St. Petersburg Truck Accident Attorneys
The experienced St. Petersburg truck accident attorneys at Salter, Healy, Bassett & Rivera understand that getting in a truck accident can be absolutely horrifying. It is truly a traumatic event that can lead to some life changing injuries. You might be feeling like your life has been flipped on its head and now you may be feeling confused about what you should do next. If you have been seriously injured in your truck accident, you may be eligible for personal injury compensation. Our St. Petersburg truck accident attorneys are here to guide you through this legal situation. We will work tirelessly to get you the result you deserve.
Important First Steps in Your Case
The most important thing you can do is get immediate medical attention after the accident. Your injuries may be so severe that you are taken on an ambulance and immediately taken to the emergency room. You may want to visit an urgent care after the police come and take a report or you might call your primary doctor to set up an emergency visit. Whatever you do, don’t wait to seek medical attention and don’t avoid it either. You will only end up making your injuries worse. It will also prompt the liable party’s insurance company to try to throw out your case by saying your injuries were not either relevant to the case or that you are not injured to begin with.
Most Common Types of Truck Accident Injuries
Truck accidents are typically pretty severe because of the nature of the collisions. Trucks are excessively heavy and hard to manage. They don’t stop quickly and they have huge blind spots. Because of this, the injuries tend to be extremely serious. The most common injuries we see from truck accident victims include:
- fractures and broken bones
- internal organ damage
- spinal cord injury
- slipped disc
- nerve damage
- traumatic brain injury
Unfortunately many of these cases result in permanent and life-altering injury. The best thing you can do is seek medical attention and continue to do it. Your health is the most important thing and even trumps your compensation. Make sure you take care of yourself.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
There are a number of complications that are unique to trucking accidents. Determining who is responsible for the accident is difficult, because the lawyer researching the case must have an understanding of the various trucking laws that affect the case. Depending on the cause of the accident, there could be one or multiple defendants, possibly including the driver of the truck, the trucking company, the truck’s manufacturer, various government bodies, insurance companies, contractors and more.
Causes of the accident could include any of the following:
- Impaired or distracted driver
- Inadequate trucking experience
- Defective truck
- Poor weather/road conditions
- Overworked driver
- Improper and unsafe truck loading
Florida Statute of Limitations
You are allowed four years from the date of your truck accident to either bring your claim or to settle it in civil court. Four years seems like a long time, but with a personal injury case, those years can go by quickly. You do not want to delay in hiring an attorney. If you miss this four year deadline, you will be completely barred from receiving any compensation. Even if you have maybe a week left of your statute of limitations, an attorney might not be able to help you. These cases take time to build into a strong claim. The sooner you get to an attorney, the better off you will be.
How to Avoid Getting Reduced Compensation
In Florida there are pure comparative negligence rules which allow for you to receive compensation even if you have shared fault. The only way you can get barred from compensation is if you share 100% of the fault. If you have 0-99% fault, you will have your award reduced by the amount of blame you share. For example, if you have been awarded $100,000 and you have been deemed 20% at fault, your award will be reduced to $80,000. Our job is to keep you from getting any of this shared fault so that you can get the most possible compensation.
Do NOT Talk to the Liable Party’s Insurance Company
The insurance company is almost certainly going to call you shortly after the accident to try to get a recorded statement from you. They will be looking to get you to put yourself at the center of the blame. If they do that, they can owe you less money than what you are entitled to. If they are calling you, please understand that you are not legally obligated to cooperate with them. Giving them the recorded statement is not going to benefit you. It is only going to hurt your case if you answer in an unfavorable way. You should never speak to the insurance company before first consulting your attorney. You can also allow your attorney to totally take over communication with that insurance company.
Call Our Office Today for a Free Consultation
If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident in Florida, please do not hesitate to call our office to set up a free consultation. Our St. Petersburg truck accident attorneys have handled dozens of cases just like yours and will dedicate their practice to getting you the best result possible. You deserve full and fair compensation for your injuries and damages and we want to ensure that that happens for you. Please call us today to set up a free consultation to go over the details of your case and find out what your next step should be.