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Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers > Port Richey Truck Accident Lawyer

Port Richey Truck Accident Attorney Nicoletti Law FirmEvery day thousands of large commercial trucks drive on Florida roads. These trucks deliver goods and supplies to businesses and consumers across the south. These large trucks can easily weigh 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. In comparison, the average motor vehicle weighs just 3,000 pounds.

As you might imagine, when an accident occurs, the occupants in the passenger vehicle are the ones who suffer the majority of the injuries. These injuries are often severe and result in a lifetime of pain, suffering, and disability.

For these reasons, truck accident survivors need a law firm on their side that understands the complexities of these cases. After all, truck accident cases are different from other types of personal injury cases.

As such, injury firms must investigate these cases from multiple angles to identify all the parties that bear responsibility. This can take a considerable amount of time and resources. It also takes experience handling truck accident cases specifically.

At Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers our Port Richey truck accident attorneys have helped truck accident survivors in Port Richey and beyond. Our law firm offers free initial consultations so you can review your legal options.

We take your case seriously and we work tirelessly to protect you and your rights after a serious truck accident.

Experience Matters

When a truck accident occurs, you need someone on your side who understands the issues you may face. Truck accident survivors often face an uphill battle when trying to collect compensation after an accident. That’s because trucking companies have large teams on their side working around the clock to reduce their liabilities. That is why you need a law firm on your side that can tackle these cases aggressively from the start.

At Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers, our lawyers understand the complications that often surround truck accident cases. We know how to hold negligent truck companies and truck drivers accountable for their mistakes. Our lawyers are not afraid to go toe-to-toe with these large companies and their insurers and we know how to win.

Our track record of success speaks for itself and is a major reason why so many injured Florida trucking accident survivors choose Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers to represent them.

Here are just a few of the injured Port Richey accident survivors we helped.

  • $3.68 million for a truck accident resulting in back injuries
  • $3.3 million for a truck accident resulting in multiple orthopedic fractures
  • $1.25 million for a truck accident resulting in brain injuries and TMJ
  • $900,000 for a truck accident that resulted in long-term brain injuries
  • $880,000 for a truck accident that resulted in back and neck surgery

 

Truck Accidents in Port Richey

An estimated 32,000 truck accidents occur on Florida highways every year, according to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles report. These accidents result in significant injury and death to thousands of Floridians, many of which live in Pasco County.

In Pasco County alone, more than 500 commercial trucking accidents occur on roads and highways, killing nearly a dozen people and injuries over 200 more a year. Trucking accidents most frequently occur on U.S. 98, U.S. 19, SR 52, and SR 54. U.S. 98. In fact, U.S. 98 is one of the most dangerous highways in the United States.

Port Richey truck accident survivors often find their lives turned upside down after a crash. Insurance companies may even turn a cold shoulder to victims after they suffer an injury, constantly pointing the finger of blame elsewhere. That is why Port Richey accident survivors need a lawyer from Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers on their team. They need someone who can hold insurers accountable and who can level the playing field from the start. Even before you call your own insurance company, reach out to Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers to help.

Causes of Port Richey Truck Accidents

When a truck accident occurs, the cause of the accident is not always apparent. That is because multiple causes may factor into a serious truck crash. Identifying what caused the accident is an important step in determining who may bear responsibility for the crash.

Some of the most common causes of truck accidents in Port Richey include:

  • Distraction. Distracted driving is on the rise and even truck drivers can find themselves tempted to engage in distractions while driving. Texting, talking on phones, eating, and drinking while operating a large commercial vehicle can have deadly consequences.
  • Fatigue. Truck driver fatigue is a serious issue. The FMCSA tried to reduce the instances of truck driver fatigue by implementing stricter rules and regulations. While these regulations helped, truck driver fatigue still causes 13 percent of all trucking accidents.
  • Inexperience. Trucking companies may feel pressured to get their goods delivered quickly to turn a profit. As a result, they may put inexperienced truck drivers out on the road. Inexperienced drivers may not react appropriately in emergencies or may make critical errors while driving.
  • Driving under the influence. Unfortunately, drug use and alcohol use is still prevalent in the trucking industry. Illicit, prescription, and OTC medication use caused more than 30 percent of all trucking accidents in the U.S. In addition, drivers with a BAC level of 0.08 or higher cause 3 percent of all trucking accidents.
  • Speeding. Large commercial trucks are difficult to control. When driving over the speed limit, they can become even more difficult to operate safely. Speeding is the cause of more than 23 percent of all truck driving accidents.
  • Poor roads. City, county, and state governments must properly care for the roads in their communities. This involves fixing potholes, broken side rails, and making sure that the roads are safe to drive on. When they fail to do this, poor road design or maintenance can cause serious and catastrophic trucking accidents in Port Richey.
  • Improper maintenance. Trucking companies must properly maintain their vehicles to keep them safe. When trucking companies fail to properly maintain their fleet, trucks can break or fail suddenly on the road. This can lead to deadly trucking accidents.
  • Inclement weather. Poor weather can make it even harder to control a large big rig on the road. Icy, snowy, and wet roads may cause a truck driver to slip or slide on the road. When this happens, they can jackknife or run off the road and into other vehicles.
  • Improperly loaded trucks. Shipping companies must properly secure loads inside cargo beds and trucks. When they fail to properly secure loads, these loads can suddenly shift, causing serious accidents.
  • Defects. Trucking companies and truck part manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their products. When parts contain defects, they can cause horrific truck accidents. Tire defects, braking defects, and steering component failure can result in deadly crashes.

