Sean McQuaid and Jonathan Douglas are truck accident attorneys in St Petersburg. Both partners at Battaglia, Russ, Dicus & McQuaid, PA in St. Petersburg. They are specialists in truck accident law. The Firm has been helping victims of truck accidents and their families for over 60 years in the area. Sean and Jonathon always put their clients first and are always concerned about their well-being. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or even been killed in a truck accident, please contact us immediately for help.
Where Do Truck Accidents in St Petersburg Occur?
We have found over the years that I-275 is the most common place for any type of truck accident. Due to the congestion on I-275 near the downtown exits, there is a greater likelihood of an accident. Additionally, we see a lot of truck activity along all of the exits from I-275. There are many commercial properties along the stretch off of the 22nd Ave N exit, including Home Depot and Lowes. The sheer volume of truck traffic causes a lot of problems. That area is one of the most dangerous exits. We also see many smaller accidents all along 4th Street including delivery trucks. Be alert when driving on 34th St. N. It is a major thoroughfare through St. Petersburg. Because of that, many trucks get into accidents at the intersections.
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What Should You Do After a Truck Accident in St. Petersburg?
Truck accidents are never planned or expected and can be severe. The consequences of the accident are often devastating. But, if you are in an accident, follow the steps below. Protect yourself and improve your chances at financial recovery.
Step 1 Contact Law Enforcement
Most people contact law enforcement after an accident with a truck. There should never be a time when you solely exchange information with a truck driver. The St. Petersburg Police Department or the Florida Highway Patrol will respond to investigate. When they finish with their investigation, they will give you a driver’s exchange of information. The final accident/crash report will be available within a few days. Within the accident report will be a determination of fault and a diagram of the accident. This information is crucial to the insurance companies. It assists their investigation and speeds up the handling of the claim.
Step 2 Document the Scene of the Accident
When it comes to a truck accident, a picture is worth a thousand words. While you are at the scene, take as many pictures as possible. You should get pictures of the damage to the truck and all vehicles. You should also try to take pictures of the driver and any passengers. Once you get your vehicle in a safe and well lit place, take better pictures of the damage. These pictures will tell the story of the severity of the accident to the insurance company.
Step 3 Get Witness Contact Information
Once a witness leaves the scene, they are gone forever. If possible, get the name and phone numbers for every witness, driver, and passenger. Do not rely on the police officer to do this task for you. Police officers don’t care about your ability to recover money. They are notorious for omitting people and information from their reports. Protect yourself by doing this simple step by yourself.
Step 4 Seek Medical Treatment Immediately
The most important factor in any truck accident claim is the medical treatment. If you need emergency medical care, immediately go to the hospital or an urgent care center. Your medical bills are covered by insurance, so you should err on the side of caution. If your injuries do not require that type of treatment, you should begin with a specialist as soon as possible. If you need a referral, your truck accident attorney can provide a list of names. It is important that you do not wait to seek medical treatment. The longer that you wait to go, the better the chance that the insurance company will argue that you weren’t injured and will pay you less. Thus, do not give them any excuse not to pay you and get treatment immediately.
Step 5 Report the Incident to Insurance
You have an obligation to report the accident to your own insurance company. This should happen within a reasonable amount of time. Make sure you cooperate with their investigation. You have no obligation to speak to the insurance company for the truck. You also have no obligation to go into detail about your injuries. You also should never give a recorded statement to an insurance company before you speak to a lawyer. All you need to do is to get a claim number and that it is. We’ll handle the rest.
How Much Does a Truck Accident Attorney in St. Petersburg Cost?
All truck accident attorneys in St. Petersburg charge on a contingency basis. The lawyer gets paid a percentage of the money that is allocated for you. If no money won, then you do not owe the lawyer anything. That means that you never have to put any money down, you never have to make payments, and you never have to pay a retainer. This arrangement makes it risk free to hire a lawyer.
The percentages that lawyers charge are also the same. For almost all truck accident claims, the lawyer charges 33% of the recovery if the claim gets settled without a lawsuit. The goal is to pay medical bills, your lawyer, and have a nice amount left over.
When should I call a Lawyer?
The best advice is to speak to an attorney as soon as possible after the accident. Truck accidents are usually serious due to the damage they cause. Semi truck accidents or “Big Rigs” accidents can be very nasty and usually end up with large medical bills. The insurance companies devote massive resources to these incidents. That means that they will send out adjusters and investigators immediately to get a leg up on the claim. These people do not work for you and their goal is to cut the amount of money paid out.
Contact Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas in St. Petersburg
We have handled every type of truck accident case in the area. This means that we have handled many wrongful death claims and serious injury cases. Because we have seen the impact that a truck accident can have on a family, we are compassionate. We know the law and how to handle the insurance companies. More importantly, we know how to help people get back on their feet. If you or a loved one gets in a truck accident, you need a skilled truck accident lawyer. Call our Truck Accident Attorneys for help immediately. Our consultations are always free and we will make ourselves available for you. Call Today 727-381-2300
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