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Florida Truck Accident Lawyer

Hurt in a Serious Truck Accident? Retain The Pittman Firm!

At The Pittman Firm, P.A., Attorney Wes Pittman has been representing accident victims for more than three decades, including individuals who have been injured in catastrophic big rig accidents. If you were recently injured in this type of accident, contact the firm today. Since truck accidents typically result in devastating and catastrophic consequences, you may be out of work for a long time.

You and your family should not have to shoulder this type of financial burden on top of physical and emotional suffering. Panama City semi truck accident lawyer, Attorney Pittman can help determine who should be held liable for the truck accident and guide you through the claims process. He exists to fight for accident victims to ensure that justice is served!

  • Some examples of the serious injuries that result from truck accidents include:
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Disfigurement due to severe burns
  • Loss of limbs

Unfortunately, due to the severity of these crashes, some truck accidents result in a fatality. If you are the surviving family member of someone who has died in a trucking accident, the firm can also assist you in filing a wrongful death claim. Attorney Wes Pittman’s aggressive strategies and insurance law knowledge could be used to your benefit.

Truck Driver Regulations

Since commercial trucks are capable of causing catastrophic damage in the event of an accident, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) heavily regulates truck drivers, including regulating when and how long truckers can be on the road. This specific rule is called the hours of service regulations.

The Hours of Service Regulation States:

  • Truckers can work up to a 14-hour day, however, in this time period they can only drive for 11 hours. The remaining three hours must be spent on meal or rest breaks.
  • After the 14-hour workday limit is reached, drivers must rest for at least 10 hours before returning to work.
  • Truckers also must take days off work at regular intervals. If a trucking company is open seven days a week a driver is only allowed to work 70 hours in an eight-day period before taking at least 34 consecutive hours off. If a trucking company is open less than seven days a week than a driver is only allowed to work 60 hours in a seven-day period before taking 34 hours off.

Since tired drivers are dangerous drivers, this rule is put in place to protect other drivers on the road. All too often however truckers are caught breaking these rules, either by their own volition or at the encouragement of the company they work for. In rarer circumstances, these regulations are modified in times of national emergency, in order to help get supplies where they need to go faster, such as in the recent COVID-19 crisis. No matter the case, the result is the same, more tired truck drivers and more accidents.

Who is Liable After a Truck Accident?

More often than not the trucking company a driver works for is held liable for a truck accident. The main reason for this is these companies are often caught expecting or encouraging their drivers to break trucking regulations in order to help save their company time and money. It’s true that the truck driver can be held liable, but this usually happens if the accident was caused by their negligence, such as driving while under the influence of alcohol. Although it happens less often, there are other parties that can be held liable, like a truck manufacturer or cargo loading team. The legal team at The Pittman Firm, P.A. is experienced in investigating truck accident claims and is ready to help you today.

What Are the Most Common Causes?

Due to the complex nature of truck accidents, there are a variety of causes that can lead to these types of collisions. While every case is unique, there are some causes that are more common than others.

Regardless of the factor that caused your truck collision, The Pittman Firm, P.A. is just a phone call away. Our Panama City truck accident attorney cares about our clients and are ready to help you obtain the fair compensation you are due.

Types of Evidence Used in Truck Accident Claims

Many sources can provide the necessary evidence, provided you know where to look. Your lawyer will know where to begin the search for evidence, and will be able to examine every factor that could have contributed to your accident. Because there are many parties involved in a truck accident, including the driver, trucking company, and possibly the manufacturer or owner of the truck, it can be difficult to prove liability. Improper maintenance, inadequate training, careless driving, or overloaded trucks can cause accidents, but each scenario may have a different party liable for the resulting accident.

Evidence that may be used in a truck accident can include:

  • Driving records
  • Personnel files
  • Calls to 911 regarding the accident
  • Blood test results
  • Witness testimony
  • Photographs of skid marks, debris, or other damage
  • Intersection or police video recordings
  • Inspection and maintenance records for the truck
  • Cargo records
  • Delivery and logbook data
  • Police reports or citations against the driver
  • Truck data recorder or camera information

Some of these recordings are only kept for a limited time, so it is critical to contact an attorney soon after your accident and begin the preparation for your claim. Your lawyer will know what types of evidence must be preserved quickly, and can help you obtain copies of them.

How to Prove Your Losses

In addition to proving the liability of the other parties for your accident, you will also need to prove your need for compensation. Insurance companies may try to pay the least they can for your settlement, so you should thoroughly document your expenses and lost income. You may also be able to recover non-economic damages for your emotional suffering, so it is important to also keep a record of the affects your injuries have had on your life.

Evidence of your losses can include:

  • Medical bills
  • Health care records
  • Paystubs or time sheets to demonstrate lost income
  • Reports from medical professionals, vocational consultants, nursing services, and life care planners
  • Journals detailing daily activities, including notes on loss of life enjoyment or inability to participate in activities
  • Psychological evaluations

Documentation is key to prove your side of an accident claim. From your expenses to the responsibility of others for your accident, you will be required to provide documentation. Your attorney can help you gather and organize the necessary records to file your claim, and can advise you throughout the settlement process. If necessary, your attorney should also be able to take your case to court and fight for your right to compensation.

In a Truck Accident? You Won’t Pay Unless We Win!

As a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, Attorney Pittman has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for his clients. He is prepared to take your case to court to help you secure the maximum compensation you are entitled to under the law. Should you retain The Pittman Firm, there will be no fees or expenses unless we successfully recover compensation for you.

Please call the firm for the knowledgeable legal counsel you need for your semi truck accident case. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.


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