A personal injury lawyer who is familiar with trucking regulations, the causes of trucking accidents, and the Florida laws governing negligence and vicarious liability can take on truck accident cases.
In general, personal injury lawyers represent victims who suffered injuries and other harm because of someone else’s negligent acts. This may include anything from a slip and fall to a commercial vehicle injury accident.
Because truck accident cases may involve building a case against a trucking company and holding a corporation accountable for their employee’s negligence, many victims want to work with a lawyer that deals with truck accidents specifically.
Unique Dynamics of Truck Accident Cases
While Florida’s car insurance laws make all serious traffic accidents in the state somewhat complex to navigate, truck accident cases can be even more so. Not only must the lawyer be familiar with Florida traffic accident laws and laws governing negligence and liability, but they may also have to understand other laws and rules that apply in commercial accident cases and cases where an employer is vicariously liable for their worker’s actions.
All car accident attorneys in Florida should be familiar with local traffic laws and the process required to pursue damages under state law. However, truck accident attorneys must also have a clear understanding of the rules set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These regulations may be necessary to prove negligence in a truck accident case.
Important Steps in a Truck Accident Case
Developing an argument to recover an insurance settlement or support a personal injury lawsuit against a large trucking company or other corporation can be a complex process. A lawyer who deals with truck accident cases may be able to handle the following tasks when they represent you:
- Issuing a litigation hold, also called a spoliation or preservation letter, to the trucking company to ensure they are aware of the possible lawsuit and preserve all evidence in their possession
- Gaining access to and analyzing evidence held by the trucking company
- Gathering elements to demonstrate the trucking company’s vicariously liability
- Determining the cause of the truck accident and all contributing factors, including whether the truck driver violated any applicable traffic laws or trucking rules
- Considering if the trucking company might also be liable for negligent hiring, training, or other negligent actions related to the accident
Recoverable Damages in a Truck Accident Case
If you are able to prove the responsible party’s liability in your case, you may be able to recover damages such as:
- Costs of medical treatment and therapies
- Estimated future costs of your medical care
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capability
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- And more
A truck accident lawyer may be able to gather evidence of the value of these damages when they represent you. This may include hiring medical, occupational, or economic experts to testify about your future costs and non-economic damages.
A lawyer can present these damages to the responsible party’s insurance company and engage in settlement negotiations. If a fair settlement offer cannot be reached, your lawyer may be able to take your case to trial.
Distasio Law Firm Represents Truck Accident Victims in the Tampa Bay Area
If you were injured in a truck accident in the Tampa Bay area, Distasio Law Firm may be able to represent you. We are not intimidated by trucking companies or complex truck accident cases when it comes to defending the rights of our clients.
Distasio Law Firm believes that you should not have to struggle financially and try to pay for your damages out of your own pocket when someone else’s negligence injured you. We handle truck accident cases on a contingency fee-basis, meaning we only get paid for our labor if and when you recover compensation.
If you trust Distasio Law Firm with your case, we will encourage you to focus on treatment for your injuries, healing, and getting your life back to normal while we handle your legal case. We can handle all communications, investigations, and negotiations during this time.
Call Distasio Law Firm today by dialing (813) 259-0022. A member of our team is standing by to answer your questions about our services, evaluate the merits of your case, and help you understand your rights after a Florida truck accident.
Keep in mind that, per Florida Statute § 95.11, a general four-year statute of limitations applies to personal injury lawsuits and a general 2-year statute of limitations applies to wrongful death lawsuits in Florida.