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Bradenton Truck Accident Lawyer

When a truck accident occurs, the consequences can be catastrophic. The size and weight of these massive vehicles often result in severe injuries and fatalities. If you or a loved one has been affected by a truck accident, you need a Bradenton truck accident attorney on your side who can fight for your right to financial recovery.

Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann is dedicated to helping truck accident victims secure the compensation they need to recover from these serious collisions. With decades of combined experience, our Bradenton truck accident attorneys have the knowledge and skills to navigate complex legal issues and hold negligent truck drivers and companies accountable.

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Why Choose Our Bradenton Truck Accident Lawyers?

  • Our Bradenton personal injury attorneys hold over 60 years of combined legal experience. We have recovered thousands of settlements and verdicts for injured people in Florida, including truck accident victims.
  • Our firm has a proven track record of success. We have a 5-star Google rating, are endorsed by peers, and have even represented judges.
  • To limit your out-of-pocket costs, we operate on a contingency fee basis—you only pay legal fees if we secure a settlement in your case.

Isn’t Florida a No-Fault Insurance State?

Long-time Bradenton residents know that Florida’s no-fault insurance laws require accident victims to file claims against their own insurance companies regardless of fault. However, Florida only requires drivers to carry $10,000 in personal injury protection coverage and $5,000 in death benefits. The amount allocated for personal injuries hasn’t changed in decades despite steep rises in medical costs. Fortunately, the state’s accident laws allow victims to file claims against at-fault parties if their damages far exceed $10,000 or are catastrophic in nature, such as those causing disability, disfigurement, or significant impairment.

Because truck accidents cause such devastating injuries, it’s common for victims to file claims against the liable party after informing their own insurance company about the accident.

Common Types of Truck Accidents in Florida

There were 5,276 truck accidents in Florida during 2022, making Florida the state with the third-largest number of truck accidents in the country. Trucks have extended blind spots, large, unwieldy shapes, make wide turns, and require lengthy stopping times. Common types of truck accidents in Florida include:

  • Rear-ending accidents
  • Jackknife accidents (when the trailer pivots sideways on its hitch and slides into a V-shape
  • Rollovers
  • Sideswipes
  • Head-on collisions
  • T-bone accidents at intersections
  • Wide-turn accidents

All of these truck accidents can have devastating impacts on smaller, private vehicles involved in the accident, often with life-altering consequences to injury victims.

Common Truck Accident Injuries

Injuries in truck accidents are far more common to drivers and passengers in private vehicles compared to truck drivers in large, heavy commercial trucks. Because of their bulky size and heavy weights, trucks cause accident victims to suffer serious or grave injuries including:

  • Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Fractures including of the limbs, ribs, hips, clavicle, and pelvis
  • Burns
  • Internal injuries/organ damage
  • Traumatic limb loss
  • Soft-tissue damage like torn ligaments and sprains

In some cases, truck accidents cause fatal injuries resulting in wrongful death claims to recover compensation for close family members who face economic impacts as well as grief and anguish.

Causes of Truck Accidents in Bradenton

Driver error is the most common cause of truck accidents. Serious truck accidents in Florida are often caused by one or more of the following negligent actions:

  • Drowsy driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Intoxicated driver
  • Poor truck maintenance
  • Speeding
  • Recklessness
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Tailgating
  • Making wide turns or sudden turns

A truck driver is behind the wheel of a large, fast-moving force. Failing to take the measures to prevent injuries that a reasonable driver would under the same circumstances leaves a driver or the company they work for liable for damages.

Trucking companies have to follow numerous rules and regulations to ensure that their vehicles are safe and that their drivers have proper training. Additionally, truck drivers must follow the rules of the road and obey restrictions on the number of hours they can drive at a time. When these parties fail to uphold these obligations, serious collisions can occur. According to MCMIS, 45,900 large trucks were involved in injury crashes in 2020.

If you were injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The driver, as well as his or her employer and any maintenance companies or manufacturers, may be held liable for your injuries. Additionally, if multiple drivers share fault, they may all share in the liability.

