Skilled Legal Counsel for Commercial Vehicle & Trucking Accidents
Commercial vehicle and trucking accidents can be destructive, causing debilitating injuries and fatalities that instantly change the course of their victims’ lives. These accidents differ from traditional motor vehicle crashes due to their sheer size and weight and the unique regulations and laws that apply to these types of vehicles. State and federal regulations and laws are put in place to ensure road safety, and when they are not followed, it can lead to tragic accidents.
If a commercial vehicle or trucking accident has left you seriously injured or if you have lost a loved one, you should have experienced legal representation to advocate on your behalf. The dedicated attorneys at Mapp & Parker, P.A. have the compassion and the tenacity needed to help you and your family rebuild their lives. Call us to discuss building a case to get you the compensation your need and deserve.
Commercial Vehicles and Trucks are used for Business Purposes for Transporting Goods or Passengers. Examples Include:
- Box Trucks
- Cargo Vans
- Pick-Up Trucks
- Garbage Trucks
- Motor Coaches
- Buses and Minibuses
- Heavy Equipment
- Street Sweepers
- Fire Trucks
- Rental Vehicles
- Cement Mixers
Investigating an Accident
As in any civil litigation case, the at-fault party or parties in a commercial vehicle or trucking accident are responsible for paying for the damages. Damages for the injured include medical costs, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, property damage, and pain and suffering. A deceased’s family is entitled to additional compensation in a wrongful death claim.
A thorough investigation is necessary to determine liability and accurately assess an accident’s damages. It includes examining driver records, inspecting the vehicle for mechanical failures, and reviewing any surveillance footage. In addition, the police reports and the victim’s medical records are vital information. It is essential to seek legal counsel after a commercial vehicle or trucking accident as soon as possible to ensure that evidence is preserved, and witness information is gathered.
Many commercial vehicles have an event recorder, also known as a “black box,” similar to commercial airplanes. They can provide crucial information for the investigation. Florida state and federal guidelines mandate logs and record keeping for certain commercial drivers, which can also aid the investigation process. Drivers are permitted to operate a vehicle for specific times and must adhere to commercial vehicle regulations, such as weight and cargo limits.
Common Injuries Associated with Commercial Vehicles:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Internal Injuries
- Neck and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Wrongful Death
Commercial vehicle and trucking accidents are generally negligent actions, such as driving while fatigued or exceeding weight limits. There may be many other contributing factors, such as distracted driving, operator error, failure to adjust to road or weather conditions, intoxication, failure to train drivers correctly, and poor vehicle maintenance.
Multiple parties may be liable for compensation in an accident, including the commercial vehicle operator and potentially the manufacturer of the vehicle and its parts. An employer may be responsible for a driver’s actions and the safety of the vehicle they own. Other possible at-fault parties may be the government entity that designs or maintains the roadways or the owner or loader of the cargo.
Get Help from a Central Florida Personal Injury Attorney Who Cares
If you or a loved one have been involved in a commercial vehicle or trucking accident, it is crucial to seek legal counsel immediately. At Mapp & Parker, P.A., our legal team has extensive experience in negligence cases. We can assist with navigating the complexities of the investigation and ensure that you receive proper compensation for the losses incurred. Our attorneys are well-versed in applicable state and federal laws and regulations for commercial vehicles and trucks. We aggressively negotiate with major insurance carriers and are always prepared to present a case in a court of law.
Dedicated to One Client at a Time
Mapp & Parker, P.A. is a small law firm that makes a big difference. We care personally for our clients and are fully committed to every case. Getting the attention and treatment you deserve is the first step toward a successful outcome. We are here for you when you need us most. Call Mapp & Parker, P.A. to schedule a Free Consultation at 407-894-1285.