Truck accident claims have been handled across the country since 1955, and we earned a reputation as one of the most successful personal injury law firms in the country, winning over $ 4 billion in jury judgments and settlements.
Our law firm is located in downtown Pensacola, and thirty-five lawyers live in the Pensacola community. We have handled more truck accident claims in northwest Florida for injured people than any other legal firm.
What causes the most truck collisions
Every year, approximately 500,000 large vehicles (known as tractor-trailers or “semi-trailers”) participate in crashes in the United States. Roughly 5,000 of these collisions result in deaths and more than 100,000 results in serious personal injury. In fact, one in eight deaths is caused by an accident involving a large truck.
Not surprisingly, most deaths and personal injuries involve passengers in cars crashing into tractors. Truck drivers usually run away. Ninety-eight percent (98%) of people who die in such accidents are people in small passenger cars.
Many technical factors can cause a truck accident, which is why these types of lawsuits require personal injury lawyers with significant experience in trucking cases.
Here are some of the more common reasons:
– Driver fatigue
-Training and experience of unsuitable drivers
-Drug and alcohol abuse by the driver
– Incorrect maintenance
– Incorrect size, weight, and loading
-Failure to follow federal trucking laws and regulations
-Roads and environmental conditions
-Improperly adjusted speed and brakes
-Cell phone use and text messaging
-Inappropriate reactions to the situation
What are the federal laws governing tractor-trailer drivers?
A commercial vehicle carrier is a person driving a vehicle across state lines when the vehicle: (1) weighs 10,001 pounds or more; (2) It has a gross vehicle weight rating or a gross compound weight of 10,001 pounds or more; (3) Designed or used to carry 16 or more passengers (including the driver) and not for compensation; (4) Designed or used to transport 9 or more (including the driver) for compensation, Or (5) Transport hazardous materials in quantities that require signage.
Hours of Operation – Commercial vehicle operating company drivers are permitted to drive up to 11 hours per day with a 14-hour workday limit. The maximum average workweek is 70 hours; however, those who reach a maximum of 70 hours of driving during a week can resume driving if they rest for 34 consecutive hours. Drivers are required to take a 30-minute break during the first eight hours of shifting.
Drug Test – Drivers are tested for the following drugs before employment and after most trucking accidents involving bodily injury or death: marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, methamphetamines, and phencyclidine.
How do I choose a truck accident lawyer?
First, determine whether the lawyers you are considering focus their practice on handling carrier cases and whether they have a track record of successfully litigating these types of cases. Many lawyers claim to have this experience but have simply tried to settle cases quickly and do not wish to go to trial. Insurance companies generally know who these lawyers are and will attempt to offer less than the fair settlement value.
Our company is always ready and prepared for trial if the case cannot settle the appropriate amount under the law. We do this multiple times every year, and we have had over 60 years.
We have won more than 150 jury judgments with over $ 1 million each, totaling over 4 billion. We are named “One of the Most Winning Firms in America” by the National Law Journal, and are listed in America’s Best Lawyers; Super Lawyers Hall of Fame.
How much does it cost to hire a truck accident lawyer?
We offer a completely free confidential consultation, and if we are fortunate enough to hire us, we will never charge you any fees or costs unless you recover first. This type of fee is known as an emergency fee.
The fees we charge range from 20% to 40% depending on how much we get you back. For a detailed discussion of fees and costs, click Fees and Charges.
Does Levin Papantoniou accept my case?
Our lawyers have been dealing with truck accident cases since 1955. We have successfully handled these cases across the country.
Whether we will accept your specific case depends on the individual circumstances of each case. We guarantee that we will take your call, provide you with a completely free consultation, discuss the facts of your case, and tell you honestly and directly if we can help you. If not, we will try to take you to someone who can. We will also tell you exactly what will be involved in following your case, how long it will take to resolve it, and the potential amount that you will receive.
How long will it take to solve my claim?
Truck accidents can vary from several weeks to years before they are settled or get paid as a result of a jury trial. Every situation is different. We will need to review the facts of your individual case and then initiate an investigation into all circumstances before we can provide you with a good estimate.
Generally, however, you should be prepared for the process that takes 1 year in simple cases to 3-4 years in complex cases. False deaths generally take longer than personal injury cases. A good estimate is 2 – 5 years depending on the complexity.
How long should I attend a truck accident suit?
There is no easy answer to this question because it depends on several factors. For example, if the accident happened in Pensacola, Florida, you will have a four-year limitation period to file a lawsuit if the accident caused bodily injury, but a two-year limitation period for truck accidents that resulted in death. If the accident was caused by a government entity, there are claims procedures that must be filed six months before the lawsuit is filed, and there is also a maximum period of three years.
There are many factors that determine how long you have to file a lawsuit, such as: (1) Where the injury or death occurred; (2) The type of damage suffered; (3) Whether the counterparty is an individual, company, or governmental entity; (4) When you are aware of or should have known about the injury; And many other factors.
The most important thing is that you immediately seek legal advice when you are aware of a possible injury after an accident, even if you decide not to hire a lawyer. We will provide you with free, confidential advice, even if you decide not to hire us. That way, you can at least determine your rights, and how long you must follow them.
What must I prove to be successful in my application?
For your claim to be successful, you will generally have to demonstrate three elements: (1) The counterparty has done negligently, recklessly, or intentionally; (2) The act was a legal cause of injury to him or death; And (3) the extent of the damage caused.
Regarding the first element, negligence is a person’s failure to use reasonable care, which is care that a reasonably cautious person would use under the same circumstances. The second component, legal cause (also known as a proximal cause), occurs when a careless act produces or significantly contributes to the production of injury or death.
The third component is the damage. You will need to prove the extent of the damage to the neglect. In the case of personal injury, the damage includes physical pain and suffering. Mental pain and suffering; medical expenses; And the loss of wages. In an unlawful death lawsuit, it includes medical and funeral expenses; Mental pain and suffering; loss of support; And the loss of real estate in the future.