Commercial Trucking Accidents

What To Do If You’re In A Commercial Trucking Accident

Commercial Trucking AccidentsAuto accidents involving two cars can be extremely devastating and, sometimes, even fatal.  However, when these auto accidents involve a truck –  an 18-wheeler, a box truck or any type of commercial vehicle – the chance of serious injury and property damage increases exponentially. Seeking compensation from large trucking companies or commercial insurance providers is not an easy task.

The involvement of many parties in addition to the truck driver can lead to complications in getting compensation for your injuries. This includes the owner of the truck, the truck leasing company, the owner of the trailer, the packer of the trailer, and the manufacturer of the truck and trailer, among others. All of these commercial players have a lot vested in limiting the amount of compensation you may receive if you are in an accident with one of their trucks.

It is extremely important in these cases to hire experienced truck accident lawyers who can act quickly to preserve important pieces of evidence that may be critical to proving your case. Our personal injury attorneys who handle truck and tractor trailer collisions are also well-versed in Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations found in Chapter 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR) and Florida Statutes Section 316.302, which subjects all owners or drivers of commercial motor vehicles engaged in intrastate (Florida) commerce to its rules and regulations.

In some cases, you may be entitled to significantly greater compensation resulting not only from the truck driver’s wrongdoing in causing the crash but also the trucking company’s negligence in hiring or retaining the driver in addition to other non-compliance issues pertaining to these important laws and regulations. Whether you or a loved one has sustained serious personal injury, property damage, permanent impairment or wrongful death due to a truck accident in Florida, you can rest easy knowing the personal injury attorneys at the Eltringham Law Group are on your side, ensuring your rights are protected and fighting to get you the settlement you are entitled to.

Contact the Eltringham Law Group at 561-338-0420 for experienced, compassionate and comprehensive representation so you can rest easy knowing that someone is fighting to get you the settlement you deserve.

Serious Injury Due to Truck Accidents

It’s not hard to visualize how much more devastating injuries can be when a motor vehicle collision involves a truck or tractor trailer. Although most truck drivers are trained to safely and effectively operate these large motor vehicles, there are many factors that can result in a truck crash, contributing to serious injury.

If you or a loved one has sustained serious injury in a truck accident, it’s important to obtain experienced legal counsel to help you get the compensation that you deserve

Injuries May Include:

Various Causes of Truck and Tractor Trailer Accidents:

  • Driver negligence
  • Lack of driving experience
  • Distracted driving
  • Operating truck for long periods of time / sleepiness
  • Failing to perform proper pre-trip inspections
  • Failing to maintain required driver logs
  • Driving trucks on restricted roadways
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Overloading or over-weighting trucks
  • Improper vehicle repair or maintenance
  • Vehicle or trailer defects
  • Road or weather-related hazards

What to Expect if You Are Involved in a Truck Accident

If you are involved in a truck accident in Florida, it’s important to act quickly so that a solid case can be built before evidence is no longer readily available.  If you choose to have the experienced truck accident attorneys at the Eltringham Law Group represent you, here is what you can expect to happen:

  • We offer free consultations so you can get all your questions answered and can spend time talking directly with an experienced attorney about your rights and expected outcomes.
  • Leave all the work to us. We will be in contact with doctors, hospitals, witnesses, insurance providers, police, attorneys and anyone else necessary to settle your claim. We will thoroughly investigate your accident and will build a solid case so that you are more likely to be awarded additional compensation from insurance companies or other parties.
  • You focus on you. Whether you are still recovering from injuries or are simply dealing with the stress and anxiety that is common following auto accidents, now is the time to focus on your own needs while you leave the details of your case in the hands of experienced attorneys that will get the job done right.
  • We work on a contingent fee basis. This means that you don’t need to lay out any money up front in order to have our injury attorneys work on your case. We don’t get paid unless we recover a financial settlement or jury award for you.

We understand it’s scary to be involved in any auto accident, especially with a commercial vehicle. If you have been injured in a crash involving a truck you likely have many questions. Call the Eltringham Law Group today at 561‑338‑0420 for these and any other personal injury questions you may have.

Common Questions About Commercial Trucking Accidents

When you have been involved in an auto accident, there are a few crucial actions you must take.

  1. Assess your injuries – are you seriously injured? Bleeding? Make sure that the other person is OK.
  2. Call the police to document the incident.
  3. Take photos of the scene including damages to both vehicles, license plate numbers and the surrounding environment.
  4. Do not speak to the other parties involved about the details of the accident – only to the police.
  5. Seek medical treatment within 14 days of your accident so you will retain your PIP benefits.
  6. Call us at 561-338-0420 for a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys

Florida law requires that you seek medical attention within 14 days from the date of the accident – this includes weekends and holidays.

If you fail to comply with the Florida Law, you will lose 100% of your medical payment coverage under the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) portion of your automobile insurance policy. All auto insurance policies in the state of Florida include PIP, which covers a portion of your medical bills. However, this coverage is void if you do not seek medical attention within 14 days of your automobile accident.

Although many injuries and/or ailments that result from a trucking accident may not be noticeable immediately, it is highly recommended that you seek medical attention immediately and continue communication as other issues may arise. Even the most minor accidents can cause medical issues, days or even weeks after the auto accident.

Complications in seeking compensation for your injuries are due to the existence of many parties involved in the situation in addition to the truck driver.  This includes the owner of the truck, the truck leasing company, the owner of the trailer, the packer of the trailer, and the manufacturer of the truck and trailer, among others. All of these commercial players have a lot vested in limiting the amount of compensation you may receive if you are in an accident with one of their trucks.

It is extremely important in these cases to hire experienced truck accident attorneys who can act quickly to preserve important pieces of evidence that may be critical to proving your case. Our personal injury attorneys who handle truck and tractor trailer collisions are also well-versed in Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations found in Chapter 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR) and Florida Statutes Section 316.302 which subjects all owners or drivers of commercial motor vehicles that are engaged in intrastate (Florida) commerce to the rules and regulations.

Yes – your PIP insurance will cover your medical expense up to $10,000 if you have been involved in an accident with a truck or tractor trailer accident.  Due to the nature of these vehicles, these accidents typically require more medical treatment that will exceed what PIP will cover. It’s very important to hire a personal injury attorney that has experience in these types of accidents so that you are protected. You must seek medical attention within 14 days of the accident in order to retain your PIP benefits.

Most persons involved in an auto accident with a truck or tractor trailer will require treatment that exceeds the $10,000 limit that PIP provides. Florida allows drivers to sue the insurance company of the at-fault party if the medical costs exceed $10,000.  This is why it is very important for you to call a personal injury attorney that will explain your rights, as well as recover your expenses. You may also sue them for any emotional pain and suffering you think the injuries have caused you.

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