Car accidents between two or more passenger vehicles can be catastrophic, but collisions that involve commercial trucks can be devastating when someone is hurt. Due to a truck’s greater weight, the injuries are far more severe, sometimes fatal. It’s important to speak with a lawyer experienced in Ft Lauderdale truck accident procedure in the aftermath, but here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions.
How do I prove my case?
A legal theory known as “negligence” is the focus with vehicle accidents, including those involving trucks. In general, you must prove that the truck driver violated his duty to exercise reasonable care in operating the vehicle. You also need to show that your injuries were a direct result of the collision.
What are my damages?
Your damages are any amounts you’ve lost due to the accident. These could include the medical bills and pain you’ve suffered due to your injuries. If you’re unable to work, you may also be entitled to compensation for your lost wages.
Who do I pursue for compensation?
There are several potential defendants in Fort Lauderdale truck accidents. The driver, the trucking company and insurers are a few of the parties you would pursue to recover compensation for your injuries and other losses.
Do I need to go to court?
Many times, it’s possible to reach an agreement with the responsible parties and settle your case out of court. However, if negotiations break down and they refuse to pay a fair and reasonable amount, you may need to file a lawsuit.
If you’ve been hurt in a collision involving a commercial truck, you probably have many additional questions about your rights. Please give us a call at the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld to speak with an attorney about your case in more detail.