Gainesville Truck Accident Attorneys
Large Commercial Vehicle Accidents in Florida
If you or someone you love was involved in a car accident with a semi-truck, 18-wheeler, or another large commercial vehicle, you are likely dealing with significant physical, emotional, and financial challenges. These types of accidents tend to be extremely devastating, often leading to catastrophic injury and death. Getting back on your feet after a large truck accident can be difficult, but having an attorney by your side can make all the difference.
At Schackow & Mercadante, our Gainesville truck accident attorneys have more than 126 years of collective experience. We have successfully represented clients throughout North Central Florida in all types of complex motor vehicle accident claims, including those involving semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles. We understand the ins and outs of the legal system, as well as how to protect your rights and the full, fair compensation you are owed.
Contact our firm today at (352) 261-6767 or use our secure online submission form to request a free initial consultation with a member of our team.
Who Is Liable for a Truck Accident?
Under Florida’s no-fault auto insurance system, you may be eligible for compensation through your own personal injury protection (PIP) coverage after a truck accident. However, PIP only covers up to 80% of your medical expenses and up to 60% of your lost wages; it does not provide any compensation for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
For many truck accident victims, this is simply not enough.
The good news is that you may be entitled to go outside the no-fault system and bring a claim directly against the liable party. This requires proving that your injuries meet the state’s definition of a “serious injury” and that someone else was partly or entirely responsible for the accident.
Determining who is liable for a truck accident is often much more difficult than identifying the liable party in a standard auto accident claim. This is because there are usually many underlying factors involved in large commercial vehicle collisions. Truck driver error or negligence may be one cause, but it might not be the only—or even the primary—reason for the accident.
Depending on the specific details of your case, any of the following parties (or others) could be liable:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The company that owns or leases the truck
- The truck driver’s employer
- A manufacturer
- The entity responsible for loading truck cargo/freight
- A municipal or governmental agency
- The party responsible for roadway maintenance
- Another motorist
At Schackow & Mercadante, we have the resources to effectively investigate truck accident claims and determine who is liable for our clients’ damages. We work with accident reconstructionists and other experts to evaluate the cause of the crash, as well as the severity of your injuries and the effect they have had—and will continue to have—on your life. This allows us to develop powerful, evidence-based legal strategies and fight for the full, fair compensation you are owed.
Common Causes of Large Truck Accidents
Some of the most common causes of semi-truck, 18-wheeler, and other large truck accidents include:
- Truck driver error, negligence, and inexperience
- Distracted driving, including using a cellphone
- Speeding, reckless driving, and other traffic violations
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Fatigued driving and hours-of-service violations
- Negligent trucking company practices
- Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo/freight
- Poorly maintained trucks
- Improper truck inspections and repairs
- Defective truck design and/or parts
- Inadequate roadway maintenance
- Dangerous road conditions
By identifying the exact cause(s) of the collision, our Gainesville truck accident attorneys can determine who is responsible for your damages. We take the necessary time to investigate claims and evaluate all available evidence on behalf of our clients.
Fighting to Maximize Your Recovery
Large truck accidents often lead to devastating, life-altering injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputation, and more. In many cases, these incidents are fatal.
The point of filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim in the wake of a truck accident is to recover compensation for certain economic and non-economic losses resulting from the accident. A successful case can also provide a much-needed sense of justice, allowing you and your family to heal.
At Schackow & Mercadante, we fight for the maximum recovery our clients deserve. Our team is often able to recover compensation for the following types of damages:
- Emergency medical care
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Surgeries and other treatments
- Physical therapy
- Future medical expenses
- Lost income/wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Diminished earning capacity
- Physical and mental pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and anguish
- In-home assistance and care
- Home modifications
When a loved one passes away due to a large truck accident, our firm may be able to assist you in filing a wrongful death claim and seeking compensation for damages such as funeral/burial costs, medical expenses, lost income, lost inheritance, and loss of love, companionship, support, services, guidance, counsel, comfort, and society.
What Is the Statute of Limitations on Truck Accident Lawsuits in Florida?
After a truck accident, you have just two years to file your claim in court. If someone you love passed away, and you wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit, you have just two years from the date of death to do so. In any case, if you miss the filing deadline, and the statute of limitations expires, the court will almost certainly dismiss your case.
We encourage you to act quickly, as two years is not very long when it comes to investigating and litigating your case. The sooner our Gainesville truck accident lawyers can begin reviewing the details of your case, the sooner we can start fighting for the justice you deserve.
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Why Hire a Truck Accident Attorney?
It is not unusual for a trucking company or its insurance company to offer a quick settlement that may be well below your financial needs. Never rush to settle with a defendant's adjuster following a collision with a commercial vehicle—but don't compromise your rights to seek compensation by waiting too long to act.
Our lawyers can help you obtain the immediate medical care you need, as well as seek compensation for lost wages, long-term rehabilitation, permanent disabilities, and more. If you've been involved in a crash with any commercial vehicle, our truck accident lawyer can meet with you in Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City, or any of the surrounding areas to discuss the specifics of your claim.
Contact us online or call (352) 261-6767 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
“I am a UF student who got injured on campus and Schackhow and Mercadante handled my case extremely well. Everything was settled in about a year and I highly recommend them for any personal injury case in which you are a victim in any capacity.”