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Sarasota Truck Accident Attorney

Are you exploring legal recourse after you or a loved one was in a truck-related accident? If so, you may be eligible to seek compensation in your Florida truck accident case. If you need a Sarasota truck accident attorney ready to fight for justice, contact the firm of Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann.

As large truck accidents cause 9% of all vehicles in fatal crashes each year across the United States. With a legal team like Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann on your side, we will work together to get maximum compensation for your injuries.

Get started by requesting your free, no-obligation truck case review today.

Sarasota Truck Accident Resources

Facts About Large Truck Accidents In Florida

Consistently, there are around 300 fatalities attributable to collisions or large truck accidents each year on Florida roads, according to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA)’s state-level data tables. NHSTA defines a large truck as a “medium or heavy truck, excluding buses and motor homes, with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 10,000 pounds […] including both commercial and non-commercial vehicles.”

As documented by research performed by Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), here’s the breakdown of how large truck accident crashes caused injuries to individuals in Florida.

In 2021, large truck accidents caused:

  • 124 incapacitating injuries
  • 468 non-incapacitating injuries
  • 883 potential injuries

According to NHTSA’s county-level data, Sarasota County has had 30 fatalities from 2016 to 2020 that are attributable to crashes involving at least one large truck.

Causes Of Large Truck Accidents In Florida

According to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the most frequent cause of large truck accidents is driver error – in fact, 92% of crashes over nine years were attributable to this.

Vehicle defects and poor road conditions were the most frequent subsequent causes of crashes, with approximately 3% of total large truck crashes attributable to both.

In a large-scale study performed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), specific causes of large truck accidents include:

  • Brake problems
  • Traffic flow interruption (congestion, previous crash)
  • Prescription drug use
  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Unfamiliarity with roadway
  • Roadway problems
  • Required to stop before a crash (traffic control device, crosswalk)
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Fatigue

What to Do After a Truck Accident

When you’re involved in a semi-truck accident, it can be a scary and stressful time. While your head is swirling with trying to figure out if you’re injured, what happened, and what to do next, it’s important to take the right steps.

An experienced Sarasota truck accident lawyer recommends doing the following:

  • First, call emergency responders including the police and an ambulance if there are serious injuries.
  • Cooperate with the police officer who is filing the report and request a copy of it when it’s completed.
  • Take photos of the scene, any damage to your vehicle, damage to the truck, and any injuries.
  • Get the driver’s insurance and contact information.
  • Get contact information and statements from any witnesses to the accident.
Under Florida law (§316.065, F.S.), drivers are required to report the accident to law enforcement if damages to property or injuries are in “an apparent amount of at least $500.”

Understanding Injuries Sustained From Large Truck Accidents

Due to the size and speed disparity between a standard consumer-grade motor vehicle and a large multi-axel truck (that may or may not be hauling a load of product), it is likely there will be more serious injuries resulting from an accident involving a large truck.

Injuries resulting from a large-truck collision can often be more severe and require much more rehabilitation for the victim.

Examples of injuries sustainable from a large-truck related car accident include

In the case of injuries in Florida truck accidents, individuals have two years (according to the statute of limitations) to bring a case against a negligent truck operator. Contact a Sarasota truck accident attorney to get compensation for your injuries.

Determining Wrongful Death In Florida Truck Accidents

While negligent actions resulting in injuries will yield a four-year statute of limitations in Florida, if a truck accident results in the wrongful death of the victim in a truck accident, this amount of time will change.

Individuals have two years to file a claim for wrongful deaths caused by third-party negligence (such as a truck accident), with the clock beginning when the victim passes away. While in other states, there is more leeway as to who is eligible to file a wrongful death claim, in Florida, this is limited solely to executors (also known as personal representatives) of the deceased’s estate.

Claims filed by the executor must include all potential beneficiaries when filing the claim against the third party. If someone who would be a rightful recipient of damages is not included in the claim, likely, they will not receive any financial compensation after the verdict is reached or the settlement is formalized.

Who Is Held Liable For A Truck Accident In Florida?

First, if the truck in question is not a commercial vehicle driven for non-commercial purposes, the driver will likely be held wholly liable for the accident.

However, if this large truck is being driven on behalf of a commercial operation, or owned by a commercial operation, this liability question becomes more complex. Negligent driver activity, as previously discussed, will likely fall under the purview of the company’s responsibility. However, this can be affected if the driver was driving on the clock or operating within the scope of their employment during the accident in question.

Additionally, if the collision was due to a malfunctioning truck or mechanical failure and the truck was owned or leased by the driver, the company may be liable due to neglecting maintenance protocols.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) dictates that any commercial operation that leases trucks on behalf of the truck operators has “exclusive possession, control, and use of the trucking equipment for the duration of the lease and assumes responsibility for the operation for the equipment.”

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Truck Accident FAQs

What qualities should I look for in a truck accident attorney?

Seek an attorney with expertise in truck accident cases, a proven track record, knowledge of federal and state trucking regulations, negotiation skills, and a client-focused approach.

How can a truck accident attorney assist me after a crash in Sarasota?

A truck accident attorney can help investigate the accident, gather evidence, communicate with insurance companies, negotiate settlements, and pursue legal action if necessary.

How can I prove liability in a truck accident case?

An experienced attorney will gather evidence such as accident reports, eyewitness accounts, trucking company records, and expert opinions to establish liability.

What compensation can I seek in a truck accident case?

Compensation can cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and more. An attorney can assess your damages and pursue appropriate compensation.

Do I have to go to court for my truck accident case in Sarasota?

Not all cases go to court. Many are settled through negotiations. A skilled attorney will attempt to reach a favorable settlement but can also represent you in court if needed.

Can I still pursue a case if the trucking company is located outside of Sarasota?

Yes, you can pursue a case even if the trucking company is located outside of Sarasota. An attorney experienced in truck accident cases can help navigate jurisdictional issues.

Areas We Serve

Our Sarasota truck accident attorneys serves all over Sarasota County including:

Sarasota SpringsEnglewoodFruitvilleGulf Gate EstatesBee RidgeLaurelNorth SarasotaVenice GardensSouthgateOspreySiesta KeyWarm Mineral SpringsSouth SarasotaLake SarasotaThe MeadowsKensington ParkVamoDesoto LakesNokomisPlantation

Truck Accident Case Results

Our dedication to securing positive outcomes for our clients is evident in our impressive track record of truck accident case results. Throughout the years, the legal team at Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann has fought and won cases for our clients, with millions in successful damages awarded to our clients.

  • $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 results underscore our proficiency in navigating complex legal terrain and fighting for the rights of our clients. We work tirelessly to ensure they receive the rightful compensation they deserve for their injuries, damages, and losses.

Get Maximum Compensation In Your Florida Truck Case With Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann

Individuals seeking damages in a Florida trucking accident case can get economic and non-economic damages to compensate for lost wages and pain and suffering.

So don’t suffer alone because of your truck accident – our Sarasota truck accident attorneys are ready to work on your case.Starting the path to healing is easy. Request your no-obligation Florida truck accident case review today and contact us online or call (941) 954-4000.