Have you or a loved one been injured in a truck wreck? Read these 4 truck accident tips for guidance, then give our Tampa office a call to get started.
1. Choosing a Truck Accident Attorney
We’re often asked about our credentials and how you know as a consumer who the best attorney is for your case. I would suggest a couple of things. You want to do some background research on an attorney that you’re thinking about hiring. You want to know what their qualifications are, what kind of cases they’ve handled, what their background is. For example, our firm involves two attorneys. Myself, I have a background in the medical field and am familiar with complex physiology and anatomy, and my partner is an engineer, so we both had careers before we went to law school. Do your research, talk to other consumers, look on the internet and Google attorneys that you’re thinking about hiring.
2. Truck Accident Injury Claim
A commercial accident claim is different from an injury accident claim because of the weight of the commercial vehicle. A commercial vehicle is defined under the federal law as being any vehicle that weighs over 10,000 pounds. Obviously, that type of vehicle can injure you much more easily. If you’ve been injured by a commercial vehicle, you should understand that they’re required to carry at least $750,000 in injury coverage. Because you’re dealing with a large amount of coverage, as opposed to a regular car that weighs around 3,500 pounds, you want to contact an injury lawyer who handles commercial crashes, so that they can guide you in seeking the right kind of care and in giving the right information to your insurance company and the adverse insurance company.
3. Truck Accident Liability
In a commercial accident, there are two entities that you can sue. There is usually a commercial company, some company that the trucker is driving for; that’s going to be one entity. That driver involved in the accident can also be named, and should be named, in the lawsuit. They’re going to be covered under one commercial policy, but you should name all of the entities that are involved in the accident.
4. Insurance Companies and Truck Accidents
We get calls all the time with people who are involved in accidents with commercial trucking companies, and they get calls right away from the commercial carrier. That’s not what you want to do. You don’t want to talk to the commercial carrier because they’ll use anything that they can, anything that you say, against you. You want to know what your rights are before you speak to the adverse carrier. The first thing you should do after seeking medical attention is to contact an injury attorney who handles trucking and commercial cases because they involve different laws.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a crash and have questions about our 4 truck accident tips? Contact a Florida truck accident attorney at Morgenstern and Herd today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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