Orlando Truck Accident Lawyers Fighting For The Rights Of Injury Victims
Commercial semi-trucks and tractor-trailers take essential products and consumer goods to every town and city in the U.S. These huge trucks are important and integral to our economy and our way of life, but big trucks also pose substantial risks to innocent drivers and their passengers. If you’re injured in a trucking accident in central Florida, contact an experienced Orlando truck accident attorney at Page & Eichenblatt promptly.
Attorneys Gregory A. Page and Steven S. Eichenblatt have decades of legal experience with injury cases that arise from truck accidents. They aggressively fight for the compensation that every truck accident victim is entitled to by law.
We fight for the rights of injury victims in Orlando and across central Florida. Your first consultation with a truck accident lawyer at Page & Eichenblatt is free, and you pay no attorney’s fee until we recover the compensation that you need and deserve.
Why Are Truck Accident Cases Complex?
All personal injury claims can be complicated, but this is especially true of truck accident claims. These cases usually involve multiple potentially liable parties, including the truck driver, trucking company, cargo loader, and parts manufacturer. The more parties that are involved, the more complex the case becomes.
Your attorney will need to conduct a thorough investigation in order to gather the evidence that is needed to determine who is liable. Collecting this evidence, especially the trucking company’s records and the truck’s black box data, is challenging. This is another reason why you should turn to a trusted truck accident attorney for assistance with your claim. Don’t handle a complex trucking accident claim on your own–let us help.
How Can Vicarious Liability Affect Your Truck Accident Claim?
The legal concept referred to as “vicarious liability” holds employers liable for the negligence of employees, provided that the negligent act happened within the scope of a worker’s employment duties.
For example, if a driver injures you while making a delivery to a customer, liability may transfer to the employer through vicarious liability. But if that driver injures you while he is off the clock, the employer will typically not be liable since the driver was not performing his job duties at the time of the accident.
Trucking companies may be held liable for negligent truck drivers under vicarious liability laws. However, if a truck driver works as an independent contractor, vicarious liability may not apply. Employers can be held liable for the negligence of an employee but can almost never be held accountable for the behavior of an independent contractor. The lawyers at Page & Eichenblatt will help you identify the liable parties in your truck accident claim.
What Are Common Truck Accident Injuries?
Commercial trucks weigh twenty to thirty times more than a typical automobile. Due to their size and weight, commercial trucks are capable of causing substantial damage. This is why so many truck accident victims suffer catastrophic injuries. If the injuries that someone sustains in a trucking crash are not fatal, they may be catastrophic.
Some of the most common truck accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Bone fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries
The victims of such injuries will need the maximum possible compensation – and an experienced lawyer who knows how to acquire it.
Fatigued drivers are the number one reason for truck accidents, but collisions also happen when truck drivers are distracted or impaired, when trucks exceed their weight limit when freight hasn’t been properly loaded, or if any truck parts – like the brakes – are defective.
Can Truck Accidents in Orlando Be Avoided?
There is no way to completely eliminate the risk of getting into a truck accident, but you can reduce your risk. Here’s how to reduce your risk of getting into an accident with a large commercial semi-truck or tractor-trailer:
- Maintain as much distance as possible between large trucks and your own vehicle.
- Always pass trucks on the left side; the right side is full of blind spots.
- If you must pass a truck, pass it as quickly as you can.
Stay as far away as possible from trucks that are making turns. To turn right, the truck driver has to first swing wide to the left, so don’t move to the truck’s right – you’ll get stuck. The smart strategy is keeping as much distance as possible between big trucks and your own vehicle.For more info, read our blog on tips for safely driving alongside large trucks.
How Can A Truck Accident Attorney Help?
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you will need sound advice regarding your rights and legal options. An Orlando truck accident attorney at Page & Eichenblatt can provide reliable advice and aggressive representation that a truck accident victim will need.
Our personal injury attorneys will investigate the crash to determine why it occurred. Your attorney will examine the evidence, question the witnesses, determine which party or parties are liable, and fight hard for the compensation that you deserve.
What is Florida’s “14-day Rule” For Truck Accident Victims?
This is important: If you are injured in a truck accident in Florida, you must seek medical attention from a healthcare professional within the first 14 days after the accident. If you miss this deadline, you will not be able to use your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage.
Florida’s “14-Day Rule” is strictly enforced, so you really must be examined immediately after a truck accident. If you don’t seek immediate medical attention, a hard-to-detect injury could quickly – or slowly – emerge as a serious medical condition.
Schedule A Free Consultation With Our Truck Accident Attorneys
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, contact an experienced attorney at Page & Eichenblatt as soon as possible. Truck accident victims are entitled to compensation for medical costs, lost wages, and all other damages. The truck accident lawyers at Page & Eichenblatt will work tirelessly to ensure you are fully compensated.
Learn more about our legal services and your rights during a free consultation. To book your appointment, call Page & Eichenblatt at (407) 386-1900 or complete the contact form here on our website.