Accidents involving trucks and other large commercial vehicles can cause more harm than a regular passenger collision would. Injuries sustained in truck accidents are often severe due to the sheer weight and load of the vehicle. These accidents are more of a headache due to the volume of people and entities involved. The question of liability can be bounced around for months or even years after a wreck. If you’ve been injured or had property damage due to a truck accident, then don’t delay in calling a lawyer to help you down what can be a complex road. The Sarasota truck accident lawyers at Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A., will guide you through the prospects of your potential lawsuit and get you the money you deserve. Call 813-250-0000 to schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation with a truck accident lawyer.
How a Sarasota semi truck accident attorney can help you.
For decades our Sarasota law firm has focused on helping injured clients who have been injured in collisions with trucks. We understand the trauma that can be caused by such injuries and that is why we want to work so hard to help you get back on track.
Our truck accident lawyers will aggressively seek all of the compensation for damages that are rightfully yours. Don’t forget that the losses suffered from the immediate accident can snowball into other costs and such losses can stay with you long after a wreck. Depending upon the particular circumstances of your truck accident and the type and extent of your injuries, the types of losses that we may be able to recover on your behalf include current medical bills, future medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and non-economic losses such as mental injury.
An injury in a truck accident can result in more than financial ruin. Mental anguish and physical pain. Your life and family can be torn apart by such events, and you may also suffer mental anguish if permanently maimed as a result of the accident. Our expert Sarasota truck accident lawyers calculate the true costs of your accident, these important losses will be factored in.
Injuries commonly sustained in truck accidents:
You are no match for a truck during a collision. Truck accidents can lead to injuries that may require years of recovery time if you are able to recover from them at all. Some of the injuries caused by someone else’s negligence are the following:
Head and brain injuries: When you’ve suffered a serious brain or head injury as the result of a truck accident, you may also lose your livelihood. Traumatic brain injuries can cause permanent disability, as you may find yourself unaware of how to tie your shoes, much less work as the productive member of society that you once were. All of that suffering because someone else could not do the right thing. You do not want to lose your livelihood by not pursuing damages owed to you. This wreck may cause you to be without work for the rest of your life. You may also have substantial medical bills that could very easily bankrupt you. You need a lawyer to help secure your family’s future no matter how great the injury was.
You should never wait to seek out treatment after a brain/head trauma. Whilst you may not be showing symptoms now, you may in the future, and they may be worse than what they would have been without initial treatment. You need to see a doctor asap after a wreck, that way your injuries can be properly documented and that will allow your attorney to properly assess the blame in the case of a negligent individual. Protect your health as much as you can by seeking medical treatment as soon as the accident occurs.
If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic brain or head injury in a truck accident involving negligence, then let Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A., offer you a free, no-obligation initial consultation. There is no risk in having your case reviewed by a qualified Sarasota truck accident attorney. Let us help you through the ordeal. Don’t delay, call today!
Back and neck injuries: These types of injuries are common in truck accidents. They may range from seemingly minor muscle strains to catastrophic spinal cord damage that changes a victim’s life forever. What is more, truck accident victims with spinal injuries may face whole body function loss as a result of a wreck, the partial or complete loss of the ability to move below the spinal cord injury, and other life-altering complications.
Back and neck injuries may also result in strains that affect your range of motion or are very painful, which can prevent you from taking care of daily tasks or going to work each day. Many victims suffer job loss as the result of such injuries. Ask yourself this, do I want to let the negligent party away with ruining my families life? If you answered no, then you should call us at Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A. if you have fight left in you, then we will be right at your side, until the end.
If you’ve suffered a neck or back injury in your accident, your medical costs can tally up quickly, leaving you overwhelmed and in emotional distress. The semi-truck accident lawyers at Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A., will take care of the paperwork, insurance company communications, and negotiations to get you the compensation you deserve for these costs, all we ask is that you focus on getting better so we can win the case with you by our side.
When you’ve lost a loved one due to a truck accident.
