Motor vehicle accidents involving trucks can result in significant injuries and damages. Lawsuits and insurance claims with truck accidents often have unique issues related to laws and regulations specific to the trucking industry which must be considered. Anyone who has been injured in an accident involving a truck should have proper legal representation to better ensure a fair resolution and adequate compensation for your losses. An experienced Tampa, FL truck accident attorney can help you pursue your claim and make sure you receive the appropriate remedies.
Truck accident cases are different than the typical motor vehicle accidents for many reasons. The trucking industry is highly regulated and subject to a variety of laws. For example, these laws place weight restrictions on truck loads, place limitations on times, distances and locations where trucks may be driven, require certain training and licenses for truck drivers, and require the truck itself to comply with specific requirements. When a truck fails to comply with the trucking laws and an accident results, it may give rise to claims for damages against the truck’s insurance, the truck driver, and the business employing the truck driver.
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Truck accident cases are also unique because the truck driver is often employed by a large, often out of state, corporation or business. If the truck driver was on the job for their employer when the accident occurs, the corporation or business may be liable for damages sustained. When the employer is located outside the state where the accident occurred, there may be additional issues to be considered in a claim.
An experienced truck accident attorney will be versed on the trucking laws and can identify any potential violations that may be applicable to your case. A truck accident attorney will also be able to pursue a claim against all responsible parties, including out of state corporations who employed the truck driver.
Every truck accident case is unique and involves varying degrees and types of damages. While insurance policies may cover some of the damages sustained, most insurance policies will only pay up to a certain amount and they will not cover all of the applicable losses. In general, a victim to such an accident is entitled to compensation to place them back in the position they were before the accident occurred, plus compensation to account for any continuing effects of the accident. Some of the types of things for which damages may be received include:
An experienced truck accident lawyer will know the legal elements that will need to be shown to recover damages and will be able to identify the damages for which you may be able to receive compensation.
Every truck accident case requires a factual basis for damages claimed. An attorney will be able to gather, present and argue evidence to support your position. This includes identifying and hiring qualified expert witnesses to prove complex issues, such as damages and fault.
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Jack Bernstein, Injury Attorneys has over 31 years of experience representing victims involved in truck accidents in Tampa, Florida. He and his team of attorneys will fight to protect your rights and make sure insurance companies and corporations with deep pockets do not abuse the process or bully you into unfair settlements. As your attorney, he will keep the truck driver and company honest and hold them responsible for their negligence.
If you have been in an accident with a commercial truck, call (813) 333-6666 to speak with Jack personally about your case. He will provide legal advice to help you with the claim process and can provide representation to help you recover the damages you are entitled to receive.