Truck Accident FAQ
If you have questions regarding your rights in the event of a truck accident or you would like to learn more about truck accident litigation, we can help. We have assembled this list of frequently asked questions in the hope that it will serve as a reference guide for individuals researching truck accident cases. At Moody Law, serving Central Florida and Polk County, including Lakeland, Bartow, Winter Haven, and Haines City, a personal injury lawyer can provide you with the information you need to make educated decisions as to whether you should pursue legal action. If you have additional questions that are not addressed below or you would like to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, please contact our law firm today.
- Who can be held liable in a truck accident case?
- What compensation can I receive?
- How do truck accident cases differ from auto accident cases?
- Is there a statute of limitations for personal injury claims?
- Why should I hire a personal injury lawyer?
Each truck accident case is unique and can be very complex. Over the years, Mr. Moody has handled numerous high profile large trucking accident cases. A lawyer from Moody Law can review your claim and help determine which parties to file a lawsuit against. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, it may be possible to file suit against the following parties:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The truck or trailer owner
- The owner or loader of the hazardous freight
- The manufacturer of a defective part
- A third-party maintenance company
- A Federal or State Motor Carrier
Even though every case is different and it is impossible to determine the value of your case or the compensation that you may be eligible to receive without first conducting a thorough case review, the plaintiff can typically obtain financial compensation for medical costs, rehabilitation costs, loss of wages (including future wage loss stemming from an inability to work or lost earning capacity), loss of enjoyment of life, inconvenience and pain and suffering. If a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury (such as a traumatic brain injury) or wrongful death, it may also be possible to obtain financial compensation on his or her behalf. Proudly serving Central Florida, including Lakeland, Bartow, and Winter Haven, a personal injury lawyer from Moody Law can protect your legal rights and assist you with filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
Truck drivers are trained and certified professionals who have an obligation to operate their vehicles with due care under specific regulations and laws dealing with commercial truck drivers. Because truck drivers are held to a higher standard than regular motorists under the law, and the cases are often worth far more than a standard accident claim as a result of the defendants' resources, it cannot be overstated that truck accident cases differ greatly from standard auto accident cases. Truck drivers also must obey strict federal and state guidelines on the number of hours they drive, repair schedules, warning signals, as well as what type of freight is carried and on what roads that freight is carried. Failure to obey these strict guidelines may have been the cause of the crash. If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident as a result of a driver's woefully negligent actions, you should seek legal counsel. Serving Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, and beyond, a personal injury lawyer from our firm can help.
Yes. If the statute of limitations expires, you permanently waive your right to file a lawsuit for financial compensation. If you believe that you have a claim, it is important to contact the personal injury attorneys at Moody Law as soon as possible. We can review your case and determine whether you have met the statute of limitations. It is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible, as filing a personal injury lawsuit can be a long, involving process. Providing your attorney with ample time to prepare your case can prove advantageous. Also, an attorney may be needed to preserve valuable evidence. If you do not act quickly, this valuable evidence may be destroyed or lost.
Large trucking companies and insurance companies have the resources to mount an extensive defense strategy. To give yourself the best chance of obtaining the financial compensation that you are entitled to, it is important to seek the legal counsel and representation of an experienced attorney. In most cases, the faster you hire a lawyer the sooner evidence and facts supporting your personal injury or wrongful death case can make a difference on the outcome. It is important in trucking accident cases and automobile accident cases that an investigation to preserve the crash scene with photographs, measurements, and an inspection of all of the vehicles. At Moody Law, we have our own investigative experts who are skilled at accident reconstruction and preserving scene evidence. Serving Lakeland, Winter Haven, and Bartow in Central Florida, a personal injury lawyer from Moody Law can help. Our staff has the experience, drive, and knowledge needed to resolve your case successfully. To schedule a free consultation, contact our law firm today.