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Truck Accidents

In a matter of seconds, a truck accident can cause deadly or severe injuries to the other drivers as well as potentially injuring nearby pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists.

The nature of any truck accident usually means the victim is facing an arduous recovery process involving legal battles full of complexities and various parties to work against. These can include trucking companies, multiple victims, insurance companies and aggressive lawyers who are all fighting to give you as little compensation as possible. Hiring an experienced Truck Accident Personal Injury Attorney will help you reach the settlement that you deserve in your time of need.

If you or a loved one has suffered as a victim in a Truck accident, you can turn things around with a Truck Accident Personal Injury claim. You are likely to be entitled to compensation to cover the damages you’ve received, including those you may have not even thought about.

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St Petersburg Truck Accident Attorney

Exceptional Truck Accident Legal Assistance from McQuaid and Douglas

Attempting to earn compensation alone as a truck accident victim is highly advised against and typically will result in a far lower financial result than you can win with the help of a Personal Injury Lawyer. A Truck Accident Attorney knows exactly how to handle these types of cases. They can be a shining light of hope for you when you want to be focusing on recovering and getting your life back on track.

St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorneys McQuaid and Douglas are both partners at Battaglia Ross Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. and are distinguished by their peers, courts and the Tampa community as top-tier lawyers in Personal Injury Law.

McQuaid and Douglas can provide you with the same exceptional standards of legal help that have seen over 15 years of successful cases; including complex, high profile televised cases. For 60 years Battaglia Ross Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. have been providing outstanding legal assistance to the Tampa Bay area. Through this service, it has been ranked as a Tier 1 Law firm by US News and World Reports.

Who Can Be Liable in a Truck Accident Case?

Each accident has different circumstances which determine who can be sued. Typically, in a truck accident, the following can be liable if evidence is present:

  • Truck drivers
  • Transportation Companies
  • Truck Owners
  • Trucking Companies
  • Other motorists involved
  • The company or persons responsible for loading the truck

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are similar to other auto accidents, in that negligence from the driver is a common cause. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states that driver-error plays a role in 31% of truck accidents.

With trucks weighing typically over ten times as much as the average car, truck drivers are required to have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), and two years of driving experience. Unfortunately, accidents still have driver related causes, such as:

  • Tailgating
  • Speeding
  • Distracted Driving (Such as using a cell phone or GPS)
  • Intoxicated Driving (Alcohol or drug use)
  • Drowsy or Fatigued Driving
  • Violating Rules of the Road
  • Reckless Driving
  • Careless Driving

Other common non-driver related causes:

  • Unbalanced Loads
  • Poor Vehicle Standards (Such as damaged or worn tires)
  • Dangerous road conditions (Such as a pothole that should have been fixed or broken guardrails)

When a truck driver is in a wreck that was caused by the reasons listed above, then a truck accident attorney has a strong chance of finding the evidence which can help victims or surviving family members to recover compensation for the damages they have suffered.

Truck Accident LawyerWhat Compensation Can Be Recovered for a Truck Wreck in Florida?

By nature, truck accidents sadly often include fatalities. The FMCSA states that in 2016, 4,213 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes. 55,633 large trucks were involved in injury crashes, and 99,911 were involved in tow-away crashes. [SOURCE]

Fatalities, spinal injuries, brain damage and other severe injuries are common and survivors and victims deserve the full compensation possible.

If you’ve lost a loved one, compensation can include:

  • Funeral costs
  • Medical expenses, including therapy
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of a parent
  • Lost companionship
  • Pain and suffering

If your loved one was an insured driver, funeral coverage of up to $10,000 may be possible to claim through their own Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance.

Non-fatal truck accident injury compensation can include:

  • Medical bills
  • Missed wages
  • Damage to future income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Damage to plans

The ‘Statute of Limitations’ Deadline

As with Auto Accidents, truck accident claims have a time limit. The deadline is four years from the initial accident date for a personal injury claim and two years from the date of a fatality, in a wrongful death claim.

This deadline can often be overlooked and leave victims without the time to recover the losses they deserve. By hiring a Truck Accident Lawyer as soon as possible, you’ll avoid that scenario. A lawyer will get to work immediately and proceed with legal action in a timely manner.

The Race Against Trucking Companies

Legal deadlines are not the only reason to act quickly. Most truck companies are large and wealthy. They won’t waste time waiting to hire lawyers and experts who will collect and sometimes even destroy evidence in support of their defense. They will utilize investigators and attorneys to gather as much information as possible.

If you go alone, you’ll struggle to handle their power. It’s likely you’ll be attempting to learn the laws of your case while caring for an injured loved one. Don’t make the mistake of overlooking an experienced attorney. The financial gains that are possible through their work can be extremely rewarding.

Are Florida Trucks Required to Carry Insurance?

Yes. Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations obligate commercial trucks traveling to have at least $750,000 of insurance for bodily injury and property damage resulting from trucking accidents.

