A Truck Accident is a True Ordeal. Getting Justice Shouldn’t Be.
There are few things more terrifying than the moment you realize your car is about to get into an accident with a semi-trailer.
And it’s no wonder. Semi-trailers are huge, even bigger than any SUV on the road. That extra size means they’re also extra-heavy – so in the event of a collision, it’s most likely your vehicle that’s going to absorb most of the impact. And there’s no telling what kind of cargo these trailers might be carrying – may be the one you’re about to collide with is empty, or maybe it’s hauling hazardous materials. You won’t know until it’s too late.
Either way, your chances of suffering an injury in a collision with one of these super-sized vehicles is significantly greater than it is for accidents involving cars, SUVs, or light trucks.
Unfortunately, these kinds of accidents happen every day. Here in Clearwater, there’s a near-constant danger of getting tangled up with a semi-trailer, thanks to the high volume of truck traffic on US Highway 19. (If you’ve ever driven on it yourself, you almost certainly understand.)
When those accidents result in injuries, the victims call The Andriotis Law Firm. And you should too.
Don’t Wait for Justice to Come to You. We Can Help You Get It – Quickly.
Sadly, the heightened risk of injury in an accident with a semi-trailer doesn’t translate into faster insurance settlements. Insurance companies are just as likely to stall and give you the runaround, even if your injuries are serious.
In fact, more serious injuries can often make it harder to get a fair and equitable settlement out of an insurance company. Serious injuries make for larger settlements, and the insurance company might feel like it has nothing to lose by dragging things out.
Meanwhile, you’ve got medical bills to settle. Physical therapy to pay for. Lost wages eating into your savings. You can’t wait for the insurance company to get around to cutting you a check on their terms. You need justice, and you need it now.
Getting justice for accident victims is what we do at the Andriotis Law Firm. We’ve been doing it ever since we first opened our doors, and we know how to get results.
Our attorneys have deep experience in all areas of personal injury law, and they know their way around the system. And our extensive network of resources helps us get things wrapped up quickly – we often work closely with the insurance companies, insurance adjusters, investigators, and witnesses in our quest to get our clients the settlement or award they deserve.
What’s more, we never give up. We don’t stop on your behalf until your case is over. Your case is as important to us as it is to you, and you will always get our full attention and energy, no matter what.
How Our Attorneys Can Help You
Our Clearwater truck accident lawyers will work with you every step of the way. We will discuss the details of the accident, including all involved parties, and inform you of your legal rights. Utilizing in-depth experience, truck accident laws, and a network of experts from medical to engineering professionals, we will work diligently to determine cause and liability.
Truck accidents are incredibly complex, and there may be multiple responsible parties. Our attorneys will examine every possible angle to determine how to proceed. We will advise you on options regarding insurance claims and personal injury cases.
Our attorneys will lead as your strong legal advocate and stand up to powerful trucking companies and bullying insurance agents.
Due to the severity of truck accidents, there is often significant financial compensation for accident victims and their families. We fight hard to get the best financial outcome for all aspects of the case, including medical bills, lost wages due to inability to work, pain and suffering, or other potential damages.
Contact Our Office Today
Call the Andriotis Law Firm today at 727-937-1400 to set up a free consultation. Our experienced truck accident lawyers are caring, results-driven professionals, and understand what it takes to hold companies responsible for devastating accidents.
Who is liable for your truck or semi-truck accident?
Depending on the specifics of your accident, there could be several parties that are liable. Often the truck driver is determined to be responsible if the truck or semi-truck accident was due to driver error. This could be due to drunk driving, distracted driving, or other types of violations committed by the driver.
Also, trucking companies are often held liable for the actions of their employees. Other parties that may be liable include truck manufacturers for defective and malfunctioning parts, as well as cargo loaders that make mistakes with heavy loads, if they are separate from the trucking company,
A mechanic that made errors in inspecting or diagnosing issues with the truck or semi-truck, or in conducting repairs or maintenance that led to malfunctions on the roadway, may also be held liable.
What types of injuries are caused in truck collisions?
The devastating nature of truck accidents leads to a variety of serious injuries that are often long-term. Some of the injuries that can occur include:
- Spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage and internal hemorrhaging
- Neck and back injuries
- Crushed limbs and amputations
The medical needs due to truck accidents are intensive and often last for a long time. They can even go on for the rest of a person’s life. Victims have the right to receive appropriate compensation for their serious injuries, and our lawyers fight aggressively on your behalf.
What are common causes of 18-wheeler and semi-truck collisions?
There are many potential causes of 18-wheeler and semi-truck collisions. From driver error to mechanical malfunctions, the reasons they occur are varied in nature. Causes can include:
- Drivers who are fatigued (which often coincides with hours of service violations)
- Drivers who are distracted due to the use of mobile phones or other passengers
- Drivers who are under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol
- Issues with cargo (including loads that are too heavy or inadequate securing of cargo)
- Inadequate truck or trailer lights that make it hard to see the vehicle at night
- Drivers who are aggressive on the roadway (speeding, changing lanes quickly, etc.)
- Drivers with serious health issues that have a medical event behind the wheel
- Inadequate or missing inspections of the truck prior to starting a trip
- Defective truck parts that are manufactured and sold
These examples do not cover every potential scenario. Thorough investigations are composed to determine the cause (or causes) of a truck accident.