St. Petersburg Truck Accident Lawyer
Unfortunately, cars and other passenger vehicles have to share the same roads as semi-truck goliaths, weighing up to 80,000 pounds and posing an exceptionally large threat to all traffic around them. Truck drivers are notorious for driving distracted, dangerously tired, and aggressively. Navigating around a large, slower moving truck can intimidate even the hardiest of commuters, and for good reason. According to one source, information compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that nine percent of all fatal collisions involve a large truck, yet large trucks only make up four percent of all vehicles on the roads. This means that large trucks are more than twice as likely to be involved in a fatal collision than other vehicles. Trucks are hard to see around, slow to stop, and can be difficult to operate even under perfect driving and driver conditions. If you have been injured in a crash that was caused by a large truck, we will prove that the other party was at fault by compiling evidence and gather witness statements. Our St. Petersburg truck accident lawyers will hold the negligent party accountable for the serious injuries that you have sustained.
No-Fault Roadway Accidents in Florida
In Florida, you can only file a lawsuit or seek compensation from the negligent party if your injuries are very severe, or specifically, permanent. This includes permanent scarring or disfigurement, impairment or loss of bodily functions, or death. Otherwise, if the injuries are “moderate,” you must go to your own insurance company or PIP insurance plan to cover your medical costs. However, due to the serious nature of commercial vehicle collisions, serious and permanent injuries are all too common. We help clients recover the following damages resulting from truck collisions:
- Medical expenses;
- Future medical expenses;
- Long-term medical treatment or medical facility/staff care;
- Lost wages and future earning ability;
- Disability pay and accommodations;
- Emotional and psychological damage;
- Pain and suffering;
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement;
- Loss of enjoyment in life; and
- Wrongful death and funeral expenses.
Florida’s Minimums do Not Usually Pertain to Commercial Vehicles or Large Trucks
The mandatory minimum of insurance for a St. Petersburg Florida driver is $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance and $10,000 in property damage liability (PDL) insurance. If it is found that a driver who was responsible for causing injury to another did not have these minimums of insurance at the time of the collision, their license will be revoked for the next 20 years (or until the judgment is satisfied) by the Bureau of Motorists Compliance. Neither of these types of insurance are applicable to paying for your injuries, but commercial vehicles are generally insured with much large policies. It is not atypical for a victim of a large truck collision, who as suffered very serious injuries, to be compensated in the six to seven figures.
Contact Our Experienced St. Petersburg Truck Accident Lawyers Today
If you were injured by a large truck, contact our St. Petersburg truck accident lawyers today. Call Barbas, Nuñez, Sanders, Butler & Hovsepian today at 1-800-227-2275 for immediate assistance.