By filing a truck accident claim, you could recover compensation to help pay for the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and future earnings
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability accommodations
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Emotional damages like trauma, PTSD, or loss of pleasure in life

In some cases, special compensation applies for damages like disfigurement or traumatic limb loss. Though financial compensation cannot erase non-economic damages like pain and suffering or emotional trauma, it can help relieve financial burdens and open doors to the best medical care and counseling.

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Common Parties Found At Fault in Truck Accidents

An injury victim can only make a successful claim for damages after a truck accident when they first determine the party at fault for the accident. Driver error is by far the most common cause of truck accidents in Florida and elsewhere, but the driver isn’t always the liable party. Unless the driver is an independent contractor, the trucking company itself may be liable for any damages caused by their employee. Potential liable parties in truck accidents include the following:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company
  • The manufacturer of a defective truck part
  • A freight loading company
  • A truck maintenance company
  • A road maintenance agency
  • A third-party driver

Because law enforcement agencies save resources for criminal investigations, their involvement in truck accident claims typically ends with a brief police report. It takes a skilled attorney to thoroughly investigate all aspects of an accident to identify the negligence that caused the accident and determine the party that’s liable for damages.

Proving Liability in Truck Accidents

Once an attorney uncovers the party at fault in a truck accident, they must document evidence to prove liability. Evidence includes the police report, traffic camera footage, surveillance video, dash cam video, eyewitness testimony, and truck data recorders which log the driver’s hours on the road and may contain data from the accident. Proving liability in a truck accident requires demonstrating the following facts:

  • The at-fault party owed a duty of care to others on the roadway to take reasonable measures to avoid injury, such as the driver’s duty to stay within the guidelines for driving hours, and a truck product manufacturer’s duty to produce safe truck parts
  • The at-fault party breached their duty of care by acting negligently or recklessly
  • The negligent breach of duty directly caused injury
  • The injury victim suffered economic and non-economic damages from the accident

Once the attorney puts together a demand package with evidence of liability and careful calculations for damages, they have a compelling case to present to the appropriate insurance company to negotiate a settlement.

Do I Have to Go to Court for a Truck Accident Claim?

Around 95% of truck accident claims are settled out of court by a direct claim against the truck driver or trucking company’s insurance provider. Only in the 5% of cases in which an insurance company uses bad-faith insurance tactics to deny or lowball a claim does the case proceed to court in a lawsuit. An attorney for the injury victim (plaintiff) must file the lawsuit within the state’s statute of limitations.

Statute of Limitations for Truck Accident Cases in Bradenton

Florida’s statute of limitations for car and truck accident claims has undergone a recent change, no longer allowing for the previously generous 4-year time limit. Previously, accident victims had a 4-year window to file a lawsuit seeking damages; however, this limit has been reduced to only 2 years.

Statutes of limitations, which apply to civil cases such as truck accident lawsuits, play a crucial role in preserving evidence and ensuring the reliability of eyewitness testimony by the time the case reaches a courtroom. While court proceedings generally take more time than settlement negotiations, it’s worth noting that jury awards in truck accident claims tend to surpass settlements in terms of compensation.

Common Tactics Insurance Companies Use to Deny Claims

Trucking companies and drivers have powerful insurance companies that exist to make profits. Often, they’ll protect their bottom line above your best interests. Common insurance company tactics to be wary of after an accident include:

  • Calling very quickly after the accident with a settlement offer before you know the extent of your damages. This rarely benefits the victim, but may undervalue the claim and compel the injury victim to sign away their rights to a lawsuit
  • Recording phone calls and taking innocent remarks like, “I’m fine, thank you,” out of context to use against you later
  • Claiming that your doctor’s recommended treatment isn’t necessary
  • Obtaining medical authorization to review your medical records from the injury, and then combing through your medical history to find a pre-existing condition or injury to claim is the true cause of your pain
  • Following your social media to find photos of you appearing well

Insurance companies use these and other tactics to reduce the amount of compensation they offer in a settlement. It’s best to hire an attorney soon after an accident and then refer all communications with insurance company representatives to your lawyer.

What to Do If You Were Involved in a Florida Truck Accident

The aftermath of a truck accident can be scary and overwhelming. These collisions can be incredibly severe and are often fatal. However, the steps that you take immediately after the accident could have a major impact on the outcome of your claim.

