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Understanding the basics of commercial vehicle accidents

| Jan 8, 2018 | Blog |

An accident with a large, heavy vehicle can leave the occupants of a smaller vehicle with serious injuries. Commercial vehicle accidents can result in serious injuries and significant damage to personal property, and victims are often left wondering how they can move forward after such a traumatic event.

If you suffered injuries in a commercial vehicle accident in Florida that was not your fault, you could have legal options available to you. It is possible that you could have a rightful claim to financial compensation for your injuries and losses. You may find it beneficial to reach out for an explanation of your legal options, which may include grounds to hold liable parties accountable for your pain and suffering.

The details of your accident

It is normal to have questions and concerns after a serious accident. Getting the answers and information you need can help you identify the liable parties and move forward with the most appropriate course of action. Some of your questions may include the following:

  • What is a commercial vehicle? Commercial vehicles include any large vehicles used for the transportation of goods. Often, this includes semi-trailers, but it can also include delivery trucks, cement trucks and large, heavy work-related vehicles.
  • When is the truck driver to blame? Large trucks have significant blind spots and take longer to brake. The driver of the truck is responsible for knowing the limitations of the vehicle and driving safely. He or she may be liable for damages caused by negligent, reckless or distracted driving.
  • Should I also sue the trucking company? It is possible that you would have grounds to also sue the trucking company. If there is a clear employment relationship between the trucker and the trucking company, the company could be liable for your injuries as well.

In order to understand if you have grounds to sue or who may be financially liable for your accident, you would be wise to seek a complete explanation of your legal options.

Fighting for the recovery you deserve

An accident with a large commercial vehicle can change your life, but you do not have to navigate the aftermath on your own. It is smart to take quick action to protect your interests after an auto accident of any kind, starting by seeking the guidance you need to explore the possibility of a personal injury claim.

After a commercial vehicle accident, you are entitled to an explanation of your legal options and the pursuit of the compensation you deserve.

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