For many St. Petersburg residents pursuing a lawsuit, navigating the legal process can feel overwhelming or intimidating. There are several rules you have to follow when filing your case, offering evidence in court, and calculating the value of your damages. If you are curious about pursuing compensation following a tractor-trailer crash, a St. Petersburg truck accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm can manage these tasks for you.
At Distasio Law Firm, our lead attorney has over three decades of experience with personal injury claims, including truck accident claims. While you focus on healing from your injuries and getting your life back on track, our skilled team of injury attorneys will work on your behalf to hold the people who hurt you responsible.
Determining Who May Owe You Compensation
A truck accident can become a complicated situation when it comes to figuring out who is at fault. If you decide to pursue compensation, one important aspect of your case will be figuring out who is responsible for your injuries.
There could be multiple parties who share fault and liability for your damages. Here are a few examples of parties from whom you could pursue compensation:
- The truck driver
- The company that hired the truck driver
- The company that leased or rented the truck
- The company that worked on or maintained the truck
- The company that was responsible for loading or unloading cargo from the truck
Our team can help you determine who owes you damages, and we can sue multiple parties. Your diligent St. Petersburg lawyer will negotiate with the other party or parties involved in your semi-truck collision case, as well as their lawyers and insurers.
We Can Handle the Insurance Companies for You
Each of the entities mentioned above may have an insurance policy that can provide you with benefits for your injuries and damages. Work with a lawyer from our firm. They will review these other parties’ insurance policies and ensure that the insurance company pays out the compensation you deserve. Unfortunately, some insurance companies will try to avoid paying benefits to claimants someone even if they are injured.
Another unique situation that can arise in a truck accident case with multiple parties involves shared fault. If you bring a claim against the truck driver, the trucking company, and another third party linked to the situation, then they may each try to put all the blame on each other. This can delay your case and make it hard for you to move on with your life.
An experienced St. Petersburg truck accident attorney from Distasio Law Firm can help you identify who may owe you compensation and work to hold each liable party in your case responsible.
Damages in a Personal Injury Case
Truck accident victims in St. Petersburg are often eager to find out what kind of financial support may be available in their personal injury cases. In general, you can seek compensation for any expense that is reasonably related to the accident. Here are a few examples:
- Emergency vehicle transportation costs
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
A St. Petersburg tractor-trailer wreck can lead to catastrophic or even permanent disabilities for the victim. Because trucks are so large and heavy, they can easily crush a passenger vehicle or strike with an incredible impact. If your injuries are long-term or permanent, then you may also want to seek compensation for the costs you may have indefinitely.
Your claim could include damages like:
- Estimated ongoing medical care costs
- Reduced earning capacity
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional anguish
Let a Lawyer Determine the Value of Your Case
A lawyer from our firm can review your case and calculate your damages. They can also work with experts to determine the financial impact that the accident will likely have on your life in the future. For example, you may need to pay indefinitely for services such as a medical consultant or home care aide.
Damages in a Wrongful Death Case
In a wrongful death case, you can also pursue some of the damages we mentioned above, such as loss of consortium and emotional anguish. In addition, you could have additional damages that you could collect if you lost a loved one in a tragic truck accident.
We would be honored if you reach out to our firm to handle your wrongful death case after the tragic death of a loved one in a truck accident in St. Petersburg. We can help you file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit. It may seem like financial compensation isn’t the most important thing you need right now, but it may help you support your family and bring a sense of closure.
What to Expect From a Lawyer with Our Firm
A St. Petersburg truck crash lawyer from Distasio Law Firm can assist you through every aspect of the legal process, including the initial investigation period before you file your case. We can help you understand the various rules that apply to your case, answer your questions, and give you legal advice.
Our legal team can also:
- Review your case to determine who is liable
- Gather evidence to prove that they are liable
- Review available insurance policies
- File various documents
- Negotiate for a settlement
- Prepare for trial
- Prepare you for a deposition or other court appearance
- Represent you in court if necessary
What Makes Our Firm Different
Our case results show our success as a firm. However, while we’re a results-oriented firm, we’re also a client-oriented firm. We put our clients and their needs first, distinguishing us from other firms.
Our team believes that every client deserves personalized, dedicated service, so your attorney will be sure to listen to you, consider your financial and other needs, represent your needs, and stand up for you. Then, if your case goes to trial, your attorney will fight to present the best possible case to the judge and jury.
Our firm is board-certified by the Florida Bar in Trial Law. In addition, our team has over 30 years of personal injury law experience serving clients like you. When we’re not serving clients, we’re helping our community, such as by providing scholarships to deserving students in our community.
Here Is Our Commitment to You
We understand that right now, you and your family may face financial and emotional struggles stemming from the truck accident. However, our firm wants to relieve some of your burdens so you can focus on health and family matters. Therefore, if we take on your case, we promise the following:
- Our firm will put your interests ahead of our own
- We will commit the time and financial resources your case deserves
- We’ll provide regular updates as your case progresses
- We’ll be available to you when you need us
- We’ll be honest with you about how well we believe your case is progressing
- We’ll advocate for you regardless of the circumstances
- We’ll fight for you in court if necessary
The Deadline to Sue in Florida
Florida limits the amount of time victims have to sue. Accident victims have four years from the date of their crashes to file their personal injury lawsuits, according to Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a). However, some circumstances could alter this deadline.
There’s also a limitation on filing a wrongful death suit. If you lost a loved one in a truck accident, Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(d) sets a two-year deadline.
If you file a lawsuit after a legal deadline—also known as a statute of limitations—expires, the court will likely dismiss your lawsuit. However, if you contact our firm soon after your accident, we can help you file your case on time and preserve your right to sue.
Call a St. Petersburg Truck Accident Attorney Now
Take the trouble out of the financial recovery process by hiring a lawyer. Call a St. Petersburg truck accident lawyer now for a free consultation. During this call, you can explain what happened to you, how it has affected your life, and any important details related to the crash. Then, we will review your information and help you determine whether you may have a case against the parties responsible for the truck accident that hurt you.
Our team works on a contingency fee, so you won’t pay us anything unless we obtain financial recovery for you. For your free consultation, call us now.