To protect your right to financial compensation, take the following steps to prepare for your future case:

  • Call 911 and report the accident to the police.
  • Seek medical attention immediately, even if you do not feel hurt.
  • Take photographs and videos of your injuries, the area around the accident, and the vehicles.
  • Speak to witnesses at the scene and ask for their contact information.
  • Collect the driver’s insurance, contact, employer, and license details.
  • At the hospital, be sure to tell the doctor about every symptom, even ones you feel are minor. Sometimes trauma masks the severity of injuries until hours or days after an accident. Ask the doctor for a detailed report with your prognosis and recommendations for your treatment.
  • Contact a Bradenton truck accident attorney to discuss your case and plan your next steps. Do not speak to anyone about the collision before speaking to an attorney.

What to Expect At a Consultation With a Truck Accident Attorney in Bradenton

Most truck accident victims aren’t familiar with the process of hiring an attorney to represent them in a claim. Most accident attorneys offer free case consultations and only take a fee after they help you win compensation in your case. Consultations may take place in the office or virtually. During this meeting, the attorney will do the following:

  • Listen to your description of the accident
  • Examine the police report of your accident and your medical report
  • Determine if you have a valid claim against the truck driver or trucking company
  • Explain how the process works and strategize the best way forward for your claim

This is the time to ask questions about attorney fees and how the contingency plan for payment works to your benefit. The attorney may also be able to give you an indication about the time frame of your case and whether or not they think it will require a lawsuit.

Schedule your consultation with a truck accident lawyer in Bradenton as soon as you have a good idea of your economic damages and copies of the police and medical reports. Prompt action can help get things moving on your case proactively and put protection for your rights in place to guard against insurance company tactics to undervalue claims.

Areas We Serve

Our Bradenton truck accident lawyers serve all of Manatee County including:

BradentonSouth BradentonWest BradentonPalmettoMemphisEllentonPalma SolaBradenton BeachHolmes BeachAnna MariaLongboat KeyBayshore GardensWhitfieldLakewood Ranch

Bradenton Truck Accident FAQs

What makes truck accidents different from other types of accidents?

Truck accidents involve larger vehicles and often result in more severe injuries and damages. Additionally, there are specific federal and state regulations that apply to commercial trucks, making these cases more complex.

How can a truck accident attorney help me?

A skilled attorney can investigate the accident, gather evidence, communicate with insurance companies, negotiate settlements, and, if necessary, represent you in court. Their goal is to secure fair compensation for your losses.

How do I know if I have a strong case with Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann for my truck accident?

Schedule a consultation with Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann to discuss your case. They’ll evaluate the details, assess liability, and provide you with guidance on the strength of your case and potential outcomes.

What fees should I expect when working with Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann for a truck accident case?

Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann often works on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay when they win your case. Discuss fees and costs during your consultation for clarity.

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Truck Accident Case Results

At Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann, our accomplished team of Bradenton truck accident lawyers has consistently secured millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. We relentlessly pursue justice and fair compensation for those who have suffered due to truck accidents.

  • $5.375M Verdict – Truck Fatality Accident:In a heart-wrenching case where clients tragically lost their mother in a devastating accident involving a large commercial truck, we achieved a significant $5,375,000 verdict.
  • $1.2M – Truck Accident:Demonstrating our unwavering dedication, we triumphed in a case with an initially low offer. Our commitment shone through, resulting in a substantial settlement of $1.2 million.
  • $1.4M Settlement – Semi-Truck Accident:Utilizing our expertise, we secured a $1.4 million settlement for a client who suffered injuries in a collision with a semi-truck.
  • $710K – Trucking Accident:In a case involving a collision between a car and a work truck, we secured a settlement of $710,000.

These achievements highlight not only our legal prowess but also our compassion for our clients’ stories. We believe that each client’s case is unique, and our commitment to their well-being is unwavering. Our Bradenton truck accident lawyers are driven by a deep sense of responsibility to make a positive impact in the lives of those we represent.

Contact the Attorneys at Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann Today

Don’t wait to act after a devastating truck accident. The Bradenton truck accident attorneys at Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann can help you navigate the complex legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact our Bradenton office today at (941) 749-1446 or fill out our online form for a free consultation and take your first steps toward justice.