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What You Need to Know About Truck Accidents

Posted on : February 17, 2015, By:  Ronald Slonaker

There are many unique issues that present themselves in a truck accident liability claim. Truck accidents can result in serious injury, and if you were the victim of a truck accident through no fault of your own, you may be eligible for compensation for the damages incurred.

Here’s what you need to know about truck accidents, and what to do if you or a loved one have been injured.

Commercial Truck Drivers Have Many Laws to Obey

There are a variety of federal, state, and company regulations that commercial drivers must adhere to every time they are behind the wheel. For example, drivers must carry loads that are neither too light nor too heavy, the loads must be secured properly, and the driver must not operate his or her truck if the maximum number of driving hours allowed in a day has been met. If a driver’s failure to obey federal and state laws or company policies causes an accident, you may be able to obtain compensation if you can obtain evidence that the driver did not adhere to all regulations.

There May Be More Than One Defendant In Your Case

Often, truck accidents are the result of multiple issues. The truck driver may be at fault if he or she was negligent while operating the truck; however, if the tires also malfunctioned, the tire manufacturer may be liable for damages as well. A skilled Florida personal injury attorney will know how to investigate an accident case and determine who may be held legally responsible.

The Minimum Insurance Policy Limits Are Higher For Truck Drivers

In typical car accident cases, the case is likely to settle for no more than the maximum amount of the insurance policy. When drivers carry only the minimum insurance required by law, this can leave plaintiffs with a much smaller settlement than they need to cover their medical expenses, lost wages, and suffering. However, commercial truck drivers and companies have higher minimum policy limits than drivers of personal vehicles. This means that even when the truck driver carries the least amount of insurance possible, the injured party still may be able to receive a substantial settlement.

Contact a Skilled Ocala Truck Accident Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one have been hurt in a truck accident, it’s important that you take action immediately to secure your right to financial compensation for the damages you have suffered as a result of the collision. At the Slonaker Law Firm, we have assisted dozens of clients in obtaining the maximum amount of compensation available in their truck accident case, and we will bring our skills and resources to help your case.

Contact an experienced Florida truck accident attorney at our office today for a consultation to discuss the accident at (352) 629-6656 or toll free at (888) 629-6656.