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Were you injured in an accident involving a commercial truck? Was the truck driver or trucking company responsible for the crash? If so, you might be entitled to compensation. The Florida personal injury lawyers of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A. could provide the legal representation you need to hold the at-fault party liable and seek the money you’re owed for the losses you suffered.
Collisions with commercial trucks are much different than collisions between two passenger vehicles. Trucks are large, heavy, and contain cargo that can quickly become dangerous debris during a crash. The force exerted on someone’s body during an accident with a large truck is typically violent and leads to severe injuries. Many victims require emergency medical care and ongoing treatment to heal.
The expenses associated with truck accidents are often significant. Hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation, and other types of bills can become an economic burden and push a person into debt. If you can’t afford these costs, it’s a stressful experience, and you may wonder if you will ever recover from your injuries, both financial and physical. If the truck driver or another party were entirely at fault for the crash, they should be financially responsible for all the expenses you incurred.
Learn more about how Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A. can help you after a truck accident by calling 561.689.8180 for a free consultation with one of our Florida truck accident attorneys.
At Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A., we have decades of experience taking on various accident cases involving commercial trucks. The most common types include:
Any of these truck accident types can lead to injuries, property damage, and fatalities. If you were involved in a collision with a commercial truck, it’s imperative to contact Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A. immediately. You will need an experienced legal team to help you hold the negligent party liable.
One or multiple parties could be at fault for a truck accident. It isn’t just the driver that must keep the people around them safe. Trucking companies are responsible for hiring qualified drivers, providing adequate training, and maintaining all the vehicles in their fleet. Other individuals and companies also play a part in preventing dangerous situations that can lead to accidents.
The most common causes of truck accidents include:
Since multiple parties could be involved in the operation and function of a commercial truck, determining who is at fault can be difficult. Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A. is familiar with accident investigations like these. We can review all contributing factors, obtain the available evidence, and prove who caused the accident.
An empty tractor-trailer weighs around 35,000 pounds. However, a truck with a full cargo load can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. During a collision, the smaller vehicle occupants end up with more severe injuries than the truck driver. Death is common in accidents involving high speeds.
The most common injuries caused by truck accidents include:
Unfortunately, some accident victims become disabled. They can’t recover from their extensive injuries and end up in a wheelchair or require ongoing treatment to manage pain and other lingering issues. An accident and its resulting disabilities are disruptive to a person’s life and create various obstacles.
The no-fault system in Florida requires injured accident victims to turn to their car insurance company for compensation before going after the at-fault driver. Personal injury protection (PIP) is a requirement for all motorists. The minimum limit you must carry is $10,000, and it covers medical treatment and other financial losses regardless of who caused the crash.
However, $10,000 usually isn’t enough to compensate for someone’s total losses, especially if the accident involves a commercial truck. You could file a claim with the truck driver’s insurance carrier, but your injury must meet the serious injury threshold. That means you must suffer one of the following:
Federal regulations require trucking companies to purchase liability coverage for their truck drivers based on the weight of the truck being operated and the type of cargo it contains. When you file a liability claim, you could seek compensation for a range of losses, such as:
You could also file a lawsuit as long as your injury fits the requirements of the serious injury threshold. You must follow a strict deadline if you want to sue the truck driver, trucking company, or another at-fault party for your losses. Florida has a four-year statute of limitations, meaning you have four years from the date of the crash to file your lawsuit.
At Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A., we have over 40 years of experience fighting for our clients. We will advocate for your rights and aggressively pursue the maximum compensation you deserve. You should not walk away from this experience without the money you’re owed for your injuries.