It should be noted that in Florida the ‘No Fault’ law also exists. This is an agreement between Insurance companies and the Florida Legislature. It means regardless of being at fault, the insurance companies are required to provide coverage for their insured drivers. Florida is just one of many states that has the ‘No Fault’ law.

Why You Should Hire a Truck Accident Attorney:

Through our years of experience, we’ve witnessed first hand how hard of a time this is for you. Working with a top rated Personal Injury Lawyer will remove the stresses and responsibility that you don’t need right now. We will:

  • Be your advocate throughout the entire process
  • Remove the burden of the legal battle
  • Acquire and utilize the necessary evidence
  • Tackle the daunting insurance and trucking companies
  • Understand and untangle all legal complexities on your behalf
  • A thorough examination of all the ways you’ve suffered
  • Give you the best chance for a successful case with our expert knowledge

If you or someone close has suffered in a truck accident, don’t wait to fall behind the negligent party. Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas can talk to you today to start on recovering the damages you deserve.


I was involved in an accident in Bradenton, not even the St. Pete area! I was hit by a large truck, injured and my truck totaled! Mr. McQuaid was extremely helpful, from everything to follow ups, keeping me informed, making sure I had what I needed. He definitely looks out for his clients and has their best interest in mind! He made me feel very comfortable, and was genuinely concerned with my health and well being! He even went over and above a few times to help me! His staff is just as professional and helpful as he was! I give him and his staff a standing ovation! Thank you for all your help and everything you did to help and take care of me and my case! I know who I'm calling with any future issues that I need handled in a prompt and professional manor! Thank you again for all your help!read more
Sister Sara
15:15 19 Sep 19
I am happy to recommend Sean McQuaid to others who are looking for a car accident attorney. My family and I were injured in a car accident when visiting St. Petersburg. Mr. McQuaid was extremely knowledgeable and assisted us with every step along the way. We were very pleased with the results given the circumstances.
Chester Fun
23:06 02 Sep 19
I'm very happy that I chose Mr. McQuaid to represent me after the car accident. This was my first time dealing with this sort of problem and didn't know exactly where to start, but Mr. McQuaid stepped in and pointed me in the right direction. He set me up with all the necessary medical appointments and got the ball rolling. He handled all the paperwork and kept me updated. He is very professional and I highly advise anyone who needs a great Attorney to choose Mr. McQuaid.
Richard Drude
16:31 27 Aug 19
I love mcquaid hes been my attorney for years now. He is great with solving cases and hes good with working with his client's best interests hes a real deal big dog!!! I love them and I would refer everyone that needs a criminal or personal injury lawyer to mcquaid!!
Hynita Mitchell
13:52 26 Aug 19
I was injured in a car accident a couple of years ago. The woman who rear-ended me had minimal insurance coverage, so it was not enough to cover the costs of care I needed due to my injures. I had a severe neck injury and injured both of my TM joints. I suffered from major headaches and neck pain. Despite my treating doctors indicating that I have permanent injures, my own auto insurer refused the demand for my own underinsured motorist coverage. As a result of the denial by my insurance company, Mr. Douglas filed suit on my behalf. He and his staff were wonderful to work with. They were super responsive and walked me through the entire process. He was able to obtain a good settlement for me. I would highly recommend Mr. Douglas, and his law more
Laurel Harris
21:14 03 Aug 19
Great experience as always, Sean expedited my settlement with speed and professionalism while keeping me informed the whole time couldn't ask for anything more I highly recommend their services
Daniel Huddleson
20:02 26 Jun 19
Sean and his whole team are great! Very knowledgeable, professional, and most of all honest. This was my first time being in a situation like this and I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. Once hired, I was at ease throughout the whole process knowing Sean was in my corner and fighting for me. Always keeping me in the loop of what was going on as well as being a straight shooter, with tons of experience and insight, allowed me to be able to make the best decisions for me and my family. Would definitely recommend!
Kevin Frye
20:32 12 May 19
Thank You Sean McQuaid, Suzanne Sanchez and Sandy Calvert for being so professional and personal. It felt like I was going to talk to a family member. You have a Top Notch Firm. My everyone be BLESSED.
Lorraine Johnsommitchell
04:33 09 May 19
My attorneys Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas were always the most professional, caring, and compassionate legal team to me. They represented me impeccably because they got to know me personally, thus they were able to relay my injuries and truly speak on my behalf and all that I had been through. I would highly recommend them.
Julia Withrow
20:10 24 Mar 19
I could honestly say with confidence that this is the best law firm in Saint Petersburg! Sean and his firm work as a team to make sure they take care of you personally, and financially. They where very accommodating from the first day. They consistently kept me updated through the process and answered any questions I had either same day or the next. In addition, they where able to cut hospital and doctors bills nearly in half creating more money for my pocket. 10/10!
Mazen Khalil
15:46 12 Mar 19
