St. Petersburg Truck Accident Lawyer
Because of their size, accidents involving trucks are among the deadliest, most serious motor vehicle crashes on Florida roadways. Statistics compiled by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) are proof, as the Traffic Crash Facts report indicates that there are approximately 1,400 truck crashes in Pinellas County every year. On average, these incidents cause injuries to almost 400 people, and you can assume the victim was likely in the passenger vehicle.
Commercial vehicle accidents tend to cause injuries far more severe than an average auto crash, which means your losses will be considerable. Fortunately, you do have rights under Florida law, and our team at Palmer | Lopez can assist with enforcing them. Please contact our office to set up a free consultation with a St. Petersburg truck accident lawyer who can tell you more about your legal remedies. Some basics about the relevant legal concepts may also be informative.
How Truck Accidents Happen
These incidents are not random, since they’re usually the result of truck driver carelessness. For purposes of your legal rights, the focus is on how the operator may have breached the legal duty of care through negligent acts. If the breach directly caused the truck crash in which you were injured, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
To illustrate, some examples of truck driver negligence include:
- Speeding in excess of the posted limit;
- Traveling too fast for weather or road conditions;
- Failing to stop at a red light or stop sign;
- Not complying with other traffic signals;
- Driving with a load not properly tied down; and,
- Distracted driving, such as texting, talking on the phone, posting to social media, and other illegal cell phone use.
Pursuing Your Legal Rights
Truck accident claims involve legal issues that are more complex than other motor vehicle crash cases, but Palmer | Lopez is up for the challenges. We’ll first develop a strategy for filing an insurance claim and negotiating settlement with the insurance company. We’re prepared for these high-stakes discussions, which tend to be more involved because insurance coverage for truck accidents can reach into the millions of dollars.
If the insurer won’t agree to settle for a fair amount that fully compensates you for your losses, we’ll take your claim to court. Our goal is to recover monetary damages for:
- Your medical costs;
- Lost wages for the time you miss work;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Losses based upon how your injuries affect your personal relationships and quality of life; and,
- Many more.
Trust a St. Petersburg Truck Accident Lawyer to Fight for Your Rights
For more information on your options as the victim of a truck crash, please call 813-967-8505 or go online to reach our St. Petersburg offices of Palmer | Lopez We can schedule a no-cost case evaluation to listen to your story and explain how we can help with your legal remedies. Our team has extensive experience advocating on behalf of injured victims, and we’re happy to help with your truck accident case.