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Florida Truck Accident Lawyer

According to the United States Department of Transportation, over 4,000 people a year lose their lives in accidents involving large trucks. Most of the victims are occupants of smaller vehicles and the rest are pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.

In addition, more than 150,000 people a year are severely or catastrophically injured in collisions with track trailers, 18 wheelers, and other large trucks.

Serious accidents involving large commercial trucks are increasing despite federal legislation requiring fewer hours on the road for drivers and mandating more frequent rest periods.

Truck accident victims can quickly run up huge bills for medical care and therapy while also suffering a long-term disability that greatly reduces their earning capacity.

That’s why it’s important to hire a Florida truck accident lawyer that knows how to help you collect the large amount of money you need to get your life back on track.

Call Denmon Pearlman at  813-694-4130 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation with a Florida Truck Accident Lawyer. No fee unless you win!

What Causes Truck Accidents?

Driving a large truck is no easy task, whether it’s barreling down the highway or making its way through bumper-to-bumper city traffic.

That’s why federal and state laws require training and licensing for all commercial drivers, but many trucking companies don’t follow the rules. These are the most common driver error related caused by truck accidents:

  • Distracted Driving such as using a mobile phone, texting, grooming, and eating;
  • Fatigue remains a major cause of truck accidents because truck companies and drivers making more money when they don’t rest;
  • Driving Under the Influence of drugs or alcohol is common due to boredom and the need to stay awake for long periods of time;
  • Speeding, in order to get the cargo to its destination more quickly, is common;
  • Lack of Experience and poor training causes many accidents, especially in inclement weather;
  • Disobeying Traffic Regulations, such as running a red light and blowing stop signs, and
  • Using Poor Judgment such as failing to reduce speed on curves and during heavy storms.

Some truck accidents are caused by the negligence of passenger car drivers that lack an understanding of how difficult it is for trucks to suddenly stop or change direction.

Other truck accidents are caused by the negligence of trucking companies that cut corners on safety to put more money in their pockets. These are some examples:

  • Hiring Inexperienced Loaders and failing to provide proper training, resulting in loading and cargo errors that can create hazardous conditions that can cause a driver to lose control of the truck;
  • Failure to Inspect and Repair trucks can lead to accidents caused by failed brakes, defective tires, and other maintenance problems;
  • Flaunting Laws and Regulations by requiring drivers to work longer than legally allowed and to skip legally mandated breaks and
  • Poor Hiring, Training, and Vetting such as hiring inexperienced drivers, not thoroughly training them on the trucks they’ll actually be driving, and hiring drivers with poor records

In order to collect the very large amount of money that’s necessary to compensate severely and catastrophically injured victims of truck accidents, it’s important to thoroughly investigate every aspect of the accident to determine all the factors that contributed to the crash.

When you hire an experienced Florida truck accident lawyer, they’ll leave no stone unturned to hold all the negligent parties responsible for your injuries accountable.

For example, an accident that results from a poorly loaded truck may bring in an additional defendant if the trucking company delegated loading to another company.

Types of Truck Crashes

Truck accidents can be complicated, so it’s important to understand who’s responsible for an accident and what injuries are likely for a particular type of crash.

These are the most common types of truck accident scenarios:

Hit in the Rear Accidents:

Rear accidents occur when a truck follows the vehicle in front of them too closely and is unable to stop in time. The heavy impact rear-end collision can cause severe neck and back injuries, in addition to other physical injuries.

Jackknife Crashes:

Jackknife crashes occur when a truck driver forcefully applies the brakes, causing the axle to lock up and the trailer to skid into a position 90 degrees from the tractor, with the driver losing control of the vehicle.

When this happens on the highway, multiple impacts, fires, and explosions are likely.

Rollover Accidents:

Rollover Accidents are can be extremely deadly, especially for unrestrained vehicle occupants, including truck drivers. They’re usually caused by the following factors:

  • Taking a corner to quickly;
  • Hitting a curb or pothole;
  • Improper loading and
  • And subsequent to any type of loss of control.

Head-on Collisions:

Head-on Collisions cause a large percentage of fatalities and catastrophic injuries due to the heaviness of the impact due to the multiplying of force when two vehicles hit head-on.

It’s important to understand the physical forces at play that cause truck accidents and the injuries that are likely to result from a particular scenario in order to collect the largest possible amount of money damages.

That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced Florida truck accident lawyer to handle your case.

What Damages Can Victims Collect?

Truck accident victims are entitled to collect economic and non-economic compensatory damages and sometimes punitive damages. Economic damages are compensation for the calculable costs and losses that result from an accident, including the following:

  • Hospitalization costs including testing, surgery, and other procedures performed at the hospital;
  • Doctors, Nurses, Physicians Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners;
  • Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and other rehabilitation specialists;
  • Accommodations to home and vehicle;
  • Prosthetics and other appliances;
  • Residential long term care or home health care;
  • Lost Wages;
  • Lost Business Revenue and the cost of replacing your services at your business;
  • Lost Future Earning Capacity and
  • Retraining Costs.

