Have you been in a truck related accident?
If you or someone you love is a victim of a truck related accident, the law firm of Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh can help. Accidents involving large trucks are particularly devastating to the victim and their family. Victims are often left with massive health bills, the inability to work, and dramatic life changes as a result of truck related accidents.
Large trucks represent a huge hazard to our road systems and require the utmost attention to safety precautions to keep everyone on the road safe. Yet the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates over 273,000 crashes involving large trucks every year. In a year alone, this results in over 110,000 innocent people injured by crashes, including over 5000 deaths. Our firm understands the complicated safety regulations in place to keep you safe and can help determine where negligence or product failure has occurred.
Often, careful scrutiny is required to determine the party at fault for the accident because it could involve many different people. Truck drivers, companies, or manufacturers may be at fault. Frequently, evidence can be overlooked or requires knowledge and experience to seek it out.
We want to be sure that you are fully and fairly compensated for your losses and that the party or parties at fault are held responsible. Our law firm will help to ensure you are compensated maximally for all of your losses and the trauma you experience after a devastating accident. We will fight for you and your rights.
How are truck accident cases different?
Trucking accidents can be complicated due to the number of parties that could have played a role in causing the accident. Responsible parties may include the truck driver, all companies owning or leasing the trucks, or the manufacturer of the truck or truck components. Each of these parties may be liable, but determining liability is specific to your situation. Thus, truck accidents often require a thorough investigation. Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh can help collect evidence to support and strengthen your claim and ensure you are rightly compensated.
Truck accidents can be caused by negligence or product liability and can even result in wrongful death. Negligence can result from driver related problems such as dangerous fatigue, failure to observe traffic laws and signage, inexperience, failing to take breaks or stop at weigh stations, not seeing other vehicles on the road, and more. Trucking company negligence can include exceeding regulated weight for freight, operating trucks too big for the roads they are traveling on, failing to maintain and update truck components, not checking tire air and other vehicle safety features, and failing to train their drivers properly. Sometimes several types of negligence may have resulted in your accident.
Product liability means that the truck or a part of the truck had a defect that made it unreasonably dangerous. In cases of product liability, a claim will be made against the manufacturer of the truck or one of its parts. In product liability cases, we work with experts to examine and test the truck and its parts and obtain testimony from drivers, members of involved companies, and often manufacturers.
Devastatingly, wrongful death can be the result of a trucking accident, requiring the victim’s family to represent the victim in the case. In wrongful death cases, we will help you recover all personal and economic damages in the face of incredibly difficult times for you and your family.
Furthermore, trucking companies can do a variety of things to obscure liability after accidents, which we are skilled in uncovering. We are fully prepared to compliment the official investigation with detailed examination of all relevant facts and documents. We will ensure that all details relating to your accident are included in a fair case.
All of these features of truck related accidents require skill, experience, and great attention to detail, which our firm can provide you.
Why should I work with an attorney?
Unlike many other firms, Shapiro Goldman Babboni & Walsh has the financial resources and experience necessary to research and prove your case. Our knowledge and experience can help you to determine when it’s better to settle and when it’s better to sue, and we will take your case to trial if necessary. Insurance companies often require mountains of paperwork which we are skilled in navigating; we reduce the complication and confusion you and your family have to face in difficult times.
A careful investigation done by expert lawyers can uncover a significant amount of overlooked or hidden evidence that can help your case. Our law firm often conducts our own investigations to scrutinize police reports, understand medical records in detail, interview doctors, review photo and video footage, work with experts to analyze the details of the accident and potential forensic evidence, and identify and interview any potential witnesses. With all of these facts and details in hand, we construct the strongest and most representative case for you.
Why choose Shapiro Goldman Babboni & Walsh?
