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Tractor Trailer Accidents

 

West Palm Beach trucking accident lawyer, 18 wheeler crash

How to get money, who may be liable, how much time to sue

 

If you are the crash victim or a family member wondering if you have a wrongful death claim against a big rig tractor trailer or 18 wheeler, this page is for you.

We will discuss:

-Who may be liable

-How much time you have to sue

-How to get paid

-Statistics and causes of 18 wheeler accidents

 

Who may be liable – is the driver responsible or the company responsible for the 18 wheeler big rig accident? What about the tractor vs the trailer?

Generally, the driver of the big rig, the owner of the tractor and the owner of the trailer all may be potential defendants. The driver may or may not have assets. He or she probably is working for a company. If he is an independent contractor, the attorney will look at the extent the company supervised him, among other things. The owner of the tractor and/or trailer may be vicariously liable for the driver's negligence under the doctrine of respondeat superior. Also, there may be a negligent hiring or negligent retention claim against the owner of the tractor and/or trailer. If the driver was impaired by alcohol (DUI), there also may be a claim against the people who served him the alcohol. There may be multiple, separate insurance policies for each defendant.

How much time do you have to sue in Florida for a trucking accident?

In Florida, 2 years for a wrongful death claim and 4 years for a negligence claim.

 

How to get paid

This is where a lawyer helps. You will probably never see a dime if you try to represent yourself. Without an attorney, the insurance company will take advantage of you. Knowledge of current law is essential. After looking at who may be liable, a truck accident lawyer will look into available insurance. Where is the money? Often, the big rig insurance policies cover bodily injury limits with a minimum of $750,000. These limits are very low and have been the same for many years.

The insurance bodily injury limits need to be substantial because weight always wins. The average tractor trailer weighs over 80,000 pounds. That is equivalent to the average car traveling at 5 times the speed. The bigger they are, the harder they are to steer and stop.

After figuring out potential defendants, available insurance and theories of liability, the big rig tractor-trailer lawyer will get the medical records, medical bills, hire experts like an accident re-constructionist as needed and send out a demand for money. The demand for money may include money for medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity in the future, future medical bills, pain and suffering and future pain and suffering. The attorney may have to sue the driver, the owner of the big rig and the owner of the trailer.

 

Statistics and Causes 18 wheeler crashes

Theses statistics are averages and have been rounded up, but they will give you a general idea of big rig tractor-trailer statistics.

Large trucks are 4 times as likely to cause occupant deaths than are other passenger vehicles. If the accident results in a fatality or catastrophic injury, it is almost always the driver of the car who is killed or injured – generally, over 70% of the deaths were occupants of another vehicle. Truck drivers themselves are injured, on average, less than 20% of the time.

Approximately 4,000 people are killed each year from trucking accidents. Also, approximately 100,000 people are injured in trucking accidents each year. The numbers go up and down each year.

In 2012, there were 3,428 fatalities, 194 involving large trucks (tractor-trailers) in Florida.

Most big truck accidents happen Monday through Friday in the daytime.

While trucks account for approximately less than 10% of the total number of vehicles involved in traffic fatalities, 1 out of 9 deaths result from tractor trailer accidents.

Truck drivers have deadlines for delivering loads. As a result, sometimes they speed. They may also keep driving when they need to sleep. They may take stimulants to stay awake. These factors can contribute to accidents involving big rig trucks and tractor-trailers.

Statistics and causes aside, the emotional, physical and financial devastation can last a lifetime for the victim and their families. We are here to help.

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Abogado de accidentes de camiones de 18 ruedas

Cómo obtener dinero, quien puede ser responsable, la cantidad de tiempo para demandar

Si tu eres la víctima de un accidente, o un familiar preguntándose si tu tienes una demanda por homicidio culposo en contra de un camión de 18 ruedas, esta página es para ti.

Discutiremos:

-Quién puede ser responsable?

-Cuánto tiempo tienes para demandar?

-Cómo se te paga?

-Estadísticas y las causas de los accidentes de camiones de 18   ruedas.

Quién puede ser responsable - es el conductor responsable o la empresa responsable por el accidente de camión de 18 ruedas? Qué pasa con el tractor v. el remolque?

En general, el conductor del camión, el propietario del tractor y el propietario del remolque, todos pueden ser acusados potenciales. El conductor puede o no puede tener activos. Él o ella probablemente está trabajando para una empresa. Si él es un contratista independiente, el abogado investiga como la compañía ha supervisado, entre otras cosas. El propietario del tractor y / o remolque puede ser responsable subsidiario por negligencia del conductor, bajo la doctrina de “respondeat superior”. Además, puede haber una contratación negligente o reclamación retención negligente contra el propietario del tractor y / o remolque. Si el conductor se vio afectado por el alcohol (DUI), también puede haber una demanda contra las personas que le servían al alcohol. Puede haber varias directivas, seguros separados para cada acusado.

Cuánto tiempo tienes para demandar en la Florida, sobre un accidente de camión?

En la Florida, 2 años para una demanda por homicidio culposo y 4 años para una demanda por negligencia.