seek medical care for any injuries that you may have sustained in the accident. Even if there are no apparent injuries, getting a medical examination is best to rule out any internal injuries. It is crucial to do this especially in Florida where no fault insurance laws cover medical treatment made necessary by an automobile accident. Failing to seek immediate medical care may limit your access to “no fault” benefits for your injuries.
Truck Accidents FAQs
What constitutes a “large truck” or “commercial truck”?
Large commercial trucks include long-haul transfer trucks commonly known as tractor-trailers, semis, 18-wheelers and big rigs. They also include dump trucks, box trucks, flatbeds and other trucks that may only travel locally. Any vehicle that is specifically for work done by a company can be considered a commercial vehicle.
How is a large truck accident different from a passenger car accident?
The obvious difference is that the size and weight of a large commercial truck usually makes a collision involving a truck much more severe than a collision between two passenger vehicles. However, there is also a difference in liability. If the accident is a result of the truck driver breaking rules, laws or regulations, the company that owns the truck may be liable.
How would you work to hold the truck driver or trucking company liable for the accident that injured me?
By conducting a thorough investigation into the circumstances of your accident, a truck accident attorney can determine what actions or lack of action by the trucker, trucking company or others contributed to the crash and your injuries. After gathering solid evidence, they can negotiate with insurers, take them to court or reach a settlement to make sure your rights are protected.