Our law firm has a combined 100 years of serving and protecting people after tragic accidents. We’ve settled over 10,000 law suits quickly and without causing additional pain and suffering to our clients. Our reputation for success holds weight with insurance companies who would otherwise try to devalue your losses. This allows us to quickly and easily finalize your case in your best interest. We would never let an insurance company dictate the value of your injury and suffering. We will fight for you.
One attorney Bernard Walsh is very experienced in truck accident cases and is a member of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA). Trucking accidents are complicated and expensive for law firms to represent, but we have years of knowledge and the financial resources necessary to take on tough trucking accident cases. We will do whatever is necessary to ensure a fair case for you. From purchasing wrecked vehicles to recover evidence, to rapidly seeking court orders for trucking companies to turn over their logs and records before they are destroyed, we’ll be there for you after a trucking accident in ways you couldn’t imagine. We’ve even used cell tower tracking to verify truck routes, prove driver speeds, and investigate whether drivers obey required rest stops and weigh stations.
Our lawyers are experienced in navigating mountains of complicated paperwork, and understand the tactics trucking companies use to get out of liability. After a trucking accident, it’s in your best interest to seek a firm with as much experience and knowledge of these complicated cases as possible. Our knowledge and background in such cases is unmatched by other law firms. We are passionate about ensuring you are fairly and adequately compensated for the numerous losses you may experience after such an accident.
How Is Compensation Calculated?
Compensation for a trucking accident is particular to each case, and include financial and personal losses. Financial losses include your current medical expenses such as doctor bills, emergency room visits, medication costs, support devices, and possibly in-home nursing. Any potential future medical expenses that could arise will also be included, as some injuries are ongoing and require life-long medical care. Compensation for financial losses will also include any lost wages that have resulted in time off from work after the accident. If you are unable to return to work all potential wages lost in the future are also included in compensation calculations. We also calculate the impact of your accident on your future earning capacity.
Personal losses include compensation for your pain and suffering as a result of your physical injuries consequent from the accident. Mental anguish is also calculated as many victims suffer from anxiety after a scary accident and in some particularly devastating accidents post-traumatic stress disorder can result. In the case of death of a loved one, the loss of marital benefits from the loss of a spouse will also be factored in.
Our firm is skilled at calculating compensation based on the facts and evidence we overturn in our investigation. We will fight to ensure all of your losses are compensated for. We would never let an insurance company undervalue your loss and suffering.
Frequent Accident Causes
Most commonly, trucking accidents are caused by driver negligence or truck company negligence.
This could include the driver being fatigued and not taking regulated breaks, or a driver being under-trained or inexperienced. Truck company negligence can include not checking truck components and maintaining them appropriately.
Product liability might also be involved in trucking accidents. Product liability can be improperly manufactured truck components or whole. Trucking accidents can be complicated, but we will get to the bottom of your accident to understand all the causes.
Common injuries resulting from accidents
Injuries and trauma from truck accidents can be very severe, ranging from head trauma, to burns, to even death. Injuries from trucking accidents can include:
- Deep lacerations and wounds that can result in disfigurement or muscle damage
- Broken bones requiring months of healing and recovery
- Traumatic and painful burns that can be disfiguring and cause life-long pain
- Internal organ damage that can result in ongoing health complications
- Head injuries that could potentially result in brain damage
Fighting To Protect Your Rights
The lawyers of, Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, & Walsh represent individuals injured in truck accidents throughout Florida.
Our personal injury and wrongful death attorneys have extensive experience in claims that involve commercial truck, tractor-trailer, 18-wheeler, and semi-truck accidents, including truck rollovers and highway accidents.
The discovery of who is at fault in a truck accident is not a simple matter. It may lie with truck owners, trucking companies, drivers, or mechanics. It may also result from poor maintenance of vehicles or failure to abide by trucking laws.
If you or a family member has suffered injury as a result on an accident with a large truck suffered a wrongful death or a head, brain, neck, spinal cord, shoulder or neck injury after a truck accident, Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, & Walsh is prepared to help you seek justice.