In the moment that it takes for a large commercial truck or semitrailer to collide with your vehicle, your life could change drastically. You may be left with serious pain, injuries and exorbitant medical bills. The impact of a truck accident can be detrimental, but what happened to you may not be your fault.
Many times, these kinds of accidents are preventable. Due to the size and weight of their vehicles, Florida truckers bear the responsibility of being safe and driving cautiously around smaller, more vulnerable vehicles. If you were hurt in a crash, several factors may be to blame for the accident that left you hurt and suffering.
Who is liable for your accident?
It can be difficult to know exactly what caused your truck accident. You may be certain that your accident was not your fault, but you may be unsure of what factors played a role in the incident and who is liable. In order to successfully obtain compensation from a civil claim, you must be able to prove the following of the liable party:
- Circumstances indicate that at the time of the accident, the defendant named in the lawsuit owed the injured party a reasonable standard of care.
- The defendant failed to exercise a reasonable standard of care.
- Failure to provide a reasonable standard of care is the direct source of the injuries.
The truck driver is not the only party you can name as a defendant in your claim. It is possible that others share liability, including the trucking company, contractor, party that loaded the cargo and others. A complete evaluation is necessary to correctly identify all liable parties, which is a crucial step in the process of filing a personal injury claim after a truck accident.
The danger of truck accidents and your rights
Trucks can weigh as much as 25 times more than a normal passenger vehicle. That means that trucks can cause significant damage in a collision even if it is a low-speed crash. From damage to personal property to grave or fatal injuries, the results of truck accidents are often quite serious.
The aftermath of this type of accident can be quite difficult and complex, and you may be feeling daunted by the medical bills, insurance matters and other complications you are now facing. A practical first step for you is to reach out for legal guidance to better understand your options and to determine if you should move forward with a civil claim.