Large trucks can be found on nearly every American highway. As a motorist, you must take special care to give these large vehicles appropriate following distance and the distance they need to make turns and come to complete stops. Even if you do take precautions, though, there is always a chance that you will be involved in a truck accident, contact our experienced lawyers today.
Truck Accidents vs. Car Accidents
Truck accidents share some similarities with car accidents, but also have their differences. Similarities include:
- Like car accidents, truck accidents can be the result of drunk driving, speeding, and distracted driving; and
- Susceptibility to environmental hazards like wet pavement and poorly maintained roadways.
The differences between truck and car accidents lie in a truck’s size. Commercial trucks handle much differently than passenger vehicles, and an unqualified driver can cause an accident through ignorance of how to handle a truck. Trucks also have much larger blind spots than other vehicle types and can fall prey to jackknifing and loss of control due to overloading or improper latching of the trailer.
Injuries you Can Sustain in a Truck Accident
You can suffer one or more of the following types of injury in a truck accident:
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Broken bones;
- Soft tissue injuries;
- Cuts; and
- Spinal cord injury.
Pursuing Compensation for your Truck Accident Damages
In Florida, drivers are required to carry personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. When a driver is injured in a collision, he or she must pursue compensation for his or her personal injury damages through a PIP claim with his or her own insurance provider, rather than a personal injury claim with the negligent party’s insurance provider. There are exceptions to this rule, though. When a driver or vehicle passenger suffers a serious injury, such as the loss of a limb or an injury that leads to permanent disability, he or she may pursue monetary compensation through a personal injury claim.
When you are in a position to file a personal injury claim after a truck accident, you can seek compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses;
- Lost wages; and
- Pain and suffering damages.
If the truck driver is employed by a larger company, you must file your claim with his or her employer’s commercial insurance provider. If the driver is an owner operator, you must file it with his or her motor carrier insurance provider.
Work with an Experienced Stuart Truck Accident Lawyer
If you were injured in a truck accident due to another party’s negligence, you have the right to pursue monetary compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. Depending on the circumstances, though, you might instead file a PIP claim. In either case, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine whether you have grounds for a claim and the most effective way to pursue it. To learn more, contact Eighme Law Firm, P.A. today to set up your initial legal consultation in our office.