Assessing Liability in a Florida Truck Accident
Depending on the events leading to the truck accident, there are a number of different people who may be held responsible for an accident, including:
The truck driver may be held liable for an accident when he or she was found to be speeding, driving while fatigued, committing a traffic offense, or due to improper training.
The truck company who hired the truck driver may be held liable for a truck accident that occurred due to mistakes such as hiring an unqualified driver, setting unrealistic expectations, or an inadequate safety inspection.
Although, the trucking company and truck driver are usually accused of recklessness after a truck accident. However, the truck manufacturer or parts manufacturer may likewise be held responsible if the crash occurred due to a defective part, such as faulty brakes or mechanical failure.
Person Who Loaded the Cargo
Some truck accidents may occur due to unsecured or loose cargo. During shipping, boxes or equipment may shift, fall off the truck, and cause an accident. In a situation like this, the cargo loader may be held responsible for failure to properly secure, balance, or inspect the cargo.
Maintenance personnel may also be held liable for a truck accident if the accident occurred due to oversights in performing routine maintenance, expected safety checks, or inspecting the engine, electronic systems, brakes, and fluids.
What Steps Should I Take Next?
The period following a truck accident can be emotional and unsettling. However, the steps you take after the accident could significantly affect the outcome of your personal injury claim. If you've been involved in a truck accident, here's what to do next:
- Get to safety, and help others to safety.
- Call 911 and seek emergency medical help for your injuries.
- Report the truck accident to the nearest law enforcement office.
- Get important information such as the truck driver's name, phone number, license number, name of the trucking company, and insurance information.
- Obtain a police report, witness statements, and accident scene photos,
- Document all of your medical expenses, medical treatments, doctor's appointments, personal account of the event, and effects on your day-to-day life.
- Notify your insurance company about the accident
- Retain an experienced truck accident attorney to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurer or file an injury lawsuit.
It is important that you act sooner rather than later because as time passes, those involved can easily forget important details, information, or misplace reports.
Work With an Experienced Truck
Accident Attorney in Boca Raton, Florida
Unfortunately, being involved in a truck accident or losing a loved one can be a devastating and heartbreaking experience. Such an accident can have significant, long-lasting ramifications on your financial, physical, and emotional health. However, you don't have to go through it alone. It is important to retain a knowledgeable Florida personal injury attorney immediately to protect your rights and help pursue your deserved compensation.
I have dedicated my career to protecting the rights of truck accident victims and offering compassionate representation in wrongful death and personal injury matters. As your legal counsel, I can:
- Review and investigate the details of your case thoroughly
- Gather all necessary pieces of evidence, required information, and documentation
- Prove fault and establish liability
- Determine and estimate case-value
- Negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company
- File a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, where applicable
- Fight to ensure the right people are held accountable
Attorney Steven J. Litvack will fight vigorously to represent your best interest and help pursue fair financial compensation to cover medical costs, lost wages, future medical treatment, pain and suffering, or loss. Having me on your side can improve your chances of getting a favorable outcome in your personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.