In addition to these quantifiable costs, it’s also possible to make a claim against the responsible parties for the subjective experience of your injuries including:

  • Pain;
  • Suffering;
  • Mental Anguish;
  • Embarrassment;
  • Humiliation;
  • Loss of Consortium and
  • Disfigurement.

In rare cases, punitive damages may be awarded if the actions of the defendant were intentional and egregious such as intentionally sending a driver out in a truck with faulty brakes.

When you hire an experienced Florida truck accident lawyer you greatly increase your chances of collecting the large amount of money you need to get your life back.

Call Denmon Pearlman at  813-694-4130 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation with a Florida Truck Accident Lawyer. No fee unless you win!

Common Injuries From Truck Accidents

Due to the heavyweight and heft of large commercial trucks such as tractor-trailers and 18 wheelers, the injuries sustained by occupants of passenger cars, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists can be very severe.

These are the most common types of injuries from truck accidents:

Head Injuries:

Rollovers, Jackknife accidents, and Head-on Collision with large trucks often cause Traumatic Brain Injuries (TMIs) that impair physical and mental functioning.

Back and Neck Injuries

High impact collisions with trucks can cause spinal cord injuries (SCIs) that result in paralysis from the area of the injury down and paraplegia or quadriplegia.


Compound and complex fractures often require multiple surgeries to repair and require the insertion of appliances to hold the bones and joints in place.


Traumatic amputations are when a limb is severed as a direct result of an accident. Reattachment can be successful if the limb is in good condition and the procedure is done promptly. Surgical amputation is when the limb is so badly damaged it must be removed. In either case, prosthetics can often restore a great deal of function.


Deep and jagged cuts can cause permanent disfigurement and require expensive plastic surgery.

Internal Injuries

Internal injuries sometimes require immediate surgery at Level 1 Trauma center.


Severe burns from fires and explosions during a crash require immediate treatment and often require skin grafts, plastic surgery, and other long-term follow-up care.

It’s not always possible to know how serious an injury is immediately after an accident. That’s why it’s important to always go to the hospital by ambulance from the scene of a crash. Some life-threatening internal injuries or head injuries are not symptomatic immediately and can only be diagnosed with C-scans and MRI’s.

The most important thing to consider right after an accident is your health and the health of those around you. Once you’ve been treated, it’s important to hire the best Florida truck accident lawyer to hold the responsible parties accountable.

How Collecting Compensation Aids Recovery

Since 2010, health insurance companies cannot cap maximum or yearly benefits for the following essential services:

  • Emergency Services;
  • Hospitalization;
  • Pregnancy and Newborn Care;
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse;
  • Rehabilitative Services and Devices;
  • Laboratory Services;
  • Chronic Disease Management;
  • Prevention and Wellness and
  • Pediatric care, including oral and vision care.

This was a tremendous improvement from the previous laws which allowed insurance companies to cap most services, but there are notable omissions and gray areas that can leave injury victims stranded due to disputes over whether care or procedures are medically necessary such as:

  • Cosmetic Surgery;
  • Prosthetics;
  • Dental Implants;
  • Knee Replacements;
  • Massage Therapy and
  • Acupuncture.

Most insurance policies don’t cover long-term residential care or home health care, leaving families to pay enormous out-of-pocket costs for care. Even for covered services, the cost of co-pays and deductibles can bankrupt a family that’s also lost income due to a disabled breadwinner.

Catastrophic injury victims benefit from getting state-of-the-art care, which isn’t always available within HMO networks of most health insurance policies.

Seeking out the top specialists in the field is not feasible for most victims that rely on their health insurance to treat injuries such as amputations, paralysis, and traumatic brain injuries.

That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced Florida truck accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident to obtain the compensation that will allow you to get the best possible care.

Call Denmon Pearlman at  813-694-4130 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation with a Florida Truck Accident Lawyer. No fee unless you win!

How To Preserve Your Truck Accident Claim

If you’re in a truck accident, it’s important to seek treatment for your injuries immediately to show the connection between your injuries and the accident. It’s also prudent because some serious traumatic injuries are not immediately symptomatic.

That’s why the first thing to do after an accident is always to call 911 to summon the police and an ambulance. While you’re waiting, if you’re able, take photos and videos of the scene with details such as the license plates and any writing on the truck that indicates ownership and control.

Be sure to capture street signs that establish the accident’s location and well as all vehicles involved. Scour the scene for clues such as a downed stop sign, skid marks, cargo on the road, or potholes. This information could be helpful if the cause of the accident becomes disputed.

What a Florida Truck Accident Lawyer Can Do For You

If you or somebody you love has been involved in a truck accident, the road to recovery can be long and difficult, but with the help of an experienced Florida truck accident lawyer, you have the best chance of regaining your physical and mental health.

Starting with a thorough and professional investigation into the cause of the truck accident, the hard work of finding all responsible parties and gathering evidence to prove their wrongdoing begins. Instead of worrying about the paperwork piling up on your desk, you can hand it over to your attorney for processing.

As soon as you hire a Florida truck accident attorney, you’re able to stop worrying about your claim and begin focusing completely on healing.

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Tampa, FL 33614

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