Truck Accidents

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Truck Accident Lawyers Serving Sarasota and Manatee

Many people who suffer severe injuries in truck accidents on I-75 and elsewhere in Sarasota and Manatee counties go without just compensation. This is because trucking companies and their insurers know how to work the system.

At Buckman & Buckman, P.A., Sarasota truck accident lawyers know the system, too. We can put our experience with handling truck accident cases to work for you and help you to pursue full and fair compensation for the harm you have suffered. We won’t back down.

A truck accident can involve extensive investigation. However, we will charge you no upfront fees. You will only pay us if we recover money for you.

Throughout your case, you will work one-on-one with your lawyer. A paralegal or case manager will never be your main point of contact. We believe that developing that type of close attorney-client relationship can go a long way when it comes to pursuing a successful outcome.

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What Makes Truck Accidents Different?

Those who have been involved in an accident with a large commercial truck know how it is unlike other types of accidents. Large trucks can cause devastating injuries. If a truck accident occurs in heavy traffic, it may trigger a pile-up that injures several people.

Truck accidents are different for many other reasons, including:

  • Truck size and weight. A fully loaded transfer truck can weigh more than 80,000 pounds. When you compare that to the 4,000-pound average weight of a passenger car, it is easy to see who suffers the most severe harm in a collision. In many semi-truck accidents, the trucker walks away, while car drivers and their passengers must be hospitalized.
  • Trucking companies. Many commercial trucks are put on the road by “carriers” that own the trucks and employ the drivers. Carriers may be large companies with deep pockets and legal resources to fight an accident victim’s claim. They can also be fly-by-night operations that simply close down and disappear after a bad accident – only to resume operations under another name. It is crucial to track down the trucking company involved in your crash.
  • Trucking regulations. Numerous state and federal laws regulate commercial trucks, carriers, truck drivers and their cargo. They regulate how long a trucker may remain behind the wheel in a single work day, how often a truck must be inspected, how cargo must be secured and various other aspects of the trucking industry. If a trucker or trucking company violates these rules and causes an accident, a victim may be entitled to compensation. It is important to work with a lawyer who has extensive knowledge and understanding of these regulations.

At Buckman & Buckman, we know how to navigate the many complex issues that arise in truck accident cases. We will conduct a thorough investigation of your commercial truck accident and explore all legal options available to you.

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What Compensation Can You Recover After a Truck Accident in Florida?

A commercial truck accident case may require filing claims against multiple parties, including:

  • Truck driver. The trucker’s negligence or recklessness may have caused the accident. Truckers too often drive when they are fatigued, distracted or impaired by alcohol or drugs (including prescription and over-the-counter drugs). They also drive aggressively by speeding or tailgating. Any of these practices can lead to a crash.
  • Trucking company. The carrier who employs a truck driver may be held liable for the driver’s negligence. Of course, a trucking company’s own wrongful conduct may contribute to a crash. Some companies push drivers to violate regulations in order to make deadlines. Some hire drivers who lack proper training or have a history of violations and accidents. Carriers may also fail to properly inspect and maintain their trucks.
  • Cargo owners or handlers. Cargo shifts can abruptly change the balance of a large truck and cause it to roll over or force the driver to lose control and crash. Cargo shifts typically occur because cargo is not properly loaded and secured. Some carriers load their own cargo. However, many companies and independent truckers rely on contractors or other parties to package and/or load truck cargo. Whoever mishandled cargo that contributes to a truck accident can be held accountable.
  • Truck or truck parts manufacturers or distributors. Many parts and systems must work together in order for a truck to safely travel on the highway, including brakes, tires, steering and lighting components. An investigation may reveal that a faulty truck or one of its parts caused an accident. A product liability claim would seek compensation from a manufacturer or distributor.

It takes a sophisticated investigation to uncover what caused a truck accident, including gathering and analyzing driver logs and other detailed trucking records. An investigation may require obtaining a court order to gain access to the truck’s “black box” recorder, which can provide details about the truck’s speed, steering, movement and braking just prior to the wreck. We may also depose the trucker, trucking company officials and others involved in the wreck.

At Buckman & Buckman, we often work with forensic specialists who can recreate truck accidents. Through principles of engineering and physics, they can determine and explain in detail how and why a semi-truck crash occurred.

Our goal will be to identify all factors that contributed to your truck accident and all compensation you may be entitled to receive. Rest assured, we will look at every angle in your case.

Our Truck Accident Lawyers Want to Help You

If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision caused by a large commercial truck, contact Buckman & Buckman today. Large truck accidents require immediate investigation in order to ensure that crucial evidence is preserved. We can start work on your case right away.

When you work with Buckman & Buckman, you will immediately see what is different about our law firm. You will speak directly with a lawyer about your case – not a paralegal or case manager. You will see that we go the extra mile to help our clients to get back on their feet.

We work with clients in Sarasota, Venice, Bradenton, North Port and throughout Florida. Get in touch with us today and tell us what happened to you. We will review your case for free and with no further obligation from you.

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