Commercial vehicles are a vital part of the transportation system in Florida. However, commercial vehicle accidents can also cause significant damage. If you were hurt, our experienced Ocala commercial vehicle accident lawyers at Allen Law Firm, P.A. will advocate to win the fair compensation you deserve.
Don’t be intimidated by the prospect of facing off against a large insurance corporation. Schedule your free consultation with a lawyer who can help today.
How Can an Ocala Personal Injury Lawyer Help if I Was Hurt in a Commercial Vehicle Accident?
Injury claims stemming from commercial vehicle accidents are much more complex than your typical car accident case. Commercial vehicles usually require commercial insurance policies that kick in when there’s an accident. These policies have much higher coverage limits than your ordinary car insurance policy.
Commercial vehicles are also usually owned by a corporation.
That means you’ll likely find yourself facing off against a large corporation with deep pockets and teams of defense lawyers. These companies will do anything they can to manipulate you into accepting a lowball settlement. They want to get your injury case off their plate–and they’ll say anything to make it happen.
You don’t have to stand for that. Hiring an experienced Ocala personal injury lawyer can even the score. It might even take the insurance company off guard.
Our lawyers will help by:
- Developing a comprehensive legal strategy designed to maximize your settlement or verdict
- Launching a complete investigation to find proof that someone else’s negligence caused your crash
- Hiring experts who can testify about the extent of your injuries, as well as the cause of the accident
- Handling the mountains of paperwork that these types of insurance claims tend to require
- Negotiating with the insurance company to win a fair settlement outside of court
- Fighting to protect your rights in court if the insurance company refuses to play fair
Allen Law Firm, P.A. has been helping accident victims in Ocala for more than 28 years. When it comes to complex insurance issues, we know the ropes. We even keep several former insurance adjusters with more than 100 collective years of experience on our staff so that we have an inside edge in these types of cases.
We aren’t intimidated by the teams of defense lawyers big corporations will bring to the plate. You can rest assured that you’ll receive the same quality legal representation with us by your side. Ready to learn more? Just give us a call for a free case evaluation today.
Types of Commercial Vehicle Accident Cases We Handle
Commercial vehicles create a unique set of risks. Each type of commercial vehicle is designed for a specific purpose. In nearly all cases, the vehicle is much larger and heavier than a typical motor vehicle. Commercial vehicles are usually also carrying some type of cargo.
At Allen Law Firm, P.A., our truck accident lawyers can handle even the most complex injury claim.
We can help with accidents involving :
- FedEx trucks
- UPS trucks
- Delivery vans
- Dump trucks
- Flat-bed trucks
- Amazon delivery vans
- Cement trucks
- Construction vehicles
- Garbage trucks
- Tow trucks
Allen Law Firm, P.A. has been helping clients recover fair compensation for nearly three decades. We’re ready to develop a custom-tailored strategy designed to recover maximum compensation for your losses. If you’re ready to learn more, just call for your free case review today.
Common Causes of Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Owners and drivers of commercial vehicles are subject to complex state and federal safety regulations. These rules are designed to keep others safe and prevent accidents. Unfortunately, people often cut corners to turn a bigger profit.
Many commercial vehicle accidents can be prevented if everyone follows the rules. Some of the most common causes of commercial vehicle accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Defective vehicle parts
- Aggressive driving
- Unsafe passing or lane changes
- Illegal turns
- Inexperienced drivers
- Improperly secured load
- Inexperience and lack of a commercial driver’s license (CDL)
- Drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs
- Violation of state or Federal motor carrier safety regulations
In other words, most accidents are caused by some form of negligence. Commercial truck and van drivers are often tired and distracted. They might be paid based on miles driven. This type of motivation is a leading cause of crashes–after all, these drivers are only human and can become tired and distracted just like anyone else.
When it comes down to it, you might not know what caused your accident. Our personal injury attorneys can help you find out. We’ll work to locate all responsible parties so that you can get the money you deserve.
Who Can Be Held Liable For My Commercial Vehicle Accident Injuries?
The comparative fault rule in Florida allows you to hold anyone whose actions contribute to the accident liable for financial damages. Responsible parties might include:
- The driver
- A driver of a third vehicle involved in the truck crash
- Employers of negligent commercial vehicle drivers
- A company responsible for inspecting and maintaining the vehicle
- The company responsible for securing the vehicle’s cargo
- Bicyclists or pedestrians
- Government agencies
Commercial truck drivers don’t typically own their own vehicles. They’re usually hired by a trucking company to drive the vehicle. Fortunately, general employment law theories allow you to hold an employer liable for an employee’s negligent driving.
Commercial Vehicle Accidents Often Cause Severe Injuries
When a large truck or delivery van is in a crash with a smaller passenger vehicle, it’s the occupants of the smaller vehicle that tend to suffer the most.
Accidents involving large commercial vehicle accidents in Ocala can cause serious injuries, including:
- Brain injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Loss of limbs and amputations
- Serious burns
- Broken bones
- Organ damage
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
If you were injured in a commercial vehicle accident, our truck accident attorneys at Allen Law Firm, P.A. are here for you. Even if you can’t make it into our office, we’ll set up a virtual consultation or come to your home or hospital room.
Statute of Limitations to File a Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawsuit
The Florida statute of limitations starts running on the date your accident happens. In Florida, you have a four-year window to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you lost a loved one, you have only two years from the date of death to file a lawsuit based on wrongful death.
Don’t miss these critical deadlines. Once the statute of limitations has expired, you lose your right to compensation. Call an experienced attorney who can get the ball rolling and preserve your right to fair compensation.
What Happens When the Insurance Company Blames Me For the Crash?
The first thing you should do is call an experienced personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies often try to take advantage of your lack of legal knowledge in these cases. They’ll make you think you can’t recover compensation because you were partly to blame.
This isn’t the case–and you shouldn’t back down. Florida comparative negligence law allows you to recover compensation from anyone who was partly responsible for your accident. That’s true even if you were 99% responsible.
However, you’re also responsible for your role. For example, if you were 30% at fault, your settlement can be reduced by 30%. In other words, each negligent party is only responsible for their share of the damage.
What Types of Compensation Can I Recover If I Was Hurt in a Commercial Vehicle Accident in Ocala, FL?
Our commercial vehicle accident attorneys at Allen Law Firm, P.A. will work closely with you to determine the damages you’re entitled to receive.
We’ll also hire experts to provide information about what your injuries might cost in the future.
In other words, we’ll fight to get compensation for the money you’ve already spent on medical care and the money you’ll have to spend in the future.
When you work with us, we’ll use our experience handling truck accident claims to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages and income
- Future medical expenses
- Lost future earning potential
- Physical therapy
- Nursing or long-term care
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Property damage
- Damages for wrongful death, including loss of financial support and loss of your loved one’s company
Don’t let the insurance company pressure you into accepting less than you deserve. Our lawyers offer a free consultation because we believe everyone has the right to quality legal representation. All you have to do is call.
Call a Lawyer With Experience Handling Ocala Commercial Vehicle Accidents For a Free Consultation
Commercial vehicle accidents can give victims the right to significant compensation. Allen Law Firm, P.A. is here to fight for you if you or a loved one were injured or killed in a crash.
If you’re ready to take the first step, call our law offices to arrange your free consultation today. There’s no attorney’s fee unless we win, so there’s no risk in learning more. Our lawyers represent clients in accidents involving large trucks in Ocala, Gainesville, and across Marion County.