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Accidents involving larger commercial trucks often result in catastrophic injuries and substantial property damage for those involved. At Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner, we are here to help if you need a Clearwater truck accident lawyer by your side. Our team has extensive experience handling complex injury claims throughout Florida, and we know what it takes to help recover the compensation you need the most right now.

Why Choose Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner for Your Truck Accident Claim?

Any person harmed due to the negligent actions of a truck owner or operator must seek experienced legal assistance as they were to recover the compensation they need.

  • At Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner, we have more than 60 years of combined legal experience, and we handle our cases using cutting-edge technology and resources to best serve our clients.
  • We treat the clients with the utmost respect and dignity. This means that we listen to your story, and we will always keep you in the loop with every update related to your case.
  • Our Clearwater personal injury lawyers have an extensive track record of success when it comes to recovering settlements and jury verdicts for catastrophic injury victims.

Understanding the Severity of Truck Accident Injuries

Information presented by the Federal Highway Administration indicates that large commercial trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. The sheer size and weight of these larger trucks compared to traditional passenger vehicles helps us understand why these incidents often result in catastrophic injuries. Our team regularly helps clients who have sustained the following injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Concussions
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Significant lacerations or puncture wounds
  • Crush injuries
  • Amputations
  • Internal bleeding or internal organ damage
  • Major burn injuries
  • Scarring and disfigurement

In addition to these visible traumatic injuries, our team also understands that commercial truck accident victims in Clearwater, Florida, are likely to experience significant emotional and psychological trauma. This can include prolonged feelings of anxiety and stress and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Who Will be Held Liable for a Truck Accident in Clearwater?

That may be various parties who could be held liable in the aftermath of a truck accident that occurs in Clearwater. In general, an investigation will begin into the truck driver as well as the trucking company involved. In many cases, a truck driver may be an independent owner and operator, which could prevent liability from falling onto another party.

Truck drivers can be responsible for an accident in a variety of ways. They can breach their duty of care owed to others on the roadway by:

  • Failing to abide by the allowable hours of service
  • Not inspecting the truck before each run
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Operating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Operating while distracted
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Following other vehicles too closely
  • Failing to stop at stop signs or stop lights

A trucking company could also be held responsible for its actions. If a truck driver is a direct employee of the company, it is likely that the company will be held responsible for the actions of a negligent driver. A trucking company can also be held responsible for its own failures, including:

  • Failing to regularly inspect and maintain each vehicle
  • Failing to follow standard hiring and training practices
  • Not taking driver complaints seriously
  • Encouraging a driver to operate the vehicle above the allowable weight
  • Encouraging a driver to operate above the available hours of service

How Much Compensation is Available After a Clearwater Truck Accident?

There is no set amount of compensation paid to truck accident victims in Clearwater if their case is successful. Several factors can influence the compensation amount upward or downward. These factors include the severity of the injuries, the pain and suffering a victim endures, whether or not a person is able to work, along with any shared fault allegations.

At Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner, our goal is to recover the compensation our clients need to get through this difficult time. We want to make sure clients recover economic and non-economic damages for their losses.

Economic damages are defined as those that are generally easier to calculate after a major incident. Our team, along with the client, will gather receipts, invoices, estimates, and bills that come in from hospitals, doctors, maintenance shops, and employers. Some of the most common types of economic damages available after a catastrophic truck accident case in Clearwater include:

  • All medical bills related to the incident
  • Property damage expenses
  • Lost current wages and loss of future earnings for a victim
  • Various out-of-pocket expenses

Non-economic damages are designed to help pay for more immeasurable losses charge accident victims are likely to endure as a result of the incident. There may not be receipts or bills that can be gathered to adequately calculate a person’s physical pain and suffering, emotional and psychological distress, and loss of quality of life. Our team will work with trusted medical and economic experts to help adequately calculate these non-economic damages.

Paying for a Truck Accident Attorney

Our Clearwater truck accident lawyers are proud to take these claims on a contingency fee basis. This means we handle all up-front costs related to the case, and clients will only pay legal fees after we successfully recover the compensation they need. If we do not win, clients pay nothing.

Call a Clearwater Truck Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company in the Clearwater area, reach out to the team at Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner for assistance as soon as possible. We have the resources needed to fully investigate your claim, and our team has no problem taking your claim all the way to trial if necessary. We want to make sure that you recover the compensation needed to get through this. When you need a Clearwater truck accident lawyer, reach out for a free consultation of your claim by completing our contact form or calling us at (727) 321-HELP.

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