There are more than 400,000 motor vehicle accidents per year in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. These accidents can be dangerous, and the severity of a crash is often heightened when it involves a collision between commercial trucks and cars. Accidents like these are dangerous, as commercial trucks are more of a threat than other passenger vehicles. When serious injuries result from an accident, victims frequently find it necessary to seek compensation by holding the responsible party or parties financially accountable.
The complexity of truck accident claims
When filing a claim after a truck accident, it can be very different from a claim against a passenger vehicle driver. This situation is different because a commercial truck accident presents a unique set of circumstances related to the law.
There are some federal laws that apply to trucks but not to passenger vehicles. These include regulations that can determine how long truckers can drive and how often they must take breaks. Truckers are responsible for accurately tracking their time behind the wheel, and failing to do so can lead to dangerous driving.
A commercial truck accident can involve several possibly negligent parties. The truck driver, the trucking company and the loading company may all be involved in a claim. Service providers and the company that manufactures the truck parts could also face negligence claims.
It’s possible that any or all of the above parties are at fault in the accident. This is why a truck accident claim is often complex. It requires an investigation into all factors which could have caused the crash.
Truck insurance companies
A trucking company is likely to have the support of a large insurance company. Truck and motor vehicle accidents may involve a dispute with the insurance company. Insurance companies will do what they can to avoid paying a claim. If they pay, they will try to pay as little as possible.
Filing a truck accident claim
You may have cause to file a truck accident claim. The process is often complex but not impossible. The information above can provide insight into what you can expect.