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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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:
- 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.
What 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 https://www..dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/large-truck-and-bus-crash-facts-2016]
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.
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