Who Is at Fault?
Determining fault and liability in a car accident is relatively simple. If Dwight rear-ended Andy, Dwight is probably at fault.
Depending on the type of truck accident and the cause of the accident, liability for a commercial truck accident could include the driver’s employer, the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, third-party contractors, and the insurance companies who insure each of the aforementioned. Determining and identifying which parties have liability in the situation is key because each of these entities will likely carry separate insurance policies that could potentially all pay out separate amounts. Plus, each of these entities or parties will have to be named separately in the lawsuit.
Commercial Vehicle Regulations
In addition, there are national safety regulations that govern trucks and truck drivers, which may impact the various parties’ culpability and liability for your accident. Some of the most common FMCSA violations include:
- Failure to properly secure a load or overloading a truck
- Failure to keep required trip logs
- Driving while fatigued or not taking required breaks
Florida has adopted most of these commercial vehicle safety regulations (F.S. §316.302) as well. This means there are legal nuances at play in a truck accident that make it more important that you hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to handle your case who knows these rules and regulations.
Get Help and Start to Recover
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident in South Florida, you need to seek out an experienced Florida truck accident and injury lawyer who will guide you through the claims process.
The personal injury lawyers here at Personal Injury & Accident Law Center would love to speak to you about your case and tell you how we can help you get on the path to recovery. Call us today at (561)372-3800 to schedule a free case evaluation or fill out the confidential form below.