Common Truck Accident Injuries - Our Attorneys Fight to Protect the Rights of Those Injured in Florida
Truck accident injuries are rarely minor due to the vulnerability of car occupants and motorcyclists who share Florida roads and highways with large commercial trucks. The same goes for pedestrians and bicyclists who may be sharing the road with one of these giant vehicles. With tractor-trailers and semi-trucks traveling along I-75, Route 70 and I-95, often with over-worked truckers falling asleep at the wheel, highway truck accidents involving cars and motorbikes are common- and sometimes deadly.
- FAQ about Truck Accident Injuries
- What Should I Do If I'm Injured in a Truck Accident?
- What Should I Do If a Loved One Dies in a Truck Accident?
Drunk and distracted truckers in Sarasota, sleepy truckers driving through Myakka City and speeding truckers traveling to Bradenton are all hazards to everyone else on the road, causing injuries that change lives forever. With so many trucks engaging in dangerous behavior or being held to illegal delivery schedules that force them to go without sleep on long hauls across the country, any number of catastrophic truck injuries can occur, including:
- Traumatic brain injury/TBI
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injury
- Internal organ damage
- Burn injuries if gas tank explodes
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death
At Farrow & Pulice, our responsibility as attorneys includes thoroughly investigating trucking companies and suing them on our client's behalf if that's what it takes to get a proper settlement. We can file a truck accident lawsuit on your behalf, as well as negotiate in mediation or directly with insurance adjusters-whatever it takes to do right by truck injury victims and their families.
FAQ about Truck Accident Injuries
Why are trucks more likely to cause injuries than smaller vehicles?
A commercial truck, also known as a "big rig," tractor-trailer or 18-wheeler, is a commercial vehicle used to transport goods. These vehicles are much larger and heavier than passenger cars and light trucks. A fully loaded truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and be over 50 feet long. When such a large vehicle collides with a smaller vehicle from behind, or in a side-impact or head-on collision, the force of the accident can cause catastrophic damage to the smaller vehicle and its occupants.
Should I accept the insurance company's settlement offer?
Soon after your accident, you may find that you're pressured or even bullied by insurance adjusters to accept a settlement offer. Insurance companies often try to make this settlement offer soon before the true long-term cost of your injuries is known, including ambulance and emergency room expenses, cost of future medical bills, lost wages and future lost wages. Just because an insurance company makes you an offer doesn't mean you need to accept it. Contact us. At Farrow & Pulice, we can deal with insurance companies on your behalf.
Can a lawyer help cover the long-term cost of my injuries?
Yes. An attorney can help determine the long-term cost of your injuries, including future care, medication and physical therapy; lost wages and lost future wages if unable to work and other accident-related expenses. Farrow & Pulice has access to top medical experts. We know the right evidence to look for. We can negotiate with insurance companies to ensure the long-term cost of your injuries is covered.
Should I file a lawsuit against the trucking company after I've been injured?
If your accident and subsequent injuries were caused by a truck company that acted in a negligent manner, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against that truck company. With the help of accident reconstructionists and by obtaining truck black box data, can help determine if an accident was caused by brake failure, defective steering or other signs that a truck was poorly maintained. We leave no stone unturned in determining the true cause of your accident. Contact us.
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What Should I Do If I'm Injured in a Truck Accident?
- Get immediate medical attention. Your health matters most. Make sure you receive medical attention immediately. Some injuries may only become apparent days or weeks after a crash. Even if you believe you weren't hurt, visiting a doctor and having medical records on file is critical to obtaining compensation for your injuries.
- Call the police. Make sure law enforcement officials respond to your accident. It's imperative you have documentation of your accident. Having an official police record could make all the difference later when pursuing a lawsuit against a trucking company and their insurance representatives.
- Record details. Take detailed notes about the accident, such as the time and date of the accident, how it occurred, road conditions, weather conditions, vehicle direction, the names and badge numbers of police officers who came to the scene, and any damage to the vehicles that you saw.
- Obtain contact information. Make sure someone gets the full names, addresses and phone numbers of anyone involved in the accident, including witnesses and police officers. Record the truck driver's license, registration numbers on both the trailer and the cab, insurance information, and trucking company contact information.
- Contact us. Farrow & Pulice can work with you and make sure you get the compensation you deserve. We know how to research accidents. We know where to find the facts. We can deal directly with insurance companies. Whatever it takes to cover the long-term cost of your injuries. Keep in mind that the trucking company and its insurance carrier will begin investigating immediately after the accident to find ways to reduce liability. That's why you need someone on your side, protecting your interests.
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What Should I Do If a Loved One Dies in a Truck Accident?
When someone dies in a truck accident due to the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company, it can be classified as a wrongful death. Undoubtedly, if a loved one died accidently, you are bereaved and may still be in shock. If that person was the main source of income for your family, you may be left financially vulnerable and don't know where to turn. Our attorneys relentlessly purse the compensation you need to help get life back on track after a fatal crash.
A fatality during a truck accident may entitle the survivor to compensation from several insurance policies, including:
- The deceased's auto insurance
- The survivor's health insurance
- The insurance of the driver who caused the accident
- An uninsured or under-insured motorist claim (depending on the circumstances)
- A wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer of a defective car part
If you lost a loved one due to a truck driver or trucking company's reckless behavior, you may find the trucking company - and its insurance representatives - try to deny responsibility for the accident. We don't think that's fair. You need a knowledgeable, relentless law firm on your side that knows how to obtain maximum compensation for clients. Choose the experienced attorneys at Farrow & Pulice, a Sarasota law firm that represents clients throughout Florida.
Contact Farrow & Pulice, P.A.
Hold careless drivers and trucking companies accountable for their careless or reckless behavior. The experienced legal team at Farrow & Pulice is ready to stand up for you. Call us today at 866-408-1220 or contact our firm online to schedule your free initial consultation. Our law firm has offices in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, Englewood, Lakewood Ranch and Port Charlotte that are centrally located to major hospitals for your convenience.