Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys: Committed to Justice for Injured Victims
Every 16 minutes someone is injured or killed in a tractor trailer accident, often as the result of negligence. Because of the excessive size and weight of tractor trailers, they present a serious hazard to other motorists. If you or a loved one were injured in a collision with a large truck or tractor trailer, contact Osborne & Francis. Our tractor trailer accident attorneys have a proven record of winning compensation on behalf of our clients.
Commercial drivers have a heightened duty to operate vehicles with care and attention. When these duties are violated, they can create serious risks of harm to others on the road. Our truck accident attorneys have key knowledge of the complexities of trucking accidents. We know how to present your claim so we can hold the proper parties liable and obtain the maximum damages available.
Schedule a free consultation with us today at (561) 293-2600 to learn about your legal rights after a truck accident.
What Do Damages in a Tractor Trailer Accident Cover?
Personal injury law requires the at-fault party to pay for the losses they caused to injured parties in the event of an accident. If you were in a truck accident, you may be able to receive compensation for:
- Costs of medical care, surgeries, and hospitalization
- Home care and ongoing rehabilitation
- Lost wages while recovering from injuries
- Loss of the ability to generate income in the future
- Punitive damages if there was gross negligence or violation of federal trucking regulations
- In cases where a fatality occurred, wrongful death damages
Most tractor trailer accidents involve insurance companies who attempt to deny or limit payments. Truck crashes can result in serious injuries and losses that aren’t always covered by standard insurance policies. Our truck accident attorneys fight aggressively to obtain full payment for your injuries and losses.
Truck accident injuries can be life-changing for the victim and their families. Contact Osborne & Francis to learn what your legal rights and options are.
What Types of Injuries Can Result from a Tractor Trailer Accident?
Tractor trailer accidents can result in more serious catastrophic injuries than regular passenger car accidents. Such injuries can often be permanent and may require a complete rearrangement of the lives of victims and their families.
Common truck accident injuries may include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and other brain injuries
- Spine/Neck injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
- Lacerations and burns (including chemical burns)
- Seat belt injuries
- Wrongful death
These types of injuries can be completely life-changing for the victim and their families. Compensation for such injuries may cover costs that extend over a person’s life. Contact Osborne & Francis to learn what your rights are in terms of recovery.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Tractor Trailer Accident?
Trust us to carefully evaluate the cause of the accident and who should be held accountable. Potential liable parties in an 18-wheeler accident include:
Tractor Trailer Drivers
One of the leading causes of truck accidents is driver negligence, which can involve:
- Driver fatigue due to lack of required rest
- Distraction from use of cell phones or in-cab passengers
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to follow road rules, especially speed limits and stop signs
- Improper lane changes/failure to check blind spots
The owner of the truck may also be held liable if they neglected to fulfill their responsibilities as a company, such as:
- Failure to offer adequate driver training or supervision
- Hiring unlicensed drivers
- Not following federal laws on required driver rest periods
- Inadequate maintenance and repair of the tractor trailer, leading to brake failure, tire blowouts or other equipment malfunction
Truck or Part Manufacturers
Truck or truck part manufacturers may be held liable under various circumstances. These can include situations where:
- The design of the tractor trailer or truck part is defective
- The way the truck or truck part was manufactured or assembled was faulty
- There were issues regarding safety warnings for the vehicle
The Loading Company
The company that loads cargo onto a tractor trailer must ensure that the load is secure. Cargo-related accidents can be particularly dangerous due to:
- Cargo spilling onto the road or highway and affecting multiple cars at once
- Items flying off the truck and hitting cars following behind them
- Explosions from flammable liquids or exposure to toxic chemicals
Our firm investigates each accident thoroughly to determine who exactly should be held liable. In many instances, multiple parties could be responsible for a truck accident.
Contact Our Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys Today
Commercial truck accidents can cause life changing injuries and disabilities. Such cases can be complex due to the nature of the liability issues involved. If you’ve been in a tractor trailer crash, you may need a lawyer to help guide you during the legal process.
At Osborne & Francis, pursuing justice is a priority for our dedicated tractor trailer accident attorneys. Contact us at (561) 293-2600 and learn how we can help you obtain the maximum recovery you’re entitled to under the law.
Tractor Trailer Accident FAQs
If you’ve been in a truck accident, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention if needed. After that, be sure to cooperate with local enforcement authorities and obtain a police report so you have documentation of the accident. Contact a tractor trailer accident lawyer as soon as you are able and don’t volunteer any information to the other parties that might be held against you.
In the state of Florida, you have four years to file an injury lawsuit after a truck accident occurs. Once this time period ends, you won’t be able to pursue legal action for your case. Thus, it’s important that you contact an attorney right away if you’ve been in a truck accident and believe you need representation.
No — by law, commercial truck drivers must take breaks at designated times during their shifts. This helps prevent them from driving while tired or sleepy. Fatigued driving is one of the main causes of tractor trailer accidents. If you were in a truck accident and suspect that a rest break violation was involved, contact an attorney for advice and representation.
After a serious truck accident, you or your loved one might not be in the best position to handle all the details of your case. However, by reaching out to an attorney, they can help you by:
- Filing all necessary documents with the court
- Compiling evidence needed for your case
- Communicating with any relevant parties on your behalf
- Formulating a successful litigation strategy
- Representing you in court to obtain damages
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