New Port Richey Truck Accident Lawyer

 

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If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, a New Port Richey truck accident attorney at Dolman Law Group can discuss your rights. We understand how devastating a truck accident can be and want you to receive compensation for your losses. 

Are Truck Accidents Common?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), more than 12.5 million large commercial trucks and buses were registered in our country in 2016, and those vehicles traveled over 300 billion miles that year. Other 2016 statistics include:

  • More than 13 percent of fatal crashes throughout the country involved a large truck or bus.
  • Large trucks were involved in one percent of fatal crashes and 23 percent of injury crashes.
  • More than 70 percent of people killed in crashes with large trucks were drivers or passengers of other vehicles.

The FMCSA also reports that Florida was in the top ten states with the highest numbers of fatal large truck and bus crashes from 2015 to 2017

Damages You May Recover After a Truck Accident

After a truck accident, the court may require the liable party to pay for damages. Recoverable damages can be separated into two categories: economic and non-economic damages. 

Economic Damages You Could Recover

Economic damages include objective monetary losses you incurred after an accident. These could include: 

  • Medical costs: Any costs associated with medical bills may be recoverable in a truck accident lawsuit. These can include bills for ambulance rides, emergency room visits, hospital stays, x-rays, MRIs, or other scans. 
  • Rehabilitation costs: You may also recover costs associated with rehabilitation, including physical and occupational therapy. 
  • Auto repair or replacement costs: If your car was damaged in the accident, you could recover the money you spent to repair it. If your car was a total loss, you could recover the money you had to spend on a new vehicle.  
  • Lost income: If you had to be out of work for some time due to injuries from the accident, you may recover the income you lost. If you cannot go to work in the same capacity as before the accident, you could receive compensation for future lost earnings. 

Non-Economic Damages You Could Recover

Non-economic damages include subjective, non-monetary losses. There is not an exact dollar amount associated with these damages; however, your attorney can help you determine the value of your non-economic damages. These types of damages include: 

  • Pain and suffering: You may receive compensation for the physical pain you endured after a truck accident. 
  • Emotional distress: Many people involved in truck accidents develop some form of emotional distress. This can include anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or depression. 

Each truck accident case is different, so it is difficult to estimate the value of your case. An attorney at Dolman Law Group can give you a better idea of how much your case could be worth. 

Causes of New Port Richey Truck Accidents

Negligent and distracted truck drivers contribute to and cause catastrophic New Port Richey truck accidents that victimize individuals and their families in many ways. Other causes of New Port Richey truck accidents include:

  • Mechanical failures
    • Brakes
    • Tires
    • Trailer
    • Broken signals
    • Broken lights
  • Driver error
    • Fatigue
    • Cell phone use
    • Texting
    • Intoxication
    • Inexperienced driver

Injuries Caused from Trucking Accidents in New Port Richey

Truck accident victims can experience anything from mild to severe injuries. Oftentimes, because of the size discrepancy between a truck and a car, the resulting injuries and damages are serious. Whether the truck involved is a semi-truck or has an attached trailer, the impact is often just as devastating. 

New Port Richey truck accident victims may suffer from:

  • Fractured bones
  • Internal bleeding
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Traumatic head injury
  • Neck strains
  • Deep lacerations
  • Amputated limbs
  • Fatalities

Some of these injuries may require ongoing medical treatment and pain management, which may lead to lost wages and the inability of the injury victim to return to the job they held before the accident. As such, any settlement should reflect all of the costs of the victim's injuries.

You Have a Time Limit to File a Truck Accident Claim in Florida

According to Florida Statutes § 91.11, you typically have four years from the accident date to file a personal injury claim. After this deadline has passed, you may no longer be able to seek damages for your losses. Our attorneys will make sure you do not miss any deadlines. 

Dolman Law Group Has the Experience to Fight for the Compensation You Deserve

At Dolman Law Group, we know how scary a truck accident can be. We want to help remove any financial burden you may face after an accident. Our goal will always be to advocate for you to receive fair compensation. Our clients receive their attorney's cell phone number and email address, so they can reach them when needed. 

We are a smaller firm, so we will take the time and care your case needs. Although we are small, we still have the resources to go up against larger companies. Our attorneys are ready to advocate for you after you have been injured in a truck accident. 

Work With a Trucking Accident Lawyer in New Port Richey

Being involved in an accident with a truck can be a life-changing event, oftentimes with permanent disabilities and injuries. At our firm, we will handle all of the legal matters so you can focus on recovering. 

If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, a New Port Richey truck accident attorney can discuss your rights and file a claim for damages against the person or persons who may be responsible for your injuries and damages under Florida law, including the truck company if they are liable for your damages. Please call our New Port Richey office at (727) 451-6900 today.

New Port Richey Office
5924 Main St
New Port Richey, FL 34652
(727) 477-9660

Matthew Dolman

Clearwater Personal Injury and Insurance Attorney

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has represented over 11,000 injury victims and has served as lead counsel in over 1000 lawsuits. Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess or $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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