Since semi-trucks are much larger than passenger vehicles, accidents involving trucks are typically more catastrophic and devastating. Victims of semi-truck accidents often sustain life-altering injuries, permanent impairments, disabilities, as well as fatalities after a collision with a large commercial vehicle.
Recovering damages following a semi-truck crash is not the same as seeking compensation after an automobile accident involving small passenger cars. A victim of a truck accident will have to deal with the trucker, their employer (the trucking company), insurance companies, and corporate attorneys.
For this reason, it’s advised to seek legal counsel from a Florida truck accident lawyer who knows how to hold trucking companies accountable and understands complicated insurance issues involved in semi-truck accident cases. Contact our Daytona Beach-based semi-truck accident lawyer at Rick Kolodinsky, P.A., to review your particular case and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
In 2018, a total of over 4,100 people died in truck accidents, a 31-percent increase from 2009, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The federal agency published the “Large Truck Crash Causation Study” where it named the following 10 contributing factors as the most common causes of semi-truck collisions:
Common types of truck accidents include:
If you have sustained an injury in a semi-truck accident, multiple parties could be held liable for your damages and losses. Depending on the circumstances of your specific truck crash, the following parties could be held accountable:
Injuries sustained in semi-truck accidents include but are not limited to:
Regrettably, it’s not uncommon for truck accident victims to die as a result of their injuries. Under the Florida Statutes Section 768.21, surviving family members have a right to recover damages from the negligent party by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
In most cases, suing a trucking company can maximize the victim’s settlement amount because the at-fault driver may not have enough insurance or finances to cover all damages. However, a trucking company may be held responsible for a semi-truck accident only if your lawyer can prove that the company was negligent.
Some of the most common examples of trucking company negligence include:
When bringing a semi-truck accident claim against the trucking company, the injured party will have to establish four elements of negligence:
Each truck accident case is unique, which is why compensatory damages depend on:
Some of the most common types of damages that can be recovered with the help of a lawyer in a truck accident case include:
In addition to the above-mentioned economic and non-economic compensatory damages, you may be able to seek punitive damages. Under the Florida Statutes Section 768.72, a plaintiff is entitled to punitive damages when the defendant acted grossly negligent or engaged in intentional misconduct.
If you sustained injuries in a truck accident or your loved one died as a result of someone else’s negligence, it’s advised to retain a skilled semi-truck accident lawyer to help you recover damages.
Your lawyer can assist you with:
If you have been injured because a truck driver, their employer, or another party was negligent, contact our Daytona Beach semi-truck accident lawyer at Rick Kolodinsky, P.A., to discuss your legal strategy. Rick Kolodinsky, Florida Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, will help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call 386-200-1866 to schedule your no-obligation consultation.