Why You Need An Attorney After A Truck Accident
Unlike car accidents, truck accidents are very legally complex. That is because there could be multiple parties liable for the accident. Truck accidents are also more damaging than vehicle accidents, so the compensation for damages is often higher. If you’ve been in a truck accident, no matter the circumstances, you will need to work with a qualified truck accident attorney to protect your interests. At , Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh, we can help. We have over a century of combined experience representing clients in Sarasota in truck accident cases. We know how to navigate these complex laws and protect your interest.
Who Is Liable In A Truck Accident?
In most vehicle accidents, it's the misconduct of the other drive that determines liability. However, in trucking accidents, there are many possible parties responsible for the accident beyond the driver including:
● The Trucking Company: If the trucking company was not following common carrier regulations and laws, they may be responsible. The state and federal government regulate everything from the mechanics of the vehicle to restrictions on who they can hire and the hours their employees are allowed to work.
● The Shipping Company: Shipping companies are also highly regulated. If they are overloading the vehicle or did not adequately tie down the load, they may be responsible for the accident.
● The Truck Manufacturer: The manufacturer of the truck may be liable if there were issues in the design and manufacture of the vehicle that caused the accident.
● The Trailer Manufacturer: This same applies to the trailer manufacturer. If the trailer is improperly installed or has a defect, the trailer company may be liable.
● The Truck Mechanic: If the truck is sent to a mechanic and repairs were not adequate and caused the accident, the mechanic may be liable for the damage.
● The State: If the roads were not properly cared for or there wasn’t necessary posted signage that caused the accident, the state or the road care contractor may be responsible for the accident.
Furthermore, in the state of Florida, liability is split. That means that you may also be held partially responsible for the accident. With all of these factors, you need an attorney who can conduct a solid investigation into what truly caused the accident and pursue a case against the right party.
Damages In A Trucking Accident
Beyond just determining liability, damages in a trucking accident are also very complex. Since trucks are massive when there is an accident the damages can be extreme. Injuries can be very severe and interfere with your ability to lead your normal life. When it comes to debilitating injuries, you need an attorney who can calculate the true value of your injuries. Attorneys will consider factors like lost wages and future earning potential, damage to your family relationships and quality of life, and the pain and suffering from the injury. An injury attorney understands the true value of a severe injury and will fight to make sure you get fair compensation.
After a truck accident, you need the help of an attorney to protect all of your interests. The legalities surrounding truck accidents are very complex, especially in the state of Florida. If you’ve been in an accident, contact , Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh. We offer a free case review, so you have nothing to lose!