Every year, thousands of people die in commercial truck accidents. Tens of thousands more get injured. Despite the training of truck drivers, these accidents continue to happen. The results are rarely good for the smaller cars in these wrecks.
If you get hit by a truck in Palm Bay, Florida, Andrew Pickett Law is the team to call. Our Palm Bay truck accident lawyers can help you get compensation for your injuries. Before an insurance company gives you the runaround, call us first.
Who Do I Sue After a Truck Accident in Palm Bay?
Part of the challenge of a truck accident case is deciding who is most responsible for the accident. In a car accident, it’s the other driver in nearly all cases, but not in a truck accident. Possible parties include, but aren’t limited to:
- The driver’s employer
- The last mechanic to work on the truck
- The company that loaded the truck
- A part manufacturer
- A third-party driver
Our truck accident lawyers in Palm Bay will dig through the evidence to see who is most responsible for your accident. You may end up with a claim against multiple insurers if the circumstances of the case show there were multiple at-fault parties.
For a free legal consultation with a truck accidents lawyer serving Palm Bay, call 321-503-4014
Is There a Difference in What to Do After a Truck Crash as Opposed to a Car Crash?
No. The procedure is the same as with any accident. First, call 911 if anyone is hurt and seek medical attention for yourself. If you’re not hurt, take photos of the scene and your injuries. Get the contact information of any witnesses, and exchange insurance information with all involved drivers.
When the police arrive, give a report and then go see a doctor as soon as you can. The shock and adrenaline rush from a crash can hide injuries for days. After you’ve had an examination, follow your doctor’s instructions.
Then, contact one of our truck accident attorneys in Palm Bay. If an insurer contacts you, give them the facts of the case but do not sign or agree to anything over the phone. Let your lawyer handle talking with the insurer. You’d be surprised what an insurer can use against you without legal advice!
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How Much Compensation Could I Receive After a Truck Accident?
Every case is unique, but you are likely to get more than you would from a standard car accident. Here are the reasons why:
- Commercial trucks must carry more insurance than passenger vehicles, so an insurer can offer more money for the policy.
- Accidents from trucks tend to be more severe than usual. The cost of your accident may bring in more money.
- Truckers are held to a higher duty of care than the average driver. If their driving wasn’t on point, it will be easier to prove they were at fault in the accident.
Until we know all the details of your case, it’s impossible to tell you how much you could get. During your consultation, we can give you an estimate once we know some basic information, but there could be numerous other things you could get money for that you’re missing.
Also, should we find that the trucking company was the one pushing the driver to be unsafe, there’s the possibility of punitive damages. The big trucking accident settlements you’ve heard usually have these. It’s a punishment by the court for egregious negligence.
Dangerous Trucking Behavior Can Lead to Accidents
A sober, awake, and trained trucker is quite safe on the road. Not all truck accidents are the fault of the truck driver. But if they get sloppy or negligent in their work, then crashes happen, people get hurt or killed, and lawsuits happen.
There are several dangers with large trucks beyond the regular ones all drivers face. The most pernicious one is the pursuit of profit in the face of danger. The more miles and loads a trucker can deliver, the more money they’ll make. This gives them an incentive to drive longer.
However, humans cannot drive for long hours without taking a break. Driving while tired can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. A trucker that refuses to take breaks, whether on their own or through employer pressure, must face the consequences.
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Call a Palm Bay Truck Accident Attorney Today
If you’ve been hurt in a truck accident or had a loved one killed in one, we’re ready to help you. Andrew Pickett Law can take your call anytime. Simply leave us a voicemail or use our contact form and we’ll set up a free consultation with you.