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If you or a loved one has been injured in a Florida truck accident, an attorney may be able to help you file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your losses. The process of collecting damages from the party at-fault for your accident can be complicated; however, our attorneys have the experience needed to navigate these types of claims. Typically, these claims will be filed against the trucking company which owns the vehicle, not the driver himself, and will require the assistance of an attorney who has experience handling claims against larger-scale defendants. At Stathopoulos Law Group, the attorneys in our Florida offices have successfully handled personal injury claims against large trucking companies and insurance carriers, and are well-versed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations which may affect your claim.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, there are a number of parties, including the truck driver and their employer, who may be liable for your losses; however, it is not uncommon for these parties to deny fault or liability for a crash. An attorney can help establish liability for your crash, collect evidence to strengthen your claim and help ensure compensation is sought from the appropriate parties.
Following a crash, the trucking company and their insurance company will start an immediate investigation of the scene. These companies have specific and detailed procedures on handling truck accident claims, which are designed to limit the recovery of those injured in the crash. They may record statements from witnesses, take photos of the accident scene, and examine the damaged vehicles to determine the extent of damage caused by the crash. Florida-state authorities may also launch their own investigation into the accident at this time, which may prove beneficial for your claim. At Stathopoulos Law Group, our attorneys will work with specialized experts to assist in complimenting the official investigation. Our attorneys can:
- Review camera footage, if available;
- Interview witnesses;
- Review mandatory police and accident reports;
- Analyze and review medical records;
- Interview medical staff; and
- Consult experts to reconstruct the accident scene and recreate the accident.
There are a number of parties who could be liable for injuries sustained in a truck accident, including the following:
- Truck driver;
- Truck driver’s employer;
- Owner of the truck;
- Company leasing the truck;
- Owner of the leasing company;
- Owner of the trailer, if attached;
- Company leasing the trailer; and
- Manufacturer of the truck, trailer, or components.
Our attorneys have experience handling complex truck accident cases, and understand how to clarify which party may, or may not, be liable for your injuries. To help determine liability, our attorneys may investigate:
- The party which had primary control and custody of the vehicle at the time of the accident;
- Driving logs and records, including weigh-ins;
- The level of control the company had over its drivers;
- The driving history of the vehicle and trailer;
- Maintenance records;
- Potential violations of federal and Florida state laws regarding driving regulations;
- Past violations of Florida state and federal trucking laws;
- Past criminal convictions; and
- Potential manufacturing defects.
If you have been in a truck accident in Florida, contact an attorney as soon as possible. There is a limited time you have to file an insurance claim and/or bring a claim against another party. To learn how our Clearwater truck accident attorneys may be able to help you, please fill out our no cost case review form today.