Palm Harbor Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer
When a semi-truck collides with a car, the impact often causes severe damage to the car and serious injury to the people inside. A passenger vehicle simply cannot withstand a semi-truck’s enormous size and weight, which is often 20-to-30 times heavier than a car.
Unfortunately, truck accidents are common in Palm Harbor and throughout Florida and the United States. According to a report from the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are approximately 5,000 fatal accident involving large trucks every year in the U.S. Florida has the sad distinction of consistently being one of the leading states for large truck fatal accidents.
If you have been seriously injured in a recent semi-truck accident in or around Palm Harbor, you may be facing many difficulties. Your physical injuries may be causing pain and suffering. They may make it difficult or impossible for you to work or enjoy many of the activities you used to enjoy. They may require ongoing medical treatment and care that can be very expensive and anxiety-producing.
Having helped hundreds of Florida accident victims through the years, the Dennis Hernandez Palm Harbor truck accident lawyers understand these difficulties and know how hard it is to deal with all the challenges that come up when you are severely injured. We know we can’t make your pain go away, if your accident was caused or partially caused by someone else’s negligence, we can help you obtain justice and the substantial financial compensation that will help relieve the financial stress caused by your injury.
To get caring, expert advice from an experienced Palm Harbor truck accident lawyer, please call us at 855-529-3366 or fill out the contact form on this page for a FREE CASE EVALUATION.
Am I Eligible to Receive Compensation in Palm Harbor for My Semi-Truck Accident Injuries?
To bring a successful legal action against a truck driver or other potentially liable parties and receive financial compensation for your injuries, you and your lawyer must show that:
- You were seriously injured in the accident.
- Someone else (one or more people and/or one or more businesses) was negligent.
- Their negligence caused or contributed to the accident.
A Dennis Hernandez semi-truck accident lawyer has the resources and experience to thoroughly investigate your accident and find out which parties may have been at fault. In a semi-truck accident, there are many parties who may have been negligent. These include:
- The truck driver
- The owner of the semi-truck
- The owner of the load the truck was carrying
- The manufacturer of the truck
- The manufacturer of truck parts, such as the tires and brakes
- The people or businesses responsible for maintaining and repairing the truck and its parts
- The people or businesses responsible for loading the semi-truck and doing a pre-trip inspection.
A Dennis Hernandez Palm Harbor semi-truck accident lawyer will identify all possible negligent parties to ensure that you are able to obtain the maximum compensation available.
What Are Some Common Causes of Driver Negligence in Palm Harbor Semi-Truck Accidents?
All drivers, including commercial semi-truck drivers, have a responsibility to use reasonable care when they are driving on the road. When drivers cause accidents because they are not driving safely, they may be held liable for any injuries and property damage that the accidents cause.
Truck drivers may be negligent and, therefore, liable for truck accident injuries if they were driving while fatigued and speeding, impaired or otherwise, not driving cautiously. Drivers are often under a lot of pressure to drive long hours so that they can reach their destinations faster. They may take chances by driving too fast for the road conditions or by continuing to drive even when they are extremely drowsy. They may take over-the-counter or illegal drugs to try to stay alert.
Distracted driving also causes truck accidents. Research conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows that commercial truck drivers are more than 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash or a near-miss if they are texting while driving. Drivers going at 55 mph who take their eyes off the road to look at their phones for only 4.6 seconds will travel the length of a football field without looking at the road.
If the semi driver in your accident was at fault, an experienced Palm Harbor semi-truck accident lawyer from our law firm will investigate the accident thoroughly and gather proof of the driver’s negligence. We will then build a strong case holding the driver liable for damages and showing you deserve substantial compensation for your injuries.
What Are Other Common Causes of Palm Harbor Semi-Truck Accidents?
In addition to driver fatigue, distraction, and impairment, issues with the truck itself often cause accidents. These include:
- Manufacturing defects in the truck or its parts
- Inadequate inspection, maintenance, or repair of parts of the truck
- Cargo that is not properly loaded or secured
- Dangerous road, weather, or traffic conditions
Problems with the tires or brakes can be especially dangerous. However, whatever the truck part, an individual’s or company’s (as in a truck part manufacturer or a trucking company) negligence led to the accident, and under Florida law, they can be held legally and financially responsible for the damages their negligence caused.
An Experienced Palm Harbor Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help You Get Full, Fair Compensation
An experienced, dedicated Palm Harbor Dennis Hernandez semi-truck accident lawyer will fight for your right to the full, fair compensation you deserve for all of the economic and non-economic damages you have suffered and may suffer in the future because of your accident injuries. These damages may include:
- Your current and future medical expenses, including hospital stays, office visits, medical procedures, medications, assistive devices, rehabilitative care and transportation to appointments
- Income lost because of your inability to work or to work in the same capacity you used to
- Diminished earning capacity in the future
- Physical pain and suffering
- Scarring, disability and disfigurement
- Diminished capacity to enjoy life
- Mental anguish, stress and anxiety
- Your family’s loss of your companionship, assistance and guidance
- Other damages recoverable under Florida law
We will negotiate aggressively with the at-fault party’s or parties’ insurance companies, gather evidence to build a compelling case, never accept a settlement offer that is less than you deserve, and be ready to fight for your rights in the courtroom, if necessary. We never back down and never give up!
Give us a call at 855-529-3366 or fill out the FREE CASE EVALUATION form on this page to get started on your case. Our expert advice and legal services are FREE until we win your case.