While any motor vehicle accident can have devastating or even deadly consequences, collisions with large semi-trucks, big-rigs, and other commercial tractor-trailers are especially catastrophic. Due to their immense size and weight, these vehicles often cause massive damage when they are involved in accidents with passenger cars, motorcycles, and SUVs. To make matters worse, filing an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit after a commercial vehicle accident is highly complex due to a variety of factors affecting liability, fault, and more.
At Nance Cacciatore, we have the resources needed to investigate serious truck accidents. Our staff includes two in-house investigators—who are also former police officers—trained in accident reconstruction and evidence preservation. Our location close to Interstate 95 means that our attorneys have handled many truck accident cases, and our investigators have excellent relationships with local Florida Highway Patrol officers.
As a result, we can get to the scene quickly and learn the details of an accident. We use the information they provide, as well as the results of consultations with medical specialists and other experts, to build strong cases for compensation for clients injured in truck accidents.
One of the things that makes truck and other commercial vehicle accident claims so complex is the issue of liability. Because truck accidents so often result in severe injuries, most victims must step outside Florida’s no-fault system to recover compensation for their damages. This involves proving that their injuries meet the state’s “serious injury” threshold and that someone else is legally responsible for the victim’s damages.
Establishing liability typically means determining how the accident occurred. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
Unlike in other types of motor vehicle accidents, liability does not always (nor even often) lay with the individual who caused the accident. For example, even if a truck driver causes a crash, his or her employer (the trucking company) is likely liable under respondeat superior laws, which holds employers generally liable for the conduct of their employees while those employees are “on the clock.”
Often, the defendants in truck accident cases are not the truck drivers themselves (though this can sometimes be the case) but other liable entities, such as trucking companies, truck industry manufacturers, and others.
Being involved in a serious truck accident is a frightening, overwhelming experience. But there are certain things you can—and should—do to protect your rights.
After an accident with a semi-truck or another commercial vehicle, be sure to do the following:
We strongly encourage you to get in touch with our team today to learn how Nance Cacciatore can help you with your truck accident claim. We do not collect any attorney fees unless we secure a settlement or verdict on your behalf, and your initial consultation is always free and confidential.
Truck accident cases are not like standard car accident claims. It is incredibly important that you contact an attorney who can help protect your rights and advocate for the maximum compensation you are owed.
At Nance Cacciatore, we can immediately begin investigating the accident by:
In addition to our in-house investigators, we use well-known trucking experts to build these claims. Trucking accidents are complicated by problems identifying the truck or the owner when the driver leaves the scene. Our investigators and experts make every effort to find the truck and the driver, including interviewing nearby witnesses and researching possible truck routes whenever possible. We use all the evidence to build a strong case, always preparing as if it will proceed to trial.
Our Melbourne truck accident attorneys have a record of success in trucking accident cases, despite difficulties such as those outlined above. We have handled claims arising from loads dumped on the highway, jackknifed trucks, gravel truck accidents, trucks traveling too fast for conditions, and multiple vehicle crashes. In all instances, the injuries sustained by our clients have been severe, including head and brain injury, spinal cord injury, and multiple fractures. In a number of cases, we have successfully obtained damages for a family grieving over the wrongful death of a loved one due to a trucking accident.
If you have been injured or a family member killed in a tractor-trailer accident, contact a trucking accident lawyer at Nance Cacciatore. We have the resources, experience, and commitment to help you fight for fair compensation after serious injury or death.