Trucking accidents are likely to result in more serious injuries compared to the average car accident. Part of the reason this occurs is due to the sheer size of the vehicle involved. Some semis can weigh up to 40 tons, compared to the average automobile, which weighs roughly 5,000 pounds.
Any serious injury after an accident can complicate a legal case because you may not be able to determine all of your losses right away.
Because trucking accidents are often serious and involve both individual and commercial parties, they can become complicated very quickly. Retaining a truck accident lawyer is a good idea in these cases for several other reasons as well.
Liability in the average car accident is often straightforward. However, if the crash involves a commercial truck, liability may be shared with several parties. The driver, the trucking company, the individuals or company that does maintenance on the truck, the manufacturer of the trucking parts, and others could potentially be involved in a trucking accident case.
When liability must be apportioned to different parties, the legal aspects can become complicated. A lawyer can deal with these potential issues much more effectively than the average trucking accident victim.
Negotiating the Compensation You Deserve
In most car accident cases, you only have to work with one party on the other side - the insurance company. Because there can be additional parties involved in a trucking case, getting everyone to agree or even speak to one another can be a challenge. Having a skilled negotiator on your side can be an invaluable resource.
Understanding Trucking Laws and Regulations
There are specific federal and state regulations that rule the trucking industry. The average driver often does not know or understand these rules and regulations. In fact, some attorneys do not fully appreciate these laws either. It is important to hire an attorney who has knowledge and experience with trucking accidents specifically.
Gordon & Doner's trucking accident lawyers have in-depth knowledge of trucking laws in Florida and the various challenges that may apply to these types of cases. If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, contact us for a free consultation to determine your legal rights.