While collisions involving commercial trucks and tractor-trailers are notorious for their increased potential for serious injuries, they’ve also gained infamy for the unique and complex challenges they create. Since a full financial recovery is so important to victims and families in the wake of tractor-trailer crashes, a lawyer’s ability to navigate these complexities effectively can make all the difference in the outcome of a trucking case.
At Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin, our team has earned a reputation for successfully handling challenging personal injury claims involving major accidents, including truck accidents, across the state of Florida. With a team comprised of nationally recognized trial lawyers who draw from more than 200 years of collective experience, we’re intimately familiar with the complexities posed by these cases, as well as the strategies needed to address them for the benefit of clients.
Why Truck Accidents Differ From Car Accidents
If you or someone you love has been harmed in a motor vehicle accident involving any type of tractor-trailer or large commercial vehicle (commonly referred to as “trucks”), the importance of working with experienced advocates during your legal journey cannot be understated. That’s due in large part to several distinct differences that set trucking accidents apart from those involving standard passenger vehicles.
#1: Trucking accidents typically cause more serious injuries than car accidents.
Commercial trucks (dump, tractor-trailer, flatbed, semi, garbage, etc.) are the biggest vehicles on our roads, weighing tens of thousands of pounds. The size and weight of commercial trucks increase crash risks by limiting truckers’ abilities to see their surroundings, quickly steer and maneuver their rigs, and make sudden stops. In addition to a greater likelihood for more causing more damage to infrastructure, vehicles, and other property, truck accidents are also statistically more likely to cause catastrophic physical harm. It is not uncommon for victims to experience long-term or life-altering disabilities, including catastrophic injuries such as paralysis and brain injury.
#2: Trucking accidents create more medical bills, lost income, diminished earning potential, pain and suffering that car on car accidents.
With a greater potential for causing serious injuries, trucking accidents are also more likely to result in greater damages, both for victims and their families. From costly medical procedures and future medical needs to lost income, diminished earning potential, pain and suffering, and emotional or psychological injuries, the toll on victims can be tremendous, causing damages to pile up quickly.
#3: Accidents involving trucks have higher fatality rates than car on car accidents.
It is an unfortunate truth that victims involved in commercial trucking accidents face elevated risks of suffering fatal injuries. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates roughly 5,000 deaths are caused by trucks each year. Those tragic losses of life commonly lead to high-value and high-stakes wrongful death lawsuits.
#4: Unique laws and regulations apply to commercial truckers.
Truckers are often subject to different laws and standards, including the FMCSA federal trucking regulations, which apply to commercial vehicles that engage in interstate travel. These regulations create specific safety-related requirements for truckers and trucking companies, ensuring they take specific steps to adequately maintain vehicles, record their hours of service, and properly load and secure cargo. Knowing these laws and how to identify violations becomes critical to proving fault and liability – an element that doesn’t exist in car on car accidents.
#5: Insurance policies for commercial truckers are typically higher.
Insurance coverage can be a major barrier to any successful personal injury claim, but because the risks posed by commercial trucks are widely accepted, trucking operators carry insurance policies much larger than the average motorist’s policy. While more coverage is a good thing for victims, it also means the stakes are higher for insurance companies who foot the bill. As a result, these insurance companies often go to great lengths to protect their bottom line, even when it comes at the expense of people in need. These insurance companies and their legal teams aren’t afraid to offer low-ball settlements, aggressively deny liability or dispute damages, or dump massive amounts of resources into fighting plaintiffs.
#6: Truck accidents require a certain type of lawyer who is familiar with the differences outlined above and not afraid to go to trial.
Given the higher stakes, unique laws, and aggressiveness of defendants and insurance carriers, not every personal injury attorney has the experiential or financial wherewithal to handle truck accident claims. Victims whose futures ride on the resolutions obtained in their truck accident cases need attorneys with experience handling these types of claims.
Proven Truck Accident Lawyers Serving West Palm Beach and All of Florida
Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin has the experience, resources, and unwavering determination to take on tough trucking accident cases, and help victims pursue the maximum compensation possible. Our team has recovered more than $1 billion in compensation for our clients and has been named among the Tier 1 “Best Law Firms” in Personal Injury Litigation by U.S. News.
If you’ve suffered as a result of a recent trucking accident anywhere in Florida and are ready to pursue the compensation you deserve, justice is just a phone call away. Call (561) 922-0258 or contact us online to speak with a member of our highly rated legal team during a free case evaluation.