Truck Accident Lawyers Fort Lauderdale, FL
Attorneys Dedicated to Recovering Compensation for Truck Accident Victims in Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Throughout South Florida
Truck accidents are different from accidents involving smaller motor vehicles. First and foremost, commercial truck drivers are paid based upon their deliveries—the more deliveries they make, the higher their earnings. This provides a built-in incentive for them to spend as much time on the road as possible, leading to high incidences of truck driver fatigue. Further, if you are injured in a car accident, you generally need only negotiate with another private individual and your personal insurance company. In a truck accident, however, you often must communicate with a large trucking company and their team of defense attorneys. Recovering compensation for injury or death caused by a truck accident or fatal truck accident in Florida can be complex and complicated because it is likely that multiple parties and multiple insurance companies will be involved.
Because of the potential for large compensation awards in truck accident claims, trucking companies will usually go to great lengths to defend their truck drivers and minimize their own liability in a personal injury or wrongful death case. Attorney Charles Cartwright’s experience working in the insurance industry can provide a powerful asset in these cases because he understands the nuanced strategies that the insurance companies will attempt to use in order to reduce a victim’s recovery. Contact Gonzalez & Cartwright today to schedule a free consultation about your truck accident case with an experienced Fort Lauderdale truck accident lawyer.
Insurance and Liability Issues in a West Palm Beach Truck Accident Case
After a truck accident or fatal truck accident, it will likely be necessary to negotiate with several different insurance carriers, as well as the trucking company’s attorneys. For example, in some cases, the actual “trailer” that carries the truck’s cargo is owned by a different company than the cab of the truck. Establishing liability will require expert assistance that can be provided by a skilled truck accident attorney.
Negligent parties in a Fort Lauderdale truck accident case may include:
- The truck driver.
- The company that owns the truck.
- The company that loaded the cargo onto the truck.
- The maintenance company.
- The truck manufacturer.
- A “broker” who can be used to connect the trucking company with the cargo company and who may be responsible for tracking movement of the cargo.
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., our attorneys leave no stone unturned in discovering the negligent party and holding that party accountable for injuries or death sustained as a result of a truck accident.
Why Choose Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. to Protect Your Rights Following a Truck Accident in Pompano Beach, FL?
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we go to great lengths to ensure that our clients are properly compensated for injuries or death resulting from a truck accident. Complications arise in any case where negligence is involved, and it can often be difficult to prove which party was, in fact, negligent. We have over three decades of combined experience in the insurance industry and in securing awards of compensation for our Hispanic clients in South Florida, and our track record speaks for itself. We are prepared to thoroughly investigate each truck accident or fatal truck accident case by examining:
- The vehicle’s black box, if available.
- Maintenance logs, and whether they were maintained in accordance with federal and state laws.
- Employment records, to determine whether the driver was properly trained.
- Records of truck inspections.
- Driver certifications.
- The driver’s driving record.
- The condition of the vehicle.
- Witness testimony.
Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced South Florida Truck Accident Attorney in Lake Worth, FL
Our Fort Lauderdale attorneys are skilled at handling the complicated issues that can arise in cases involving injury or death resulting from a truck accident or a fatal truck accident. Whether you are pursuing a claim for damages resulting from injuries or for wrongful death in a truck crash, our attorneys understand how important your case is. We personally keep our clients apprised through every step as their case progresses. Contact our office today at 561-533-0345, or toll-free at 888-888-3903. We offer a free initial consultation to each of our clients so that we can explain your options and understand your goals with respect to the case.
FAQ: My insurance carrier says that I do not have the right to sue the at-fault party for compensation for my truck accident injuries. Is this true?
If your injuries are severe enough, you should be able to sue the at-fault party regardless of what your policy says. Car insurance policies have a “full tort” or a “limited tort” option. If your policy is full tort, you can sue the at-fault party for compensation. Limited tort policies only allow you to sue the at-fault party for compensation for medical expenses. However, if the truck accident caused death or permanent, severe injuries, this limit does not apply, and you should be able to sue for non-tangible compensation, such as pain and suffering.
FAQ: I have been injured in a truck accident, and I have medical bills that I need to pay now. Should I accept the insurance company’s settlement offer?
You should never accept a settlement offer from an insurance company without first consulting with an attorney. At Gonzalez & Cartwright, we understand the expenses that you may be facing, but initial offers from insurance companies are often significantly lower than what your case is worth. Further, you may have difficulty anticipating the future expenses that you could be facing following injury in a truck accident. We have years of experience in handling these cases, and we have seen how extensive the injuries sustained in a truck accident can be. Before accepting a settlement offer from the insurance company, contact us for a free consultation so that we can discuss the potential value of your case.