 

Proving Liability After a Truck Accident in Port Richey

After a truck accident in Port Richey, accident survivors need a law firm on their side from the start. Proving liability is the key to collecting the compensation you need. In many truck accidents, multiple parties share liability. As such, your attorney needs to investigate all angles of your accidents.

Some of the liable parties in a truck accident include:

  • Truck driver
  • Trucking company
  • Truck manufacturer
  • Truck part manufacturer
  • Shipping company
  • Third-party maintenance company

How could multiple parties share liability? Suppose a speeding truck driver caused your accident. At first glance, it may look like the truck driver is completely to blame for the crash and your injuries. However, the investigation revealed that the shipping company failed to secure the loads inside the truck properly. These unsecured loads caused the truck driver to lose control when traveling at faster speeds. As such, both the truck driver and the shipping company may share liability for the accident.

Port Richey Truck Accident Injuries and Damages

Unfortunately, the vast majority of truck accidents result in serious and catastrophic injuries. These injuries are often life-threatening and result in a lifetime of pain and suffering, as well as disability.

Some of the most common truck accident injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Fractures
  • Amputations and disfigurement
  • Abrasions and lacerations
  • Internal organ damage
  • Burns
  • PTSD

Injured truck accident victims often need extraordinary amounts of compensation to help pay for their injuries. This includes compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earnings, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Compensation should also include any money needed to repair property, and vehicular damage.

Depending on the injury, truck accident victims may need millions to put their lives back together again. For example, brain injury survivors may need between one and three million just to help them throughout their lives. Any compensation you receive must take into account how your injuries impact your present, as well as your future.

Filing a Port Richey Truck Accident Lawsuit

Florida is one of 12 states that operate as no-fault states. That means that you do not have to prove fault to collect compensation for your injuries. Instead, you must turn to your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance policy to help you pay medical expenses after an accident.

In Florida, drivers carry $10,000 in PIP protection. As such, they can obtain up to $10,000 to help them cover initial medical expenses after a crash. However, this policy is quickly exhausted after a serious truck accident.

When you exhaust your PIP policy, you can then file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent parties. To do this, it is important to contact an experienced Port Richey truck accident attorney at Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers.

We Get to Know You

Our lawyers will begin by meeting with you in a free initial consultation. We want to get to know you and your case. In addition, we want you to get to know us, so you feel supported every step of the way. Every truck accident case in Port Richey is different. That is why we meet with you and examine your case closely. In our meeting, we can review your legal options with you, so you can choose the one that is best for you and your family.

We Investigate Your Truck Accident

Once we begin building your case, we investigate your accident carefully. This often involves reviewing police reports and medical records, as well as interviewing eyewitnesses and medical experts. It may also involve examining crash sites, requesting black box data, and preserving vital evidence. In some cases, we may need to employ accident recreation experts and forensic teams to build your case. Through an extensive investigation, we can identify all negligent parties and begin filing claims against them.

We Fight For You

After we investigate your accident, we then begin fighting aggressively for you and your future. This may involve aggressive negotiations with insurance companies and their agents. To do this, we work with your medical team to accurately determine how your injuries will affect your life and your future. If necessary, we are not afraid to go to trial to obtain the money you deserve. Our experienced Port Richey litigators have won large trucking awards for our injured truck accident clients.

Contact Our Port Richey Truck Accident Lawyers

 Nicoletti Law Firm LogoIf you suffered an injury in a truck accident in Port Richey or anywhere in the state of Florida, you need an experienced law firm on your side from the start. Our Port Richey truck accident lawyers can help you obtain the money you need and hold negligent trucking companies and drivers accountable.

We know you need money now to pay for medical expenses and damages. That is why we work quickly to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Call us at (727) 845-5972 or fill out our confidential contact form. We offer free consultations to help you explore all your legal options. Call us today and let us show you how we can help you as you navigate this difficult time.

To learn more about your rights after a truck accident, contact our experienced Port Richey personal injury attorneys.

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