There are thousands of semi-trucks, tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers on Florida roads at any given moment. A crash between one of these big rigs and a car almost always results in severe injuries or death. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a Pasco County truck crash or such a crash anywhere else in Florida, you’ll want to consult with and retain our Dade City truck accident lawyers from Robert Sparks Attorneys to represent you in pursuing all of the compensation for your damages that you’re entitled to.
Who Can Be Held Liable in a Semi-Truck Crash?
In many big rig crashes, more than one party can be held liable for negligence. Truck drivers, freight and shipping companies, loading companies and even truck repair companies can all play a role in a crash. Each such company has its own insurer and defense lawyers. On that basis, if you try to handle a truck crash case on your own, it’s highly likely that you’ll make mistakes in the process that will operate to substantially devalue any case that you have. Your case might even get dismissed for failure to comply with the rules of pleading and practice.
When Do I Need to Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer?
One of the most important things that you can do after any Florida truck accident is to retain the services of our Dade City truck accident lawyer at Robert Sparks Attorneys as soon as you can. Insurance companies know that they’re in for significant exposure after a crash causes severe injuries or death. As soon as they’re notified of the event, a team of investigators will be dispatched to the crash scene before the debris is even cleaned up. They won’t be looking for, and nor will they note any evidence in your favor. All of the evidence and findings in their report will be in favor of their client in order to try and shift liability for the crash over onto you or your loved one. You’re going to need your own team to obtain evidence and the correct narrative as soon as possible. The longer you wait to do that, the more difficult it becomes to uncover that evidence.
Some Common Causes of Semi-Truck Crashes
As there is a wide variety of semi-truck crashes, each such crash must be handled differently for purposes of enhancing the possibility of the maximum possible settlement or award for you and your family. The causes of those crashes can include but not be limited to the following:
- Truck driver carelessness, negligence and errors in judgment.
- Overloading and improper loading of trailers.
- Distracted truck driving like talking on a cell phone, texting or even watching a movie while driving.
- Drowsy or fatigued driving from not following federal hours of service rules.
- Failure to periodically inspect the truck’s load, lights, tires, brakes or other equipment.
- Improperly maintaining or failing to maintain mechanical equipment on a truck or trailer.
- Poorly trained, negligently hired even or unlicensed truck drivers.
- Driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol or a combination of the two.
Don’t Speak to Anybody on the Other Side
Never speak with a representative of an insurance company of a truck driver or any other entity that might be at fault for your accident or the loss of a loved one. Whatever you say can be used against you in attempts to devalue your case especially you give a recorded statement. Don’t sign anything either. Keep the fact in mind that even if you were lucky enough to survive a truck crash, your injuries can disfigure and disable you for life.
Contact a Dade City Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer.
The damages suffered in a semi-truck crash are likely to be devastating for just about anybody. They can include past and future medical bills and lost earnings, pain and suffering, permanent disfigurement and disability, emotional distress and other valuable damages in the event of a wrongful death. You can arrange for a free consultation and case review with a Dade City truck accident lawyer here at Robert Sparks Attorneys by phoning us or using our easy contact form here on our website. You can tell us about what happened along with the nature and extent of your damages, and we’ll be pleased to answer your questions. After that, we can discuss getting serious with your case and all of your legal options. We’re committed to maximizing the settlement or award that you deserve from your truck accident case.