Handling Complex Truck Accident Cases in Florida
There are millions of commercial trucks on the highways of the U.S. and Florida. Unfortunately, thousands of those trucks are involved in collisions each year and many of these accidents result in severe injuries to motorists. At the St. Petersburg law firm of Berkowitz & Myer, our attorneys understand that truck accidents can have an overwhelming impact on your life and we are here to protect your rights if you have suffered a truck accident injury.
Truck Crashes can be Devastating
Commercial vehicles can legally weigh up to 80,000 pounds when they are loaded, which is about 30 times heavier than smaller passenger vehicles. Semi-trucks also have powerful engines and significantly higher clearance from the ground. All of these factors mean that trucks can cause extensive damage and injury when they crash with a smaller vehicle.
While some truck accident victims are fortunate and only sustain minor injuries, hundreds of thousands of people suffer serious injuries in these collisions. Some truck accident injuries can be catastrophic and can leave a victim facing a lifetime or impairments and medical treatment. The following are only some of the common injuries sustained in truck accidents:
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Broken pelvis and ribs
- Damage to internal organs
People who sustain any of the above injuries will require medical care as soon as possible following an accident. Depending on the severity of your injuries, your treatment plan may include extended hospitalization, surgeries, rehabilitative therapy, medication, and more. If your injuries caused disabilities or impairments, you may require medical equipment or home health care for an extended period of time.
Needless to say, all of this medical treatment comes at a high cost and the bills will start to pile up quickly. Furthermore, serious injuries can keep you from working, which can cause serious financial losses, all while you are experiencing physical pain and suffering.
Who is Responsible for Your Truck Accident Injuries?
Because a truck accident can leave you with such substantial losses, it is essential to identify whether you can hold anyone liable for your injuries and losses. In order to prevail in a legal claim, the law requires that you prove someone else was negligent in causing your injuries. Several different parties may be negligent and may cause a truck accident, including the following:
Truck drivers – Driver error is a leading cause of truck accidents and can include intoxicated driving, fatigued driving, violating traffic or trucking regulations, distracted or aggressive driving, and many other potentially dangerous driving behaviors.
Trucking companies – Companies can be negligent in many ways, including hiring potentially dangerous drivers, failing to monitor or discipline drivers, not performing drug and alcohol tests, or encouraging violations on the part of drivers.
Truck manufacturers – Manufacturing companies can be liable when an accident occurs because of a defective truck part, such as a coupling, brakes, tires, axles, steering systems, among others.
It can be challenging to determine the exact cause of your truck accident, however, this determination is critical to your recovery. Our attorneys know how to investigate your accident to help identify who can be held liable.
Protect Your Rights after a Collision by Calling a Truck Accident Lawyer in St. Petersburg
At the law firm of Berkowitz & Myer, we have represented many truck accident victims and helped them obtain compensation to cover their medical bills and other extensive losses. These cases are complex and highly technical and we provide representation you can trust. Please call for a free consultation today at 727-344-0123.