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Compared to passenger vehicles, large commercial trucks are much larger and heavier. In an accident, the injuries are often catastrophic. The National Safety Council reports that “A total of 5,936 people died in large-truck crashes in 2022. The majority of deaths in large-truck crashes are occupants of other vehicles.” When a truck accident disrupts your life, the trucking company is going to put up a fierce fight to either minimize your damages or deny your claim.  You need an aggressive and dedicated lawyer. You need Kogan & DiSalvo.  

As Florida’s premier personal injury law firm, we often see people at the most vulnerable and difficult times of their lives. We advocate for injury victims in Homosassa Springs, across Citrus County, and throughout Florida. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident due to the negligence of a truck driver, the trucking company, or another third party—we are here to help you fight for your right to recover compensation for your losses. Contact us today for a free consultation. 

Common Causes of Truck Accidents  

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18-wheelers and other large commercial trucks are common on U.S. 19, U.S. 98, and other busy Citrus County roads. Most truck drivers haul liquids, food, construction materials, retail products, or farming goods. So, while they are necessary, they can also be dangerous if the driver, the trucking company, or other third parties are negligent.  

A Citrus County truck accident attorney will conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of your accident to determine liability. Negligent actions of the truck driver often include the following:  

  • Driver fatigue: Professional truck drivers must constantly push themselves to deliver more loads in less time. Federal regulations limit the hours truckers may work, and impose mandatory rest breaks, but it is not uncommon for truckers to push the limits of these regulations. Often, their livelihoods depend upon it. 
  • Speeding: A fully loaded semi-truck traveling at 65 miles per hour requires 525 feet to come to a complete stop. When a truck driver exceeds the speed limit, that time is reduced even further, creating an imminent hazard for passenger vehicles. 
  • Loading errors: An overloaded truck or a truck with an unbalanced load is challenging to operate. Loading errors increase braking distance and the risk of tip-overs and jackknifing. 
  • Substance abuse: In a study conducted by American Addiction Centers, 27.6% of truck drivers reported using illegal drugs. A trucker may use OTC medications to stay awake or drive while under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or other controlled substances.  

The overwhelming majority of truck drivers are responsible, law-abiding citizens, but it only takes a second to upend a life. Our team of Homosassa Springs personal injury lawyers is here to hold all responsible parties accountable. 

Third-Party Liability  

A severely damaged car after a head-on collision with a semi-truck at a city intersection

As noted, commercial truck accidents often involve third-party liability, such as the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, the maintenance company, and the cargo loaders.  

For example, trucking companies may outsource some functions to other third parties,  such as cargo loading or maintenance. The trucking company could be responsible if a maintenance subcontractor cuts corners, leading to an accident. The company must pay attention to who it hires and terminate those with a poor safety record. If not, it could be held liable for negligent hiring and retention.  

The trucking company may also be liable for the following:  

  • Failing to adequately screen drivers before hiring them. 
  • Pressuring their drivers to work beyond their federally mandated hours of service. 
  • Failing to enforce drug testing. 

Finally, government entities, such as state, city, and county agencies, can also be held liable. They are responsible for ensuring that roads are well maintained and that appropriate signage is in place and functioning. 

Common Injuries in Truck Accidents  

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Because of the sheer mass of commercial vehicles and the speeds at which they travel, the injuries resulting from truck accidents are often catastrophic and include the following:  

  • Traumatic brain injuries 
  • Spinal cord injuries 
  • Fractures 
  • Scarring and disfigurement 
  • Burns 
  • Lacerations 
  • Amputations 
  • Internal injuries 

Many truck accident victims do not survive. When a truck accident results in a fatality, we are prepared to represent surviving family members in a wrongful death claim. Damages may include final medical bills, lost earnings, loss of love and companionship, loss of household services, and expenses related to burial and funeral services. 

Compensation for Truck Accidents: Economic and Non-economic Damages 

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If your truck accident claim is successful, you may be eligible for economic and non-economic damages. The former are the hard costs that are easily verifiable through receipts and invoices. Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, are more subjective and are calculated in several ways, e.g., the multiplier or the per diem method.   

Economic Damages may include:  

  • Bills from physicians, hospitals, therapists, and other medical service providers.  
  • Wages and salary that the accident victim is unable to earn while recuperating. 
  • Transportation costs to appointments for medical services and therapy. 
  • Damage to the motor vehicle. 
  • Expenses for medications, mobility assistance devices, and modifications to living space that are needed to facilitate the victim’s limitations due to injuries. 

Non-economic Damages may include:   

  • Physical pain from injuries or treatment. 
  • Damages that reflect the mental and physical challenges that can hamper anything from participating in hobbies and social activities to working. 
  • Reduced life expectancy. 
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 
  • Scarring and disfigurement. 
  • Increased susceptibility to future injury or harm. 
  • Reduced life expectancy. 

The Citrus County truck accident attorneys at Kogan & DiSalvo have significant experience handling these complex claims and are aggressive advocates for injury victims and their families. 

What a Truck Accident Lawyer Can Do for You  

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Trucking companies and their insurers will work hard to minimize your damages or deny your claim. It is their business model. With so much at stake, it is important that you enlist the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer who knows how to negotiate for the full value of all your losses, including the medical and financial issues you face today and in the future. We handle all negotiations on your behalf so you can focus on rebuilding your life.  

Since the statute of limitations in Florida is generally two years, it’s wise to contact us as soon as possible before valuable evidence disappears or is challenging to obtain.  

Schedule a Free Consultation Today with Kogan & DiSalvo 

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The repercussions of a serious truck accident can leave you with a lifetime of pain and financial instability. Our dedicated and hard-working Homosassa Springs personal injury lawyers are here to protect your rights and guide you through every step of filing a truck accident claim in Citrus County.  Call today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Since we work on a contingency fee basis, you will not pay attorney’s fees unless we win compensation for your injuries. 

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