Laws Governing Trucking Accidents

Legal responsibility for truck accidents is controlled by the law of negligence. A truck driver who violates the rules of the road or who drives unsafely is negligent. Truck drivers, like all other drivers, must obey state and local traffic laws. In addition, truck drivers and trucking companies are subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, a comprehensive set of rules covering a variety of subjects, including driver qualifications, alcohol and drug testing, limitations on drivers’ working hours, and vehicle inspection and maintenance. Abogados de accidentes in The Felicetti Law Firm can assist you in receiving compensation for negligence

The truck driver, his trucking company and the insurance company are financially responsible for the injuries and damages that the driver causes. Federal law requires trucking companies engaging in interstate commerce to have at least $750,000 of liability insurance to pay for injuries or damages caused by drivers. Many trucking companies have one million dollars or more of liability insurance. Trucking companies transporting hazardous materials must have five million dollars in liability insurance.

Our lawyers and our staff interview the investigating officers, the eyewitnesses, and the emergency medical personnel. We photograph the vehicles and the scene of the accident and take measurements of the vehicles and at the scene. The law firm also frequently work with qualified and trained accident reconstructionists who examine the physical evidence and give expert opinions regarding the cause of the accident. These experts can often substantiate or corroborate eyewitness testimony and help win the case.

When you are injured because someone else was negligent, you are entitled to be compensated for your injuries and damages. When the injuries result in death, the compensation is paid to surviving family members. Most states have laws specifying the survivors who are entitled to receive compensation. In Florida, compensation is paid to the surviving spouse and children. When a child is killed, compensation goes to the parents.

Most states have laws specifying the type and nature of compensation that is paid to the survivors in a wrongful death case. In Florida, compensation in a wrongful death case is paid for economic loss (including loss of future earnings, medical expenses and funeral expenses), for the pain and suffering of the deceased prior to his death and for the loss of love, affection and companionship suffered by the survivors.

If you have been injured or a member of your family has been killed in a truck accident you may want to contact us to investigate your case. There is no charge for a consultation and we do not charge an attorneys’ fee unless we are successful in your case and you recover compensation.