Port Charlotte is filled with businesses large and small, and all of them rely on the commercial trucking industry to move goods to and from their location. A truck accident can be one of the most severe and may come with long recovery times. Our lawyers stand up to the big trucking companies and fight for the injured to get what they deserve. We don't back down, and we will fight for you to make sure they pay.
A truck accident can bring serious injuries, and the heavier mass of a commercial truck means that when it strikes a passenger car, the occupants have a higher risk of injuries like:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Permanent disability
- Loss of limbs
The physical recovery is difficult, but the process of recovering financially can also place a heavy toll on you. As such, it's important that you take the time to get help. Contacting us to speak to a Port Charlotte truck accident attorney is one of the most important things you can do for your recovery. We'll take the fight to the other side to get you what you're owed.
Can You Sue?
Under Florida law, those injured in a trucking accident can file a personal injury lawsuit if they can show that the truck crash was caused through the reckless or negligent actions of the other driver. In a commercial truck accident, this can often include even more things than a standard passenger car accident including:
- Drunk driving or driving while on drugs
- Failure to follow all applicable traffic laws
- Distracted driving
- Hauling a load too heavy to be legal
- Driving beyond the number of hours legally allowed of commercial drivers
Your attorney will consider all of these factors to build your case and show that you deserve compensation in a Port Charlotte truck accident lawsuit. What Damages Are You Owed? A truck accident can lead to serious injuries that can be very difficult to recover from. Those injuries can come with heavy financial costs as well, and can leave you struggling to make ends meet - especially when you're out of work trying to recover physically.
A fair settlement in a truck accident lawsuit can include a variety of different things including:
- Lost wages including future potential lost wages due to your injuries
- Medical bills including future potential medical bills
- Compensation for your pain and suffering
- Punitive damages used to punish the person responsible and set an example
It's important to trust in your Port Charlotte truck accident attorney here since determining what the true cost of your injuries will be can be difficult. We consult with numerous experts to arrive at a figure that will help you get your life back to where it would have been had the accident never occurred.
What About The Trucking Company?
One thing that bears special mention in a Port Charlotte truck accident is the fact that the trucking company itself can play a significant role in your lawsuit. There are two ways that this is true.
The first is that the trucking company can actually be held liable for your injuries in certain situations. Specifically, if it's shown that they took steps that forced drivers to violate laws or act unsafely, they may be held liable. Examples include:
- Failure to maintain proper driver logs
- Forcing drivers to meet quotas that required unsafe driving
- Forcing drivers to exceed the legally allotted number of hours driven
- Requiring drivers to haul loads larger than legally allowed
- Failure to maintain vehicles for safety
- And more
In short, the trucking company could very well be a key factor in causing an accident and if so, you may be able to sue them.
However, this also means that trucking companies will be more likely to fight against your right to seek restitution. They may use their deeper pockets and high-priced legal teams to bully you and try to force you to not seek restitution. Our lawyers stand up to the trucking companies and fight for the little guys. If you've been injured in a trucking accident, contact us today. We'll fight tirelessly for you and make them pay.
The lawyers of Shapiro Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh have the firm belief that justice pays.