Deaths caused by trucking accidents tally into the thousands each year. Our skilled attorneys know that no amount of money can truly compensate for the loss of a loved one in such a tragedy, but you have the option to pursue a wrongful death case against the negligent party. We know that it is wrong to quantify loss, but we will get every penny we can in your loved one’s name.
Our attorneys will work tirelessly to investigate your claim. They will also do whatever is in their power to identify each party who may have some responsibility for the loss of your loved one. With your blessing, we will fight for damages owed to you, including these and more:
- Medical expenses for treatment provided to your loved one
- Funeral expenses
- Your non-economic losses, such as mental suffering, grief, and loss of companionship.
Causes of accidents involving large commercial trucks.
Most accidents with a truck may have the same contributing factors as other types of vehicular accidents, but there are many that are unique to commercial trucking. Some of the causes of truck accidents can be:
Improperly loaded or overloaded trucks: Unsecured, or improperly loaded trucks can cause wrecks. What’s more the negligence can result in freight falling onto cars, cyclists, or pedestrians. In this event, there may be more than one company or person to ultimately be found negligent in an accident with injuries. When there is more than one perceived negligent party, it is best to secure the services of a lawyer. Let us at Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A. help you understand who was at fault and who was not.
Distracted driving: Truckers are just like regular drivers, in this technological world, more and more things are out there to distract drivers. Truckers are known to eat while driving which can be a bigger distraction than texting. It only takes one second of looking away from the road for a driver to miss seeing slowing traffic, roadway obstructions, or a car changing lanes, with the result being a devastating or deadly accident. Although it may seem cut and dry, distracted driving is hard to prove, but with a good lawyer at your side, you can get the justice you deserve.
Tired drivers: Fatigue kills, many drivers have caused massive wrecks by falling asleep at the wheel. While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) continues to revise the rules that regulate how long a driver can be behind the wheel at any one time or how many hours of rest they must take, driver fatigue remains a serious threat. The reality is that companies that use trucks and truckers to violate these laws wherever and however they can. Let our experienced truck accident attorneys help you figure out if fatigue was a factor and get you the justice you deserve from all responsible parties.
Improper maintenance: Motor carriers and trucking companies are required by the FMCSA to properly maintain all vehicles and equipment, and must regularly do inspections and repairs in order to keep everything in good working order. As a result, maintenance records can become crucial in a truck accident injury case. Our truck accident lawyers not only know what to look for in maintenance records; we also know that the employees who are responsible for inspections, repairs, and recordkeeping must be well-qualified to do so.
Improper training or a lack of sufficient training: Quite simply, an inexperienced truck driver or one who has not been properly trained is a hazard on the road. But unlike other vehicles, today’s semi truck is a sophisticated machine with several modern technological systems. Such tools require extensive training to learn to properly operate the large vehicle. As older commercial trucks have braking and transmission systems that are nothing like those in passenger vehicles or smaller trucks. When a driver does not have the experience or know-how needed to safely drive a large truck, the result can be deadly, if not disastrous.
Moreover, a truck driver must qualify for a commercial driver’s license (CDL). But there are different types of CDLs for different size and weighted trucks and for the transport of dangerous materials. There are also special rules for driving when transporting hazardous materials or special load. Lack of knowledge or rule bending has known to be a factor in many truck accidents.
Moving violations, including speeding: At 60 miles an hours, a truck needs the length of a football field in order to stop safely. Weather and other conditions can stop a trucker from safely stopping his or her vehicle in time. When a trucker has not got adequate time to stop, the results can be deadly and disastrous for vehicle and pedestrians ahead of the driver. What is more, if the driver is slow to react, then the outcome can equal death for him as well as others.
Truck accident FAQ
Over the decades spent supporting loved ones and victims through the process of a lawsuit, we have compiled a list of the commonly asked questions for your reference. If there is not an answer to your question here, then please call Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A. for a free no-obligation consultation.
A: If you have suffered injuries in a truck accident, you may file a claim, as can a husband or wife in certain cases. If you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. As with blame, it is not easy to say if you are a victim, but with a free consult, we can help you realize your rights and if eligible, help you find a claim.
