St. Petersburg Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Accidents involving commercial vehicles can be devastating, and they’re unfortunately common. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 11 people die each day in accidents involving large trucks and an additional 100,000 sustain injuries. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which regulates commercial vehicles, also reports that truck accident injuries have been increasing each year since 2009. What’s driving this alarming trend?

One some level, carelessness is to blame. According to the FMCSA:

Commercial vehicle accidents may involve any large vehicle, from big-rigs, semis, and 18-wheelers to delivery trucks and buses. Accidents involving these types of vehicles are often severe, and a victim’s injuries may require long-term treatment.

 

Legal Considerations in Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Florida follows a no-fault system when it comes to car accidents, but a collision with a commercial vehicle may follow a different process. State law requires all Florida to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) on their own policies. Generally, when you’re involved in a car accident, you file a claim with your own insurance to collect compensation for medical bills and lost wages. While this allows you to receive expedient medical care, it also limits your ability to pursue additional claims against an at-fault driver.

There are certain instances, however, when you may pursue a personal injury claim against an at-fault commercial vehicle driver. These include:

If you think your commercial vehicle accident case qualifies, talk to a lawyer with experience in commercial vehicle law as soon as possible.

Who Is at Fault for My Injuries?

After an injury in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, the first step is to determine who is actually at fault for your injuries. One or more of several parties can be to blame: the driver, their employer, or even the manufacturer of the vehicle they were driving. The following are examples of legal considerations in commercial vehicle accident cases:

Compensation for Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Accidents with commercial vehicles can be some of the most devastating. If such an accident caused you or loved one’s injury, the law offers some protections. You may be able to pursue compensation for:

If you believe you have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit involving a commercial vehicle, contact Williams Law, P.A. Take advantage of our free initial consultation, and let us provide you with guidance in this difficult time. Contact us to schedule yours today.