I would like to thank Johnathon Douglas, Suzanne Sanchez and Sandy Calvert for their outstanding work on my recent auto accident case. I was so impressed with their attention to every detail to make sure there was the very best possible outcome in the case. They were always so quick to respond to every email containing my list of questions and recommended excellent physicians for my care. I highly recommend this firm if you ever need any type of legal assistance. They are all top notch people and wonderful to have on your side!
Laura Guest
02:47 05 Mar 19
Sean McQuaid and his paralegal Suzanne Sanchez handled my personal injury case with compassion, expertise and excellence. I was more than pleased with the outcome and couldn’t have had a more competent team! I recommend Sean and Suzanne for anyone that is looking for personal injury legal assistance. Thank you, Sean and Susanne!
Leslie Driscoll
22:43 12 Feb 19
Sean McQuaid is the best. I'm able to sleep at night anytime he's handling any one of my legal matters. He answers your questions and returns phone calls promptly (once while he was on vacation with his family). Thank you Sean.
Marilyn Lewis
23:08 31 Jan 19
Seasoned professionals capable of handling any level of business/personal endeavor to their client's satisfaction. The ONLY law firm I call or recommend. Sean McQuaid is our go-to lawyer for all of my family's needs over the past two decades - he gets results.
jay johnson
22:58 31 Jan 19
I recently was involved in a motorcycle accident and I immediately contacted Johnathan Douglas . He was very prompt and moved quikly to set up medical advisors that were able to help me. Johnathan was there every step of the way, sometimes on a daily basis. Johnathan is very passionate about his work and is second to none and is very professional. He was able to reach a settlement in my case that I was vey pleased with. I would highly recommend Johnathan to anyone that needs the best representation for your particular needs and he deserves a 5 star rating for sure. Trust me Johnathan will not more
Gene Maxwell
19:37 27 Jan 19
We would like to thank McQuaid & Douglas for the best possible settlement in my husband's Personal Injury case.During this difficult time Sean and Suzanne were there for us through every step of the process. Anytime we had questions or needed updates on the case they quickly responded. We highly recommend them!
Jennifer Rice
16:23 13 Dec 18
Iam very satisfied with my lawyer, Sean McQuaid. He was well informed and smart. He was also helpful and kind. I highly recommend him!
Lubna Hameed
20:13 03 Nov 18
Awesome attorney! Sean McQuaid had my charge dropped. He was on top of every detail. Great experience. Will definetly go to him in a heartbeat if I ever have any legal matters. Will recommend to family/friends.
Brittany 8189
19:58 16 Oct 18
Jonathon Douglas is an amazing attorney. There is no question that Jonathon and his team deserve a 5 star rating. They worked tirelessly to get a great result for me.
Joshua Hale
18:08 07 Sep 18
Jonathon Douglas was there for me and my family in our time of need. If you are looking for an attorney who gets results, look no further. I highly recommend Jonathon.
Bjorn Erickson
18:06 07 Sep 18
Attorney Jonathon Douglas has always been a valuable resource to all things legal for me and my family. However, legal expertise is not the only attribute that defines this lawyer. He has that additional quality of a humane perspective that isn't taught or learned, it's innate. You can find any attorney on the web or TV, but few will cut to the core of your needs as adeptly and compassionately as Jonathon.
ben boyle
15:18 05 Sep 18
I was recently in a car accident and contacted St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney Jonathon Douglas. The very next day, he got things rolling and put me in touch with medical providers who really helped me. Jonathon was able to quickly move my case forward and reach a settlement that I was very happy with. I would recommend Jonathon Douglas to anyone and everyone.
Scott James
20:54 24 Aug 18
Definitely A five star attorney and very professional Randy M Harris
Randy Harris
20:21 29 Jul 18
If you want and need a great attorney that knows and cares, Sean McQuaid would be the person you want on your side. He shoots straight from the hip with no guessing games. Gets the job done in your favor! Thank you Mr McQuaid!
McMillan's Appliance Plus LLC
17:35 06 Jul 18
If you're looking for a excellent attorney look no further, Sean is hands down the BEST. I've used him several times he has ALWAYS exceeded my expectations. He's very well known and respected amongst the Pinellas country courts, Sean will truly go to bat for you when it matters. Most importantly he's a lawyer with honesty and integrity would HIGHLY recommend to anybody in need.
Dan Tellone
15:44 25 Jun 18
He did a great job I would use him as my lawyer in the future if needed and I would definitely recommend him to my family and friends. Thanks for everything you did for me I appreciate everything! King
Carrie King
03:19 17 Feb 18
Sean McQuaid is an amazing attorney. He has worked with me on 2 cases. Both of which I was extremely satisfied with the outcome. During the entire process, he always kept me up to date and was easy to get ahold of. If I had questions, he would always get back to me right away. He made going through a difficult time much less stressful. And for that I am truly grateful.
Alicia Liberatore
04:58 08 Dec 17
Sean McQuaid and his team where extremely professional and very forthcoming. His response time to requests is impeccable. He is fair, very compassionate and very thorough. He was very protective of myself and my care. He followed through weekly and often daily with my physicians to ensure I received the best care. Thank you, Sean for such an amazing outcome to what was a very difficult time in my life.
Jennifer Fintz
15:51 17 Nov 17
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