An Attorney Taking On Trucking Companies And Commercial Insurers
It is no exaggeration to say that crashes between trucks and smaller vehicles are almost always devastating for occupants of the smaller vehicles. Semis and other commercial trucks are so large and so heavy that even an otherwise moderate accident can easily be fatal.
After being injured or losing a loved one in a trucking accident in Florida, please don’t hesitate to assert your rights and exercise your legal options. That process starts with a call to The Mitchell Law Firm, P.A. As an attorney with over 25 years of experience, I have the knowledge and skill needed to build a trial-ready case against some very determined defendants.
Who Is Liable After A Trucking Accident?
When a negligent driver causes an accident, that driver is primarily at fault. If they have insurance, their insurance company will also be held liable. The same is true when a truck driver causes an accident, with at least one additional factor: the driver’s employer. Freight companies are responsible for hiring, training and monitoring their drivers. If a commercial truck driver behaves negligently on the job and causes an accident, the employer can be held jointly liable. The employer is also likely to be the insurance policyholder.
On the surface, having multiple defendants seems like a good problem to have if you are pursuing litigation. Unfortunately, commercial insurers and trucking companies have the resources and a strong incentive to fight back against every claim, even those where their own liability is obvious. Therefore, you need to be prepared for your case to escalate to trial if the defendants will not negotiate in good faith.
It Is Important To Seek Legal Help As Soon As Possible
When a truck driver is involved in an accident, the trucking company and its insurer waste no time in conducting their own investigation and making it as difficult as possible for anyone else to investigate. This could include tearing the vehicle apart as well as gathering and destroying all electronic data (GPS information, onboard computers, electronic logbooks, etc.). Sometimes, this happens in less than 24 hours.
If you’ve been seriously injured in a trucking accident, you can’t be expected to seek legal help that quickly. You need time to receive medical attention. That being said, you also shouldn’t wait too long to speak to a lawyer. The more time that passes, the harder it may be to recover and recreate the evidence needed to prove liability. When you contact my firm, I begin investigating immediately to maximize the chances of building a successful case.
Reach Out To Learn How My Firm Can Help You
I am honored to help victims pursue the compensation they need and deserve after a devastating accident. To discuss your legal options with me in a free initial consultation, call my office in Indialantic, Florida, at 321-473-6951. You can also reach me online.