If you suffered serious injuries in a truck accident in Riverview, FL, you may recover compensation for your damages. In some cases, you may be able to file a fault-based claim if there is evidence to support it. This process can become complex when a truck driver or another commercial vehicle driver is to blame. As such, you may want to work with a Riverview truck accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm to seek damages.
You can discuss your accident and options today with a member of our team. We can evaluate your accident, determine if your injuries and other details qualify you to take legal action, and explain how we can help. Call us now at (813) 259-0022 for your free consultation.
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You May Be Able to Hold a Trucking Company Liable for Your Collision
In most Hillsborough County traffic accidents involving a fault-based claim, the liable party is the one who caused the accident. The driver whose negligence behind the wheel led to the collision will become the defendant if the case goes to trial. When it comes to truck accident cases, though, the process works somewhat differently.
A legal doctrine known as respondeat superior applies to commercial vehicle accident cases in Florida, including truck accidents. This doctrine makes the employer of the negligent truck driver responsible as well as the truck driver. Therefore, we will pursue a claim against both of them if we handle your accident case.
Per Florida Statutes §324.021, the state requires all commercial motor vehicle owners to have a set amount of auto liability coverage in the event that the driver causes an accident and serious injuries or death results. Large commercial operations like trucking companies must have policies that are significantly larger than the policies most individual motorists would carry.
It is this policy that could cover the losses you incurred as a result of your accident. This doctrine could apply in almost any type of commercial motor vehicle accident, including accidents involving any of the following:
- Tractor-trailer truck, such as a semi-truck or 18-wheeler
- Delivery truck or delivery van
- Garbage or recycling truck
- Dump truck
- Box truck
- Work truck or van
- Food truck
- Construction truck or landscaping vehicle
- Truck and trailer used for commercial purposes
Proving respondeat superior applies is not always straightforward, but our team at Distasio Law Firm knows how to sort this out. Let our firm review your case and explain your options for holding the truck driver or trucking company accountable.
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Our Team Can Review Your Riverview Accident Case for Free
When you hire a Riverview truck accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm, we base our services on a contingency fee. If we accept your case, we will put forward the financial resources and time needed to develop a strong case that proves negligence and liability.
We will put a fair value on your losses and refuse to settle for less than you deserve, with no upfront payments from you. You will not pay us anything out of your pocket, as we take our fees and costs advanced from the recovery we secure in your case.
Let us investigate your accident, gather evidence, and build an argument that may allow us to hold the trucking company responsible for your damages. A truck accident lawyer in Riverview from Distasio Law Firm is ready to go to work on your case today. Call (813) 259-0022 now to get started with a complimentary case review.
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Recovering a Payout in Your Truck Accident Case
Distasio Law Firm knows what it takes to prove the necessary elements of a commercial vehicle accident case, including:
- Vicarious liability.
- The value of your losses.
We will document and support all of these elements with evidence, then approach the insurance company representing the liable party and demand a just payout. This payout will include all the documented losses you suffered, such as the following:
- Current and future treatment costs and other medical expenses
- Current and future lost income and benefits
- Diminished earning capacity
- Property damages
- Loss of services
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident
- Pain and suffering damages
- Mental anguish
Wrongful death damages may be available in some Hillsborough County truck accident cases. If a member of your family died from their injuries, Florida Statutes §768.21 may allow you to seek and recover compensation. We can help you file a wrongful death action.
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Statute of Limitations on Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Florida
Generally, Riverview truck accident cases do not need to go to trial. We are often able to secure compensation through an out-of-court settlement. If this is not possible and we do need to go to trial in your case, there is a statute of limitations that applies.
Florida Statute §95.11 sets a four-year deadline for this type of legal action. If you have a wrongful death case, we only have two years to file the paperwork and get started. Due to these deadlines, we encourage you to reach out to Distasio Law Firm today to learn more and get started right away if you qualify.
Speak with a Riverview Truck Accident Lawyer for Free
A truck accident attorney from Distasio Law Firm may be able to secure compensation on your behalf by holding the trucking company accountable for your accident. We understand how to navigate these claims and often reach negotiated settlements for our clients without going to court. However, if your case requires us to file a lawsuit, our trial lawyer is ready to take legal action.
Call Distasio Law Firm today to get started. One of our team members can discuss your case with you and explain your rights based on your accident and injuries. Our case consultations are complimentary for victims of commercial vehicle accidents in Hillsborough County and elsewhere in the Tampa Bay area. Call (813) 259-0022 now.