A: Our law firm works with clients on a contingency-fee basis. That means until we win your case, you don’t owe us a dime. Our fee will be taken from any awards issued to you, by the courts.
A: We are glad to offer our prospective clients the with the option to talk to us over the phone before making a decision. There will be no charge for an initial consultation and you are not obligated to work with our firm if you’ve had a consultation with us. Call our Sarasota truck accident lawyers at 813-250-0000 to schedule your free initial consultation.
A: After you have received medical treatment for your injuries or have had a thorough examination by a medical professional, you should call a lawyer for a consultation. Florida has a statute of limitations that restricts the time you have to file a claim. It’s also important to act quickly so that your attorney can ensure that any and all evidence of negligence is safely preserved before it is destroyed or misplaced and before the recollections of witnesses become less clear over time. It is wise to call asap, in order to allow yourself the best chance at a positive outcome for you and your loved ones.
A: Our truck accident lawyers follow a clear and precise flow chart of sorts. Firstly, the team will make an insurance claim on your behalf. After the evidence is reviewed the insurance company will make an offer or reject your claim. In some instances, the insurance company is willing to quickly settle the case. In most cases, however, insurance companies will make a counteroffer for an amount lower than the amount being sought to fully compensate you for your injuries. This results in ongoing negotiations between the insurance company and your attorney. If you are not happy with the response from the insurance company, the next step may be litigation. Most parties and cases never see the inside of a courtroom, but they will if necessary.
A: The answer to this question is contingent upon the case. As mentioned, truck accidents involving negligence can be complicated when multiple parties play a role. In our experience, these are some of the parties that may be found liable for the accident in which you were injured:
- The owner of the truck
- The owner of the trailer being pulled by the truck
- The driver
- The driver’s employer (which may be someone other than the owner o the truck)
- The companies that manufactured parts or equipment on the truck or its trailer
- The company responsible for maintenance
A: Every truck accident case is different, and as such, we will never make a prediction on such a question. The settle of your claim will take as much time as it needs to. The case while plain to your as the injured party involves many factors, including the severity of injuries, if clear liability can be accepted, how long a thorough investigation will take, the number of parties involved in the accident, and more. What is important is to know that our expert team of truck accident attorneys will work as quickly as they can to ensure that your rights are protected and fight aggressively to recover the maximum amount of compensation, as required by law.
Truck accident checklist.
If you are involved in a truck accident in Sarasota, make sure you do the following.
Call for medical attention and do not move any victims at all. If you do you could injure them as well as taint the scene. In addition to calling for medical help, you should contact law enforcement. Having an official police report of the accident will be a critical part of building your case should you decide to file a claim for compensation due to your injuries.
Ensure your safety and the safety of others
Only if it is safe and possible to get vehicles and people out of the roadway or the path of traffic, do so. Move out of the road and away from damaged vehicles. After accidents, cars and trucks can combust and cause more damage or injury. Make sure to turn on emergency lights, set out cones and use flares to caution other drivers to slow down or give the scene a wide birth.
Get visual evidence
Make sure you have photographic evidence of the scene and all people involved. This will help build a timeline and case for later use in settlement or litigation. Smartphones are fine to use as well as normal cameras. Do not leave your case to chance by relying on memory.
Gather contact and identifying information
As with photos, information is also important. Make sure everyone involved has each others contact and insurance details that way everyone can be easily found after medical treatment has been administered. This will help your case run smoothly through the channels.
Refrain from providing statements
The aftermath of a truck accident can be a chaotic and confusing time, but it is imperative that you make no statement at all until you have spoken to a lawyer. Admitting guilt may do harm to your case so leave it to your lawyer to ascertain guilt
Contact our Sarasota truck accident lawyers now.
To increase your chances of getting the full amount of compensation you rightfully deserve, don’t wait to speak with a truck accident attorney. Call Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A., now at 813-250-0000 or contact us online to arrange a free initial consultation.