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Heavy Truck Accidents Can Take a Heavy Toll on Your Finances, But Personal Injury Attorneys in Florida Can Help
Tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, eighteen wheelers, tankers, and big rigs: Florida depends on these heavy commercial vehicles to keep our economy running. However, the mammoth trucks on our state’s highways can easily pose serious dangers to others. When a large truck gets tangled up in an accident, major injuries and even death can occur.
These accidents are not uncommon, either. Large commercial trucks were involved in 31,960 accidents in Florida in 2017, according to the most recently available state reports. Looking at Florida accidents in general, the average passenger car driver is around four times more likely to be seriously hurt or killed in an accident compared to a truck driver. That added risk comes from the fact that tractor-trailers can weigh up to 80,000 lbs, which is over 16 times the weight of a typical passenger car, truck, or SUV. More weight means more force in a collision, leading to serious risks for the smaller vehicles involved.
Fortunately, you may have legal recourse for paying for the costs of your major injuries and other damages after your car accident. If you file a personal injury claim, which can be done with the help of a Florida truck accident lawyer, you can potentially recover all of the costs of your medical bills and treatment from parties who are liable for the truck crash. In some cases, you may also be able to recover compensation for any lost wages as well as lost domestic services, pain, and suffering, or permanent disfigurement.
Our lead personal injury attorney, Steve Hoskins, is Board Certified by the Florida Bar because of his expertise, and he has over 30 years of successfully representing injured clients. Steve Hoskins has skilled and attentive attorney teams to help you file your claim and to fight for your rights. All of our attorneys and associates meet the highest standards for knowledge, skill, and a history of winning cases.
Who Could Be at Fault for Your Florida Truck Accident
Trucking is a complex industry that has become embedded in the foundations of our economy. Every year, 3.6 million heavy-duty commercial vehicles haul 10.5 billion tons — roughly 71% of all freight tonnage moved in the United States. Drivers making these hauls may be self-employed, contractors, full-time fleet employees, or a complicated mix of the above.
As a result of tangled relationships within the trucking industry, determining who could be liable for a truck accident often requires a great degree of legal expertise and experience. Possible at-fault parties can include the driver, the employing hauling company, the freight contractor, the company responsible for maintaining the vehicle, or a combination of any or all of these.
In order to assign fault and claim liability for the costs of a truck accident injury, a Florida personal injury attorney must be able to determine who was negligent and how this negligence directly led to an accident that caused an injury.
Possible types of negligence include driver behaviors, such as getting distracted or failing to check blind spots before merging. The driver’s employing or contracting hauling company may also be liable if it were found to not be enforcing mandatory rules for giving truckers breaks and limiting their weekly hours. The company that is responsible for inspecting trucks and trailers and logging their condition may also be found to have cut corners, resulting in dangerous hazards, like faulty brake lines.
Truck accident injury victims must know exactly who is at fault and why before they can seek compensation for their injury claim. They must be able to produce evidence documenting these negligent actions while citing the laws that they violate. On top of these duties, an injury claim seeker must also provide proof of damages by way of documenting all medical bills and other losses.
All of these responsibilities can be overwhelming and go far beyond the average person’s skill set. In response, semi-truck accident injury victims may wish to seek out representation from a proven personal injury truck accident lawyer who can handle their case, help them strategize, and fight back against defense lawyers who try to help their clients dodge liability.
Steve Hoskins is capable of performing all of these services and more for our clients. For over three decades, we have fought for the rights of our injured clients and worked hard to secure for them the compensation they deserve.
What to Do After Your Truck Accident
- Quickly check on the health status of you and others involved
- Call 911 as soon as possible, requesting a police respondent and ambulances for any injured parties
- Exchange insurance information with the truck driver and any others involved. If possible, ask to see the truck driver’s employee information.
- If you are not immobile, take photos of the accident scene and your injuries. Gather witness statements using your cell phone video recorder.
- Receive medical attention immediately once it is available. Do not refuse an ambulance or an emergency exam if you might be hurt at all. Many injuries do not appear until later.
- Keep all medical bills and other documentation. Ask your supervising healthcare provider to take detailed notes that mention any pain or immobility you may feel.
- Track your expenses directly related to the injury. This can include parking fees as well as absence slips from work. All missed paychecks may be eligible for recovery.
- Strongly consider contacting an experienced truck accident attorney in Florida to represent your injury claim
Do Not Wait Until Your Medical Bills Pile Up or Your Injury Becomes Unbearable; Speak With a Truck Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been injured in an accident with a tractor-trailer or heavy commercial truck, remember that you have the right to work with an attorney to assemble the strongest case possible.
You can contact Steve Hoskins now for a free, private, no-obligation consultation regarding your case. One initial phone call could be the start of a successful injury claim that puts your life back on track.
Contact us today online or by phone at 866-460-1990. You will be put in touch with an attorney who will work at your side, reduce the stress of filing your claim, and guide you towards a proven strategy that has a high chance of successful financial recovery.
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