North Port Truck Accident Lawyer
Two major roadways border North Port: Interstate 75 on the east and U.S. 41 on the west. North Port was initially incorporated in 1959. As it grew over the years, the city and county needed to widen its roads and build more roads and bridges to cross the area’s many canals. The city saw significant growth in the late 1990s through 2007, and that growth means more trucks on the local roads. It also means that local traffic often uses the interstate to get from one part of the city to another.
Many large trucks also travel the two major roadways as they make their way north or south through the area. When local traffic and trucks share a major thruway, there is a risk of truck accidents. If you were in a truck accident that caused you injuries, a North Port truck accident lawyer could help you recover compensation. Contact Boohoff Law’s personal injury lawyers to schedule a free consultation.
Truck Accident Injuries
When a truck hits you in North Port, you have a higher risk of suffering from catastrophic injuries or even death than in a standard car accident due to the truck’s large size and weight. Additionally, if the truck’s cargo should fall off the truck, you might suffer catastrophic injuries or death, especially if the truck is carrying cargo on a flatbed trailer.
You might end up with injuries as minor and cuts and scrapes or as serious as traumatic brain injuries or spine, neck, or back injuries. These more serious injuries have the potential to be long-term or permanent. If you suffer from long-term or permanent injuries, there is a good chance that settling with the insurance companies will not net you enough compensation to cover your future medical expenses. Even minor injuries can become serious, long-term injuries if you have a condition like diabetes that causes open wounds to heal slowly.
Florida is a no-fault insurance state, which means that your own policy pays for your injuries, even if you are not at fault in the accident. You might think that your insurance company is concerned with your well-being, but it is not—it only cares about its bottom line, which means that it will pay out the least amount possible.
If your policy is not large enough to cover everything you might be entitled to, you may be able to recover partial compensation from the defendant’s insurance company, as well. If both insurance policies do not cover everything, then you might be entitled to file a lawsuit against the driver or other responsible parties, depending on the circumstances of the accident.
The defendant in a commercial truck lawsuit isn’t always just the driver. Commercial accidents are very complicated as there are generally several people and companies involved. Each defendant has their own attorney and insurance company. In turn, each insurance company has its own attorney. Defendants might include:
- The truck driver, who could be an employee, a private contractor, or an owner/operator.
- The trucking company, which might own or lease the truck.
- The truck owner if they are not the driver or the trucking company.
- The dispatcher.
- The truck manufacturer.
- The trailer manufacturer.
All of these potential defendants will have an attorney and their insurance companies will each have an attorney. Your insurance company will also have its own attorney. Thus, we recommend that you have your own attorney, as well.
Often, you will settle with or sue one or more of these other people or entities in addition to the truck driver. While truckers are required to follow many state and federal laws for safety reasons, not all trucking companies or drivers abide by those rules. For example, a dispatcher might negligently tell a driver to “do what you have to do to get this load delivered in two hours,” when the dispatcher knows it takes at least three hours to get to the destination. This situation implicates the dispatcher and puts pressure on the driver to break the law by speeding or driving recklessly to avoid termination.
Types of Damages
A court might order the defendants to pay several types of damages, especially when the injured plaintiff has suffered long-term or permanent injuries. Special or economic damages include past and present medical expenses, replacement or repair of your vehicle and other personal property that was damaged in the accident, and past and future lost wages. If a loved one died as a result of the accident, the defendants are often obligated to pay burial and funeral expenses.
The defendants also may be required to pay general or non-economic damages. General damages might include pain and suffering, loss of companionship, loss of consortium, inconvenience, or loss of use of a limb.
The court might also order a defendant to pay punitive damages if it finds that the defendant’s actions were grossly negligent or intentional. For example, driving under the influence, driving distracted, or speeding and/or driving erratically to get away from the police are all examples of behavior courts often see as grossly negligent. Intentional harm is when the driver took actions that they knew would harm you with the intent to cause you harm.
Our truck accident lawyers have experience in locating all possible defendants in a truck accident case and negotiating with insurance companies. We also have experience taking insurance companies and individual defendants to trial if they do not offer a fair and reasonable settlement.
Boohoff Law’s North Port Truck Accident Attorneys Are Waiting to Help You
You should file a claim against any relevant insurance companies as soon as possible. Some insurance companies give you only 30 days to file a claim. If you have to file a lawsuit, your attorney will need time to negotiate with the insurance companies first. The sooner you hire us to help you file a claim, the sooner you will be able to collect the compensation you need to cover your expenses while you are unable to work.
We also understand that you might still be in the hospital, especially if your truck accident injuries are severe. We will come to your hospital room or to your home to meet you or a trusted family member.
Contact Boohoff Law at (877) 999-9999 today to schedule a free consultation with our experienced North Port truck accident lawyers.
Boohoff Law North Port
14900 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287