A Bradenton truck accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm can serve as your legal advocate if you are seeking damages from another party for your injuries or a loved one’s death. When you work with our team, we can identify the liable party or parties, build a case against them, and defend your rights in settlement negotiations or a personal injury lawsuit. You may qualify to hold a truck driver, trucking company, and other liable parties financially liable for your Florida collision.
You can receive a complimentary review of your traffic accident case from our team today. We will discuss what caused your accident, the injuries you suffered, and the steps our team may be able to take on your behalf. With our support, you could recover compensation for current and future costs of medical care and other accident-related losses.
Distasio Law Firm Knows How to Support Truck Accident Victims in Florida
At Distasio Law Firm, we help truck accident victims in Bradenton and other parts of Florida manage insurance claims and other aspects of their personal injury cases. If evidence from the collision supports legal action, we can represent you and pursue a payout on your behalf while you undergo treatment for your injuries.
Our team provides client-focused services, ensuring you always get the answers and information you need throughout the process. We can gather evidence and build a case to hold the liable party responsible and pursue compensation for your damages.
For a free legal consultation with a truck accidents lawyer serving Bradenton, call (813) 259-0022
Determining the Cause of Your Truck Collision
Truck accidents in Bradenton occur for many reasons. Truck drivers traveling through Manatee County on I-75 or on local streets may exhibit negligent behaviors, such as drowsy or distracted driving, speeding, or failing to signal and check for nearby vehicles before switching lanes. These can lead to serious accidents, such as:
- Rear-end collisions
- Blindspot or “no-zone” accidents
- Override or underride collisions
- Jackknife accidents
If you hire us for your Bradenton accident case, our team will perform a thorough investigation of the collision. This process typically includes requesting evidence in the trucking company’s possession, such as the driver’s hours of service logs and black box data.
Whether you are facing a personal injury or wrongful death case, a truck accident attorney from Distasio Law Firm can represent your interests and seek a fair settlement or payout on your behalf.
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Identifying the Liable Party
One of the most complicated parts of a truck accident case is identifying the liable party. For example, Florida supports the legal doctrine of respondeat superior, also known as vicarious liability. This doctrine may allow us to pursue a case against the truck driver’s employer when the employee’s negligent actions cause an accident during work activities.
Depending on the specifics of your accident, a third party could also have liability. This may include:
- A mechanic whose negligence caused or contributed to the accident by failing to conduct proper maintenance or repairs
- A truck component manufacturer if their defective product caused the accident
- A municipality, if it left hazardous conditions on the road that created the conditions for the accident
Quantifying Recoverable Damages Following a Bradenton Truck Accident
The severity of truck accident injuries is often high because of the size and weight of commercial vehicles compared to most passenger cars and the dangerous cargo they often carry. The necessary medical care to treat these injuries could cost thousands of dollars, in addition to other related expenses and losses victims often face. This is especially true for catastrophic and permanent injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limb or use of a limb
As a part of holding the trucking company and other parties liable after your Bradenton collision, Distasio Law Firm will demand a fair settlement from the appropriate insurance providers. Although every case is different, the accident-related damages that you may be able to recover compensation for could include:
- Current and future treatment and care costs
- Lost income
- Diminished earning capacity from permanent injuries
- Any additional related expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Other intangible accident-related losses
Per Florida Statutes § 768.21, those whose loved one passed away in a Bradenton truck accident may also be able to pursue compensation under the state’s wrongful death statute. For families pursuing losses in a wrongful death lawsuit, a different set of damages may be available. These may include the costs of funeral and burial services.
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Navigating Florida’s Statutes of Limitations
Under Florida’s statute of limitations, Florida Statutes § 95.11 (3)(a), you generally have up to four years from the accident date to prepare a case and file paperwork for a personal injury lawsuit. For wrongful death cases, the general statute of limitations is two years, per Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(d).
If you do not file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations, the court can dismiss your case without hearing your argument or examining the evidence. For this reason, we recommend reaching out to our team at Distasio Law Firm as soon as possible after the accident. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can begin building your case. Moreover, the earlier we start investigating, the better opportunity we’ll have to secure time-sensitive evidence.
Our Commitment to Each Client We Represent
At our firm, we provide every client with The Distasio Personal Touch, which consists of the following:
Our staff is available to take your call 24 hours a day, any day of the week. Truck accidents can happen at any time, and you should not have to wait to reach out for legal help.
Your needs and concerns are our top priorities when we represent you. Our team will listen to what you have to say about the truck accident that injured you or your family member and take everything into account as we move your case forward. We are here to advocate for you.
We recognize the financial strain truck collisions can have on victims and their families. Our team never wants to add to this economic burden, so we charge nothing upfront or out of pocket for our services. Our firm covers the costs to handle your case and only collects attorney’s fees from the compensation we recover for you. We outline this contingency fee structure further before you agree to work with us.
We ensure that our lawyer is accessible for any questions or concerns through every step of the process. In addition, as soon as we learn about a development in the case or arrive at a new strategy, we’ll notify you.
Bradenton Truck Accident FAQ
The truck accident claims process can feel overwhelming. When you have sustained injuries in a truck accident in Manatee County, you may have many unanswered questions about the claims process and what to expect from your case.
To help you feel more confident in your decision to move forward with your claim, we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding truck accidents in Bradenton.
You should always prepare for the possibility of bringing your case to court. While it is possible to avoid going to court by obtaining the insurance settlement you need, you will rarely get total compensation through the insurance company.
Insurance companies are regularly only required to pay out up to the limits of the policyholder’s claim. Therefore, even if your losses exceed the policyholder’s limits, the insurance company is only required to pay out to the policy’s maximum.
Furthermore, the insurance company only compensates truck accident victims for economic losses such as medical expenses and property damages. Any remaining economic losses—and your entire noneconomic damages—can only be recovered through civil litigation.
You should never volunteer to provide a statement to the insurance company. Although the insurance adjuster may seem polite and compassionate, the fact remains that the insurance company will lose money if it pays out on your claim. Thus, insurance adjusters have entire teams working with them to review and analyze your claim, looking for opportunities to deny or reduce your benefits and compensation.
They partially accomplish this goal by asking injury victims to provide a statement. Once you make a statement, the insurance adjuster then picks it apart, looking for:
- Inconsistencies with previous statements or accident reports
- Ways to make it appear you accept fault for causing the accident
- Admissions of any responsibility for the crash
If they find any, the insurer could reduce your injury settlement under Florida’s shared fault laws. So, if the insurance company requires a statement, refer them to your personal injury attorney. You demonstrate how seriously you are taking your truck accident claim by directing the adjuster to your truck accident lawyer.
Children sustain injuries in commercial truck accidents more frequently than you might think. If your child suffered injuries in a truck accident in Bradenton, it is up to you to stand up and fight for the compensation they should receive. You have the right to advocate for them so they can access the funds they will need to cover their damages both now and in the future.
If you have additional questions that we did not answer here, reach out to our office to discuss your concerns further.
Call Distasio Law Firm Today for Help with a Bradenton Truck Accident Case
By utilizing over 30 years of experience, our truck accident lawyers from Distasio Law Firm may be able to secure a payout for you based on your truck accident injuries and losses. We can handle your insurance claim from start to finish or represent you at trial in Manatee County if that is what’s best for your case.
You can discuss your accident and injuries with a representative of our firm today for free. Call now for your complimentary consultation.