Truck accidents are incredibly serious, and carry the risk of severe damage. Even more minor injuries can leave you struggling financially, and it's important that you recover fully. Our St Petersburg truck accident attorney will fight the trucking companies and insurance companies on the other side to make sure that you and your family get the compensation you deserve.
Did you know that Pinellas County experiences more than 7,000 auto accidents in an average year, and more than 3 dozen car crash related fatalities in a year are reported regularly? It's true, and while the roads here are well maintained and most residents are careful, sometimes accidents occur.
Those accidents are even more dangerous when a tractor trailer is involved, and accidents involving a commercial truck can lead to significant personal injuries including things like:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Permanent disability
The heavier size and high rate of speeds of a commercial truck accident can destroy passenger cars and leave the motorists inside seriously injured. If you've been hurt in one of these kinds of accidents, contact us today. We'll fight the powerful companies that may be trying to prevent you from getting what you're owed.
Can You Seek Compensation?
Under Florida law, those who are involved in an auto accident can seek financial compensation for their injuries if they can show that the other party is responsible and that they acted in a negligent or reckless manner. In a trucking accident, 'negligent or reckless' can mean a very wide range of things. Some examples include:
- Drunk driving
- Failure to observe safety regulations and traffic laws
- Hauling a load that is larger than legally allowed
- Driving longer than legally allowed
- Failure to maintain a commercial truck properly
- Distracted driving
US law actually has numerous regulations governing truckers, and when these are violated, there is even greater chance that you can seek compensation. Speaking to a professional attorney is the best way to determine whether or not you have legal rights, and our team can quickly tell you after a short consultation.
Damages You Could Receive
The damages awarded in a settlement for a St Petersburg truck accident vary greatly depending upon the circumstances of the accident. However, a few basic elements are often used by attorneys to show what you deserve.
- Medical bills
- Future potential medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future potential lost wages
- Pain and suffering compensation
- Punitive damages
- Property replacement costs
All in all, your settlement could include each of the above points and more. Your St Petersburg truck accident attorney will help you understand more about what potential settlement amounts you might receive, and then we'll start fighting to get you what you deserve.
What You Should Know About Trucking Companies
Truck accident lawsuits differ from passenger car auto accident lawsuits in numerous ways. However, there are two primary things that you should know when thinking of seeking compensation.
The first is that trucking companies can actually be held liable for your injuries along with or instead of the driver. If the trucking company is shown to have violated the regulations mentioned above, you could sue them for damages. Some examples of this include companies that:
- Force drivers to exceed legally allowed limitations on driving
- Set up incentives that encourage unsafe activities
- Don't require or maintain driver logbooks
- Force drivers to haul heavier-than-allowed loads
- Don't maintain their vehicles correctly
This could mean that you are able to receive settlements larger than normal, as things like punitive damages are often more common when filing a claim against a company.
However, what it can also mean is that it's harder to actually get the settlement you're looking for or even one at all. The reason? Big trucking companies and the insurance companies working with them have armies of lawyers and plenty of money to back them up.
This means that they can easily push around the little guy, making it harder for you to get what you're owed. As such, you need help standing up to them and getting what you deserve. Our law firm has a reputation for fighting for our clients and decades of experience getting results.
We're not afraid to fight for you, and we'll stand up and get you what you're owed so you can focus on your physical health instead of worrying about your finances. Contact us today for your free case review.
The lawyers of Shapiro Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh have the firm belief that justice pays.