Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Driver error causes the majority of truck accidents, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. However, truck accidents can be caused by a number of factors such as driver negligence, poor road maintenance, improper cargo loading, equipment failure, and driver fatigue.
Of course, there may be countless other ways in which a truck driver’s negligence could lead to a truck accident. Determining the cause of truck accident injuries is important to a successful resolution of a truck accident case. An experienced Orlando truck accident attorney can look at the facts surrounding the accident and determine the best legal strategy moving forward.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
Truck accidents can cause severe injuries due to the sheer size and weight of semi-trucks and delivery trucks. After a truck accident, it is critical to seek emergency medical attention and receive a proper medical diagnosis. In addition, you should document your injuries with photos and storing medical records.
Here are just a few common truck accident injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain and head injuries can range from a mild concussion to traumatic brain injury, or TBI. These types of injuries are nearly impossible to self-diagnose and require the immediate attention of a medical professional. Head and brain injuries can be debilitating, and it is imperative that they are treated as soon as possible.
Cuts and Lacerations
Truck accidents can also cause cuts and lacerations. These injuries are often treated with stitches. Still, cuts and lacerations may lead to permanent scarring, disfigurement, and discomfort. Seeking treatment for these injuries and receiving follow up care is important for making a full physical recovery.
Considering the size and weight of semi-trucks and delivery trucks, broken bones are common in truck accidents. Broken wrists, legs, ribs and vertebrae may be the result of forceful impact with the interior components of a car. Broken bones require immediate medical attention, and often months if not years of physical therapy.
Spinal Cord Injuries
In the worst truck accident cases, spinal cord injuries may also lead to paralysis – even death. Those suffering from pain in their spine, neck or back after a car accident should seek immediate emergency care for proper treatment.
Truck accidents are 10 times more likely to lead to death than typical traffic accidents. No amount of money can replace the loss of a loved one, but the law provides a way to hold those responsible for the death accountable for their actions.
What Kind Of Damages Can You Recover After A Truck Accident?
There are two types of damages that a truck accident victim can recover: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages cover things such as medical bills, lost wages, and other associated costs as a result of a truck accident. In Florida, you are injured in a truck accident in Florida, you are entitled to seek compensation for these losses in order to make a full financial recovery.
In addition to economic damages, you may also be eligible to claim non-economic damages for your truck accident injury as well. Non-economic damages include things such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional trauma. Non-economic damages can be difficult to calculate.
If you were in a truck accident, but unsure of what kind of compensation you are entitled to, contact Bengal Law today to discuss your case.
How Much Is A Truck Accident Worth?
Generally, truck accidents have a higher value than car accidents. However, the value of any given truck accident claim can vary widely depending on the specific facts of the case. The potential value of your will be determined by the extent of your injuries, the severity of your injuries, lost wages, medical bills, and property damage. Furthermore, the amount of money you can recover may be limited by insurance policy limits.
One of the more important distinctions between car accidents and truck accidents is access to insurance. Unlike car accidents, where drivers sometimes fail to carry insurance in violation of state law, truck companies nearly always have an insurance policy that can pay on any claims. In fact, these policies usually have much higher coverage – meaning that you may be able to recover more from your accident.
It is impossible to place a dollar figure on your case without first speaking with an experienced truck accident attorney. At Bengal Law, we will take a look at the facts of your case (injuries, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering) and uncover all sources of insurance. Then, and only then, we will be able to calculate the value of your truck accident case.
If that sounds like a lot of trouble to go through before you even know what your case is worth, we want to pout your mind at ease. The consultation, the investigation, and even the insurance negotiations are done by our team at no cost to you unless we win your case. We take these steps to determine the value of your case for one reason: to maximize the compensation owed to you.
You can get started today by contacting our office to schedule an initial consultation.
Who Is Legally Responsible For My Truck Accident?
In a car accident, the driver who caused the accident is legally responsible for any injuries, property damage, and losses that are a result of the accident. In truck accident cases, multiple entities can be held responsible – not just the truck driver.
Possible parties to a truck accident lawsuit include truck drivers, employers of truck drivers, truck owners, truck manufacturers, truck brokers, and repair and maintenance companies. When multiple parties can be held responsible for an accident, each party is responsible for their percentage of fault, which is determined by a judge or jury.
Figuring out who is legally responsible for causing a truck accident can be difficult. That is why the Orlando truck accident attorneys at Bengal Law thoroughly investigate each accident, hire truck accident experts, and accident reconstructionists to evaluate and assess each potential party’s role in your accident.
Truck Insurance Requirements
Did you know that trucking companies have special insurance requirements? It probably comes at no surprise that the insurance requirements for trucking companies is different than insurance coverage required for regular cars.
What does that mean in your case?
In truck accident cases, there may be multiple parties responsible for your injuries, and multiple insurance policies that you can recover from. As you attorneys, our job would begin with uncovering all possible parties to the claim and gathering information regarding the insurance policies for each.
Our strategy to get you compensation will depend on the policy limits. Our ultimate goal will be to secure the maximum settlement for your case (meaning that you got the highest possible amount possible). This is called a “policy limits” settlement. We can only achieve this outcome if we have all of the relevant information about insurance policies from the outset of the case.
Fortunately, you don’t have to figure out which parties were responsible or gather insurance information – that is our job. When you work with Bengal Law, you will be working with an experienced truck accident attorney who knows how to find this information and leverage to maximize your financial recovery.
Are You At All Responsible For The Truck Accident?
As we research the facts of your case, there may be evidence presented that shows you were partially responsible for the truck accident. If that turns out to be true, then our attorneys will do everything possible to minimize the damage to your case. We will:
- investigate the accident,
- gather witness testimony,
- retrieve accident reports and medical documents,
- preserve evidence such as the driver’s schedule, maintenance records, and black box data, and
- gather evidence against the truck driver and other possible parties.
We will then leverage any helpful facts that we uncover to offset any responsibility you share in the cause of the accident.
If you believe that you are responsible for causing a truck accident, do not let it stop you from seeking legal help. Together, we can look at the facts of your case to determine if you have a right to seek compensation for your accident injuries. Don’t delay – there is limited time to act. The sooner we begin working together, the sooner we can begin preserving evidence and building your case.
You may have questions about your truck accident injuries. Who is responsible? Who will pay my medical bills? Do I have a valid personal injury claim? Can I afford an auto accident lawyer?
Don’t delay consulting with an experienced truck accident attorney. There is a time limitation on when you can file a claim, known as the statute of limitations. If you fail to file your claim within this time period, then you waive your right to seek compensation for your truck accident injuries.
Contact Bengal Law today to find out if you have a truck accident case today.