Plant City Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer
Accidents involving semi-trucks are both dangerous and far too common. According to U.S. Department of Transportation reports, every year in the U.S., approximately 5,000 large trucks are involved in fatal accidents and about 107,000 are involved in accidents that cause injuries,
Those truck accident injuries are often very serious, especially when the semis collide with cars and other passenger vehicles. The trucks weigh as much as 30 times more than cars. When a semi-truck’s massive size and weight crashes into a car, the people in the car are often severely hurt, with injuries that may change the course of their lives.
Unfortunately, Florida has more than its share of accidents involving semi-trucks. In the Plant City area, throughout Hillsborough County, and everywhere in the state, semi-truck accidents can occur at any time of the day or night. Usually, these accidents are caused by the negligence of the semi-truck driver and/or by someone else, such as the manufacturer or repair person, who bears some responsibility for the safe operation of the truck.
If you or a family member were recently seriously injured in a semi-truck accident in Florida, you may be suffering physically, mentally and financially. The experienced Dennis Hernandez accident injury lawyers understand the challenges you may be facing and want to help. You may have the legal right to collect compensation for your injuries and for your suffering, and we can help you get the full, fair amount you deserve.
To discuss your truck accident and potential case with an experienced Plant City lawyer, call us today at 855-529-3366 or fill in the FREE CASE EVALUATION form on this page. We will listen to what happened in your accident and advise you on your best course of action at no charge to you. Our expert legal advice and services are FREE until we win your case.
WHO IS LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR A SEMI-TRUCK ACCIDENT?
Everyone driving on the road has a legal responsibility to use reasonable care to drive safely. When someone is negligent and fails to meet that standard, and they cause an accident because of their negligence, they may be held legally and financially responsible for the harm they do to other people. An injured accident victim has the legal right to bring a claim for damages against the negligent party or parties.
When it comes to semi-truck accidents, there can be more than one negligent party. In addition to the truck driver, other people and companies who may be negligent and therefore held legally responsible for your injuries might include the semi-truck’s manufacturer, its owner, the owner of the cargo the semi was carrying, the manufacturer of the truck’s parts, such as the brakes, and whoever was responsible for repairing and maintaining the truck.
An experienced Dennis Hernandez Plant City semi-truck accident lawyer will thoroughly investigate the accident and identify all parties whose negligence contributed to the crash. We will name them as defendants in a lawsuit so that you have the best chance of getting the full and fair compensation you deserve.
WHAT ARE COMMON CAUSES OF SEMI-TRUCK ACCIDENTS IN PLANT CITY AND THROUGHOUT FLORIDA?
Most semi-truck accidents are caused by human error or negligence. Fatigue, speeding, and drinking alcohol are major factors that increase the risk of an accident, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Other common causes of semi-truck accidents include:
- Problems with the condition of the truck or its brakes, tires, and other parts, caused by manufacturing defects or improper maintenance or repair
- Improper loading of the semi
- Drivers being distracted by texting on their phones or by anything else that takes their attention away from the road
- Drivers not making adjustments for changes in road conditions or weather
- The use of prescription or over-the-counter drugs
- Drivers not being familiar with the road
Driver fatigue is an especially common and serious problem for semi-truck drivers. There are federal safety laws that limit how long commercial truck drivers are allowed to drive before they have to take a rest break, but trucking companies often pressure their drivers to drive longer than the law allows. This is dangerous and a leading cause of semi-truck accidents.
Driving while drowsy is just as dangerous as driving while drunk. Fatigued drivers have slower reaction times, make bad driving decisions, and are more likely to become distracted. They may follow the vehicle ahead of them too closely or drift out of their lanes. They can even fall asleep at the wheel.
The Dennis Hernandez Plant City semi-truck lawyers will put their resources and experience to work investigating the causes of your accident. We will gather the evidence necessary to demonstrate the negligence of the semi-truck driver and any other at-fault parties and build a compelling case showing that you are entitled to substantial compensation.
WHAT COMPENSATION CAN YOU RECOVER FOR YOUR TRUCK ACCIDENT INJURIES?
The amount of compensation you may be able to recover in a truck accident lawsuit will depend on a number of factors, including the extent of your injuries, the type of treatment needed to help you recover, your ability to work, and your ability to engage in the activities you used to prior to the accident. In general, however, accident victims in Florida are entitled to both economic and non-economic damages, including but not limited to:
- Medical expenses, such as hospital stays, procedures, medications, assistive devices, doctor office visits and rehabilitation therapy
- Lost income and diminished earning capacity in the future
- Scarring, disability and disfigurement
- Diminished capacity to enjoy life
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and anxiety
- Your family’s loss of your companionship, guidance and assistance
The Dennis Hernandez truck accident lawyers are committed to pursuing full compensation for all the pain, suffering and losses you have experienced and may continue to experience well into the future.
HOW CAN A PLANT CITY SEMI-TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER HELP YOU GET THE COMPENSATION YOU DESERVE?
You deserve all the compensation for your injuries that Florida law provides. As your truck accident lawyers, we will fight for your right to recover compensation for your past, present, and future medical expenses, lost income, pain, suffering, and loss of quality of life.
We will thoroughly investigate your accident and gather the evidence needed to build a strong case showing who was at fault and the full extent of your injuries, expenses and losses. We will negotiate aggressively with the at-fault party’s insurance company and will always be ready to go to trial if necessary to get you the compensation you deserve.
We will support you every step of the way through the entire legal process. At Dennis Hernandez, we never give in to insurance companies, and we never give up!
Call us at 855-529-3366 or fill in the FREE CASE EVALUATION form on this page to get the help you need. Our expert legal advice and services are FREE until we win your case.