Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Have you been injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle? According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), over 4,400 people died in accidents involving large tractor-trailer trucks and other commercial motor vehicles in 2019. Such accidents can lead to life-altering injuries that can affect your ability to work, play with your children, or enjoy life.
Attorney Shannon J. Sagan is a commercial vehicle accident lawyer and founder of the Law Offices of Shannon J. Sagan, P.A., in Palm Beach County, FL. With over 17 years of working for injured victims at his South Florida law firm, he’s ready to represent you in your commercial vehicle accident case.
What Is a Commercial Vehicle?
According to the FMCSA, a commercial vehicle fulfills any of three main descriptions, including:
- Large vehicles exceeding a weight rating of 10,001 pounds (declared, gross, or actual).
- A vehicle displaying a Hazmat Placard and transporting hazardous materials or chemicals.
- Vehicles including large trucks and busses of common body types.
Most commercial trucks contain branding that makes it fairly obvious if the truck is a commercial vehicle.
Who Is Liable in Accidents Involving Commercial Trucks?
Liability is a complex issue in accidents involving commercial trucks. Experienced personal injury lawyers know that you could be dealing with several insurance companies to file the appropriate claims for your injuries. The driver, trucking company, truck equipment manufacturer, and municipality or state.
With so many insurance companies involved, most will likely try to push the liability onto another party to avoid paying the claim themselves. The circumstances of the accident will also play a key role in determining liability for the accident.
For example, if your accident involved a city bus, you would most likely pursue damages from the city, county, or responsible government body that operates the bus system. But if your claim involved a commercial 18-wheeler, you may need to hold the driver, trucking company, and shipping company liable, depending on the specific situation.
Your experienced commercial vehicle accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shannon J. Sagan, P.A., can help you determine the most appropriate liable parties to pursue compensation for your injuries.
What Things Can You Recover in a Commercial Vehicle Accident?
In a claim or lawsuit for injuries resulting from an accident involving one or more commercial trucks, you can pursue:
- Damages for medical bills (past, current, and future), wages lost and future wages you may lose, damage to your vehicle.
- Non-economic damages for scarring, disfigurement, mental anguish, and pain and suffering.
- Punitive damages for intentional misconduct or gross negligence.
Contact Our Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorney in South Florida
Turn to an experienced and knowledgeable commercial vehicle accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shannon J. Sagan, P.A., in Lake Worth, FL. Attorney Shannon J. Sagan will help you with your case on contingency, so you will never need to pay us unless we get compensation for you. Call us today for a free quick case evaluation at 1-800-FLA-LAWYER or contact us online.
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