As a victim of a collision, you may have many medical bills, lost wages and other financial concerns. Not only are you having to deal with your injuries and recovery, but you also have to consider how you’re going to pay for your losses. At this point, you have a few options. You can try to obtain a settlement from the truck driver or his company, or you can seek a personal injury lawsuit.
Crash statistics show that there have been 12,312 commercial vehicle crashes in Florida already for 2016. Total traffic crashes with fatalities total at 765 with 831 people killed.
With so many commercial vehicles getting into accidents, it’s important to make sure you understand why the accident took place. Commercial drivers are held to high standards and have heavy regulations. If the driver was behind the wheel too long without sleep, was distracted or was speeding, you could be in a position to make a claim. When the police determine the cause of the accident as a distraction or other form of traffic or regulation violation, the driver may be held accountable for failing to drive safely as well.
Our website has more information on trucking accidents and what to do if you’ve been hit by a commercial vehicle. After you receive the medical care you need to be stable, it’s important to reach out to your attorney to talk about the best way to move forward with a claim. You have a limited amount of time to file a claim and to discuss a settlement with the other person’s insurance company.