Andrew Stinnette Auto Accident Attorneys are here to support your auto accident personal injury law case whether major or minor. An otherwise minor accident can be extremely serious when commercial trucks are involved. Even low-speed collisions with commercial trucks can result in serious injury or wrongful death, and thousands of people die each year as a result of truck-related collisions. In the state of Florida, there were more than 28,000 Commercial Truck related accidents reported in 2012, and more than 3,400 in the Tampa Bay area alone. These numbers are small in comparison to auto accidents, however these can be much more dangerous because of the severity of the type and size of the vehicle involved. More than 45% of the Commercial Truck accidents in the Tampa Bay area resulted in a personal injury of some form. Even though truck accidents are not as common as other highway collisions, their weight, size, potentially dangerous loads, and slower ability to brake can all combine to cause devastating damage to anything in their way.
The trucking industry is subject to strict state and federal laws designed to keep all drivers on the road safe and to prevent needless accidents. Because of the risks, the operators and owners of these vehicles have an added responsibility to ensure the safety of other drivers on the road. Unfortunately, rules aren’t always obeyed and drivers and owners aren’t always as careful as they should be. Accidents can occur because of human errors like driver fatigue, speeding, poor judgment, improper lane changes, and pulling too quickly into the path of other vehicles. Worn tires, unbalanced truck loads, malfunctioning equipment or poor roads can also result in Commercial Truck collisions. In 2012, only 1% of the Commercial Truck accidents that occurred in the Tampa Bay area resulted in fatal accidents, however that still involved the wrongful deaths of more than 35 victims. Andrew Stinnette Personal Injury Attorneys wants to ensure your safety as well as your well-being and just compensation. If you are seeking a Commercial Truck accident attorney for your personal injury law case, please contact us today, and allow us to help you from the beginning of this tragic event to ensure you receive your due compensation.
So many factors play into a commercial truck collision that it may be difficult to understand who is at fault. For example, even though a driver may have caused the accident, the trucking company may also be at fault because it pressured drivers to skip mandatory rest breaks, did not provide adequate training, or employed drivers with bad records. Because commercial truck accidents can be so complex, we urge you to speak to a knowledgeable Florida or Tampa Bay area personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An experienced accident lawyer can help ensure that you do not bear the burden of an accident alone, explaining your options and helping you seek justice and fair compensation for your losses.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial truck accident, don’t wait to speak to a Florida or Pinellas Personal Injury Lawyer. With time, memories fade and evidence is swept away. It’s also important that you understand your rights and discuss your options with us before signing anything or providing a statement to your insurance company, so that you don’t unintentionally sign away your rights to pursue the compensation you rightfully deserve.
At Andrew Stinnette Attorneys, we are committed to representing you and your best interests. Let us help you.
The Do's and Dont's of Motor Vehicle Accidents!
If you have been involved in a car accident, it is your legal right to hire a personal injury attorney and seek equitable compensation for the injuries and trauma you have suffered. Many people do not receive adequate compensation because they overlook a few basic but crucial steps after being involved in a auto accident. The following are some basic dos and don'ts to help ensure that you are able to recover the compensations to which you are entitled. If you have recently been in an accident please contact Andrew Stinnette Personal Injury Auto Accident Attorneys as soon as possible.
DON'T panic and run away from the accident scene. The pain, shock, and confusion you experience immediately after an accident may cause you to leave the accident spot immediately. Not only is fleeing from an accident spot illegal, it will also weaken your case even if you were not at fault.
DO stay and record all details. The first thing to do after an accident is to stay calm and record the following:
1. Contact details of all the people involved.
2. Vehicle details such as make, registration number, insurance company details, color, headlights and indicators (on or off), etc.
3. Accident details such as how it happened, whether signal was red or green, how fast were the cars, etc.
4. Time and date of the accident
5. Weather conditions at the time of the accident
6. Damages to both vehicles
DON'T admit fault. If you admit fault, you eliminate any possibility of later proving otherwise.
DO share details with the other party. Not cooperating with the other party when they ask you for details such as your phone number and address is an offence.
DON'T ignore legal formalities. If the accident does not seem severe, you should still insist on reporting the accident to the police.
DO contact the necessary authorities. Also, call up your insurance company immediately and let them know if you intend to file a claim for compensation. If you do not notify them within the time limit mentioned in your policy, the insurance company may refuse to compensate you.
DON'T ignore injuries even if they seem minor.
DO see a doctor. See a doctor immediately after a car accident, even if you have not suffered major injuries. The medical examination report is one of the most important documents for filing a compensation claim. Andrew Stinnette Personal Injury Attorneys would be happy to refer you to a local Tampa Bay Area Auto Accident Injury Medical Specialist.
DON'T sign any document. Insurance companies and their claim adjusters will try their best to reduce the compensation amount that you receive. They will negotiate with you or make you sign documents that you may not understand.
DO speak to an experienced attorney. The most important thing to do after a car accident is speak to an attorney with experience in car accident compensation claims. An experienced auto accident attorney will guide you through the claim process, help you negotiate with the insurance companies, and ensure that you get the compensation amount you deserve. At Andrew Stinnette Auto Accident Attorneys a compassionate and competent ear is just a phone call away. We give each client involved in a Florida auto accident the attention they need and seek the maximum compensations that they deserve.