If a truck driver caused your traffic accident, you may have a case against the driver or their employer. You may be able to recover a financial payout to help you pay for your medical care and other losses. A Tampa 18-wheeler truck accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm could offer to work with you on your case if we believe we can help you navigate the process successfully.
You can discuss your legal options with a semi-truck crash attorney from our firm today. We provide complimentary case reviews. Call now to learn more.
Liability in 18-Wheeler Truck Accident Cases
Large tractor-trailers haul food, goods, raw materials, liquids, hazardous materials, and more. They are an integral part of commerce in the United States. However, when an 18-wheeler driver acts negligently or carelessly, the results can be deadly. It is imperative that these drivers and their employers follow all applicable rules, regulations, and statutes—including those set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)—to prevent accidents and injuries to others who share the road.
When a truck driver does make a careless or reckless mistake behind the wheel, and an accident occurs, their employer is often vicariously liable. There are generally two things to consider to determine vicarious liability. This includes:
- Was the truck driver an employee of the trucking company when the accident occurred?
- Was the truck driver acting within the scope of their job description when the accident happened?
In the vast majority of cases, a truck driver behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler will be working and acting within the scope of their duties. At Distasio Law Firm, our team of 18-wheeler crash lawyers can determine if this was true in your case. We will review the facts of your truck accident, identify the probable liable party or parties, and explain your rights based on the details you provide to us.
Call to discuss your accident and injuries with a member of our truck accident team today. This is the first step in pursuing compensation for your losses and holding the trucking company accountable.
How Distasio Law Firm Can Help with Your 18-Wheeler Accident Claim
If we decide to work together, an 18-wheeler truck accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm will provide the financial resources and time necessary to understand your case, collect evidence, and seek compensation on your behalf. We are committed to putting our clients first and providing the services they need.
We understand the process necessary to develop a truck accident case and hold the trucking company accountable. We also know how stressful the months following a serious traffic accident can be for victims. This is why we handle all aspects of these cases on behalf of our clients. We want to ensure the legal process does not add to the frustration you experience as a result of your collision, injuries, and treatment.
We offer complimentary consultations to further discuss the services we provide and how we can help accident victims. You can speak to an experienced Tampa 18-wheeler truck accident attorney from Distasio Law Firm about your case for free today. We are standing by to help you understand your rights.
Recoverable Damages in a Truck Accident Case
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), large trucks can weigh as much as 30 times more than the average passenger vehicle, meaning they can cause catastrophic damages. Distasio Law Firm seeks fair compensation for our clients based on the evidence we collect to show their related expenses and losses.
We gather this evidence as a part of our investigation into the accident and injuries and use it to show the insurance company or judge and jury what fair compensation would look like. The recoverable damages that are common in truck accident cases like yours include:
- Current and future medical treatment, care, and any related expenses
- Care and support to meet ongoing needs
- Current and future lost income
- Diminished earning capacity for lasting injuries
- Repair or replacement of your damaged vehicle
- Additional losses of personal property damages
- Other documented expenses
- Pain and suffering losses
- Other intangible damages
Wrongful death cases can also stem from an 18-wheeler accident case. If you tragically lost a loved one because of their truck accident injuries, state law may allow your family to seek compensation based on your loved one’s losses, as well as your own. This could include lost income, burial and funeral costs, and intangible losses, among other damages.
Time Limits on Truck Accident Legal Cases
Our Tampa 18-wheeler truck collision lawyers need to know about your case as early as possible. There are strict deadlines that apply to most personal injury and wrongful death cases. The statute of limitations in each state may be anywhere from one to two years, and the deadline for cases against a municipality may be even shorter.
If we do not file the appropriate paperwork to begin a lawsuit in civil court before the applicable deadline arrives, our client could lose the right to file suit at all. This could result in not being able to recover a fair payout. Let us represent you and your case with sufficient time to do so, and we can ensure you meet the necessary deadlines.
Speak to a Tampa 18-Wheeler Truck Accident Attorney Now
A Tampa 18-wheeler truck accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm can provide representation based on contingency if we believe we can help you secure compensation based on the facts of your collision case. You will not need to pay anything upfront to secure representation or pay anything out of pocket. We receive attorney fees only after we secure a financial recovery for you. If you do not receive compensation, we will not get paid.
You can speak with a truck accident team member from Distasio Law Firm about your accident case today for free. Call now for your complimentary case review and to learn more about your legal options for pursuing justice in your case.