If you suffered serious injuries or lost a close loved one due to an accident involving a semi-truck, we can help you pursue justice.
A Tampa semi-truck lawyer from our team can investigate your accident to prepare your case. Identifying all parties responsible for your losses is essential as we pursue compensation.
Trucking and insurance companies are skilled in protecting themselves from civil action. You should not take them on alone. Focus instead on your recovery or grief and leave the legal details to us. Call Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers today for your free case evaluation: (813) 879-3719.
We Will Determine Liability for Your Injuries
Traveling alongside a large, semi-truck is often a frightening experience, due to their sheer size and weight. Semi-trucks can legally weigh up to almost 80,000 pounds fully loaded, as the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) states. In order to come to a complete stop, such trucks typically require a longer stopping distance.
If an out of control semi-truck crashed into your vehicle, liability for your injuries may lie with the driver, the trucking company, or possibly both. A lawyer from Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers can review all evidence associated with your accident to determine the liable parties in your case.
Truck drivers spend long hours on the road and away from family. Many trucking companies pay drivers per mile. Federal regulations for the trucking industry limit the number of hours trucks are allowed to drive before taking a mandatory break.
If a truck driver is unable to rest during their break—or they have an undiagnosed sleep disorder—they can place you at risk for life-changing injuries, if they fall asleep behind the wheel.
Other risky behaviors by truck drivers that can place you in harm’s way include:
- Drunk driving: Florida Statutes §322.61(b)(2) states that the blood alcohol content (BAC) level for commercial drivers is .04 percent, lower than the standard .08 for other drivers.
- Aggressive driving: Speeding to reach a destination sooner, in order to return home or to secure their next load faster—for example—is an example of aggressive driving.
- Distracted driving: Driver distraction can include scenery, eating behind the wheel, or texting.
These are just a few examples of how a commercial truck driver can cause you serious injuries or the loss of a loved one—and the end of their career.
A trucking company may face liability for your injuries or loss if they failed to do the following:
- Check a driver’s background for traffic violations and convictions
- Fail to properly train a driver
- Fail to maintain their fleet of trucks by performing routine inspections
Trucking companies should not cut safety corners in order to make profits. When they do this, they are often liable for the harm caused to innocent drivers.
Your Tampa semi-truck lawyer will help you determine which party (or parties) are responsible for your accident. Call (813) 879-3719 to speak to a Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers team member to get started.
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Beware of Aggressive Insurance Adjusters
An insurance adjuster may offer you a settlement soon after the accident. This is when you are most vulnerable and prone to making a poor decision. The injuries you suffered may require pain medication and rest. This is not the time to deal with insurance companies.
If they make you an offer, do not accept it. Instead, seek legal representation from us. Our team can get to work on your behalf by managing communication with the insurance companies.
Should you accept their offer, you may not pursue compensation later, if your medical condition worsens. This can leave you in a financial bind and without the money you need for your medical care.
At Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers, we are familiar with the various ways insurance companies try to get accident victims to accept less than they deserve. It is unfair and you deserve someone on your side, protecting your best interests.
If we are unable to secure fair compensation for you out of court, we will proceed to trial.
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How You Can Help Us with Your Civil Case
There is the possibility that you have important evidence concerning your accident in your smartphone, or in your belongings from the scene. Types of evidence helpful in a personal injury case include:
- Accident scene photographs and video
- Contact information for witnesses
- Official police report
- Your medical receipts for your accident-related medical care
Having this information available for your lawyer can help them jump start your case for possible financial compensation. You should not have to pay for your medical bills when they are the result of a negligent truck driver, trucking company, or both.
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We Provide Personalized Legal Representation for Accident Victims
At Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers, we work on behalf of our clients. We believe in personalized legal representation. That is why you work directly with the managing partners.
As we get to know you, we will begin to understand the impact of the accident on your life. This is helpful as we build your case and pursue justice.
If you experienced serious injuries that diminished your quality of life—or you lost a close loved one—seek help from a Tampa semi-truck lawyer from our team. We collect our fee if and when we win your case.
An 80,000-pound semi-truck is no match for a passenger vehicle of any size. The blunt force trauma of such an accident can result in catastrophic injuries or death.
Securing legal representation is a vital first step toward justice and possible compensation. Time is of the essence, so do not delay. Contact Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers now for a free case evaluation: (813) 879-3719.
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