Seasoned Tampa Truck Accident Lawyers
Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC offers seasoned legal representation to victims of truck crash cases. Our Spring Hill truck accident attorneys have more than 50 years of combined legal practice experience, and have handled numerous Florida truck collision cases, including crashes caused by unsafe wide turns. Our lawyers provide effective advocacy and representation to help you get fair compensation for your truck accident injuries. Contact us to discuss how we can help you assert your rights.
Wide Turns and Trucks
Trucks are particularly difficult to maneuver, and even an experienced driver can have trouble making wide turns. Trucks can weigh up to 40 tons or more, and some semitrailers are as long as 48 feet in length. Because of their size, trucks have larger blind spots than other vehicles. These factors can make it difficult for a driver to make a wide turn, especially on a street.
Truck drivers must receive adequate training to drive their vehicles, which includes knowing how to properly execute a turn. A driver must be able to swing the truck wide enough to execute a turn without compromising the safety of others or property. A driver who miscalculates a turn can injure pedestrians or cause significant property damage. Cars may also get trapped in the gap between the truck and the curb, injuring drivers and passengers in the process.
Wide Turns and Liability for a Crash
A truck driver may be accountable for your injuries if you were hurt by an improperly executed wide turn. Truck drivers in Florida must exercise care when they are on the road, which includes negotiating wide turns only when it is safe to do so. Other factors can also contribute to a driver’s failure to make a safe wide turn, including fatigue and inadequate training.
To hold the truck driver liable, you generally must establish liability under a theory of negligence. You would have to prove that the driver had a duty to exercise reasonable care, but breached this duty by his or her actions. You must be able to show a causal connection between the breach of the duty and your injuries to recover damages.
You may also have a claim against the truck driver’s employer. Trucking companies must train and supervise their drivers. If they fail to do so, they may be directly liable for their negligence. Examples of truck company negligence can include lack of appropriate driver training, inadequate drug or alcohol testing, and lax monitoring of compliance with federal hours-of-service requirements. A thorough investigation of the accident will help determine if any of these factors contributed to a driver’s inability to execute a wide turn.
A defendant in your case may blame you for causing your injuries. You have the right to recover damages even if you were partly at fault for your injuries. In Florida, fault will be apportioned among all the parties, and you may recover in proportion to your degree of fault.
In some truck accident cases, it may be difficult to obtain records or other evidence that can prove a driver or employer’s negligence. Spoliation of evidence occurs when evidence that helps one party in a lawsuit is destroyed, modified, or lost. The party that spoils evidence may be subject to sanctions if a court finds that it intentionally destroyed or altered evidence. If you act promptly after a crash, it may be possible to obtain critical evidence before it becomes compromised.
You can potentially recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages by establishing a defendant’s liability. You may file a wrongful death suit if your relative died in a crash, and possibly recover for medical and burial expenses, lost wages, and other damages based on your relationship to the victim. Florida has time limits on personal injury and wrongful death claims (four years and two years, respectively). A knowledgeable truck accident attorney can discuss your rights with you and help you initiate a suit.
Wide Turn Accident Attorney Legal Counseling and Representation
The North Tampa truck accident lawyers at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC have significant experience handling truck crash cases in Florida. Our attorneys understand the complexities of federal and state trucking laws, and have the advocacy experience to help you assert your claim for compensation. As a boutique personal injury firm, we can take on large cases without compromising our dedication to client service. We serve clients throughout Pasco County, Citrus County, and the surrounding locations. Call us today or fill out our online form to arrange a consultation with us at no cost.