How a Lawyer Can Help After a Commercial Vehicle Accident in Florida

You may not know who is liable or how to file a claim to get the compensation you need after a commercial vehicle accident. An experienced attorney can help you understand what you need to do to move forward.

Our experienced personal injury lawyers will guide you through the legal aspects of your case, explain how Florida law applies to your case, and help you get full and fair compensation.

We will handle all aspects of determining who is at fault, gathering evidence, obtaining information about available insurance coverage, and fighting for a fair outcome in your case – even if that means taking it to trial.

Areas We Serve

Our office is based in Tampa; however, Wagner, McLaughlin & Whittemore has successfully represented victims of commercial vehicle accidents and other personal injury cases throughout Florida, including the following cities:

  • Clearwater
  • St. Petersburg
  • Ft. Lauderdale
  • Bradenton
  • Key West
  • Brandon
  • Orlando
  • Sarasota
  • Boca Raton
  • Lakeland
  • Naples
  • Fort Myers
  • Cape Coral
  • Miami
  • West Palm Beach
  • Jacksonville

Who Can I Sue in a Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawsuit?

Some of the types of commercial vehicles that might be involved in your lawsuit include:

  • Amazon delivery trucks and vans
  • Uber or Lyft cars
  • Taxicabs
  • UPS and FedEx trucks
  • Dump trucks
  • Tanker trucks
  • Cargo vans
  • Work vehicles
  • Delivery vans
  • Garbage trucks
  • Construction vehicles
  • Tractor-trailers
  • Semi-trucks
  • 18-wheelers

Understanding Florida Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawsuits

You must prove certain elements to file a successful commercial vehicle accident lawsuit in Florida. First, you must show that the other driver is at fault for causing the accident.

Then, you must have evidence of your injuries and damages that were caused by the accident.

Negligence in Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Your Tampa truck and commercial vehicle accident lawyer can help you prove that the other party was at fault for the accident and negligent in causing it.

When a person is negligent, they are liable for the damages caused by that negligence.

Some examples of negligence or reckless driving behaviors include, but are not limited to:

  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence
  • Failing to yield
  • Running a red light or stop sign
  • Distracted driving
  • Following too closely
  • Making an illegal turn
  • Fatigued driving
  • Failure to take required breaks
  • Failure to maintain commercial vehicle

How Are Economic Damages Determined?

You must also prove that the at-fault driver’s negligence caused your damages. This can be done with medical records, expert opinions, and other evidence supporting your claim.

It’s important to know that Florida personal injury cases allow you to collect past, present, and future losses related to your commercial vehicle accident claim.

Your truck accident attorneys can review your losses and determine what your case is worth so you can get the maximum compensation possible under the facts of your case.

Some examples of economic damages for which you can be compensated after a Florida commercial vehicle accident crash include:

  • Past, present, and future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Home health care services
  • Property damage
  • Lost profits from your business
  • Travel expenses

What Are Non-Economic Damages?

In addition to out-of-pocket expenses, you can also recover non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering and the loss of the enjoyment of life caused by the accident. However, you must have a permanent injury to recover non-economic losses. Permanent injuries include:

  • Significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function
  • Permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability
  • Significant and permanent scarring or disfigurement
  • Death

If you or a loved one has a permanent injury after a commercial vehicle accident in Florida, then a personal injury lawyer can help you get the damages you need to pay your bills and to which you are entitled under the law.

Evidence in Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Your commercial vehicle accident lawyers will work to get crucial evidence to support your case. Some unique types of evidence are available in commercial vehicle cases, including:

  • A truck’s black box
  • Driving logs
  • Maintenance records
  • Traffic camera footage
  • Witness statements
  • Photos and videos of the scene
  • Expert testimony (including accident reconstructionists and medical experts)
  • Medical bills
  • Lost earning records

Injured in a Commercial Vehicle Accident in Tampa? Call WMW Today

Injuries in commercial vehicle accidents can be catastrophic because of the size of the vehicles involved. Recovering physically and financially can be overwhelming. Your health should be your priority while we handle the rest.

The Tampa commercial vehicle lawyers at WMW will stand by your side and fiercely fight for you. We know Florida personal injury laws and will use them to support your claim to maximize your recovery.

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