Frequently Asked Questions About Truck Accidents
If you walk away uninjured from an accident between a big-rig truck and a car, you are fortunate. Unfortunately, this situation often isn’t the case. When a car is involved in an accident with a truck, the odds are not in favor of the car driver and his or her passengers. They will likely sustain severe and debilitating injuries such as brain trauma, spinal cord injuries, fractures and loss of limbs, or even death.
Attorney Omar F. Medina of the Medina Law Firm in Tampa has 30 years of legal experience and is ready to represent you in your personal injury case. Read on below for answers to some of the questions we are frequently asked about truck accidents.
- How are truck accidents different from car accidents?
- Catastrophic injuries occur in any motor vehicle accident. But the chances are much greater in a truck versus car accident. Trucks weigh several tons and can crush a family-sized motor vehicle, making it almost unrecognizable.
- Who is responsible for a truck collision?
- Negligent parties can vary depending on the circumstances. Fault may be blamed on the trucker, the trucking company, the trucking parts manufacturer, the maintenance contractor or the company that loaded the truck.
- What are the reasons truck drivers may be responsible for an accident?
- Truck drivers may have ignored traffic laws by speeding or driving through stop signs, been distracted by texting, eating or talking on the phone while behind the wheel, been fatigued because they work long hours with little sleep, or been impaired by alcohol or drugs.
- Why may truck driving companies be responsible?
- These companies run fleets that should be safe. Inexperienced drivers sometimes are hired, but they shouldn’t be. Also, some companies fail to provide proper training for drivers. They also may cut financial corners by improperly maintaining their trucking fleets, making the trucks unsafe to drive.
- What are the reasons for other parties being negligent?
- The parts manufacturer may have provided defective parts for the trucking fleet, contributing to an accident. The maintenance contractor may have performed inadequate, incomplete and sloppy work, while the loading company may have improperly loaded cargo on the truck, making the vehicle unbalanced.
- If I’m injured in a truck accident, what kind of settlement or award can I expect to receive?
- We will fight for a fair and just settlement that should include compensation for medical and rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, loss of income or inability to work as well as necessary lifestyle changes such as remodeling your home to accommodate you if permanently injured.
This is the time you need an aggressive and seasoned personal injury attorney. Medina Law Firm in Tampa has 30 years of legal experience. Led by Omar F. Medina, our team is nationally recognized as an effective and knowledgeable advocate for our clients.
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Victims of trucking accidents may suffer from permanent injuries that will affect their lives forever. Who is liable for your injury? Truck drivers, trucking companies and an assortment of other parties can all be held liable for your injuries and expenses.
Medina Law Firm in Tampa will represent you to the best of our abilities. We are a seasoned law firm with 30 years of experience in personal injury. We will negotiate for a settlement or take your case to trial. For a free initial consultation, contact us online or call today. Se habla español.