Do you have questions? We have answers. Here are some legal FAQs that our team of attorneys often receives from clients.
What is a commercial truck?
A commercial truck is a vehicle used in the course of business and/or for transport of commercial goods. Some examples include 18-wheeler tractor trailers, tanker trucks, logging trucks, delivery vehicles and various other large freight trucks.
Why are accidents involving commercial trucks more likely to cause injury?
Typically, a fully-loaded large commercial truck can weigh in excess of 80,000 pounds and often travel at or exceeding of highway speed limits. The average passenger automobile weighs around 3,000 pounds. Due to basic physics, this type of collision will often be very damaging to the smaller vehicle and its passengers.
What are the most common factors in collisions involving trucks?
These types of accidents usually result from a combination of factors including:
- Improperly securing the cargo or load
- Characteristics and performance of a truck such as accelerating, braking and visibility
- The driver of the truck is not paying enough attention
- The driver of the car is not respecting the slower reaction capabilities of the truck
If my accident was the fault of the truck driver, can I collect compensation for the time I missed from work?
Yes. Your damages may include income and earning potential lost as a result of the accident.
Can I sue the trucking company that employs the driver for my injuries?
This will depend on whether an employment relationship is established between the driver and the company. If this type of relationship is proven, then the company may be held legally liable for the driver’s negligence. In a case where the driver owns the truck and contracts with the company, the amount of supervision employed by the company may determine the company’s liability. Independent drivers who contract to companies must carry their own insurance coverage separate from the company they work for.
What does the sign on the back of a truck mean when it says I should not drive in the “No-Zone”?
A commercial truck’s “No-Zone” is that area behind the truck where the truck driver cannot see you in his mirrors. This is a very hazardous place to drive and should be avoided if at all possible. The best approach is to keep a safe distance depending on speed, highway conditions and weather.
Should I contact an attorney if I feel that I have a valid legal claim for injuries I suffered in an accident with a truck?
Yes. You should consult an attorney that is experienced in commercial truck accident litigation. He will ensure that your claim is properly assessed.
To learn more about truck accidents in Jacksonville or anywhere in Florida, please contact Hardesty, Tyde & Ashton, PA. today.
What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)