Injured in a Crash with a Semi-Truck, 18-Wheeler, or Big Rig?
At Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano, we help people injured in truck accidents recover the compensation they deserve. Our Cape Coral truck accident lawyers have been helping accident victims for over 40 years. Our clients trust us to provide the skilled representation and compassionate support they need.
If you were recently injured in a truck crash, we recognize that you are likely going through an unimaginably challenging and painful time. We can offer you the dedicated support you need to get justice. We handle these cases on a contingency fee basis, so you owe us nothing unless we win your case.
Types of Truck Accident Cases We Handle
Our Cape Coral semi-truck accident attorneys at Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano handle all types of trucking accident cases, including those involving:
- Blind spots
- Brake failure
- Delivery trucks
- Falling debris
- Jackknife accidents
- Override accidents
- Overloaded trucks
- Tire blowouts
- Wide-turn accidents
- Tired truck drivers
- Fatal truck accidents
- And more
What Compensation Can I Recover?
Truck accident victims can recover economic and non-economic damages from liable parties through a personal injury lawsuit. To get this recovery, you must start the legal process before the statute of limitations expires.
We will fight to get you compensation for all applicable damages, including:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Quickly getting you the money that you need to cover out-of-pocket expenses is important to us. That is why we often seek to negotiate a pre-trial settlement with the defendant. We may be able to secure a fair resolution that covers all of your losses without a costly, drawn-out court battle.
If a trial cannot be avoided, our big rig accident lawyers in Cape Coral are more than ready to advocate for you in and out of the courtroom.
Florida's Statute of Limitations
In Florida, you have four years from the date of the truck accident to file a claim. Should a truck collision result in fatal injuries, survivors of the deceased have two years from the date of the victim’s passing to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If you have a case, don't wait to take action.
Who Is Liable for a Truck Accident in Florida?
Commercial trucks, particularly 18-wheelers, can cause catastrophic harm when they collide with much smaller vehicles. Too often, these accidents are caused by the truck driver’s failure to comply with safety regulations regarding maximum drive times, truck weight limits, and pre-trip and post-trip inspections. Truck accidents can also be caused by reckless driving and other factors.
In a truck accident case, liability can be difficult to determine, as multiple parties – including someone other than the truck driver – may be responsible for the accident.
Liable parties in a truck accident case may include:
- The truck driver. The driver may be responsible for an accident if they failed to follow traffic laws or otherwise behaved irresponsibly. Truck drivers cannot exceed maximum driving times without taking rest breaks. Too many truck drivers ignore these rules and end up driving while fatigued, increasing the likelihood of a crash.
- The truck driver’s employer. A trucking company may be liable if they failed to properly screen or train their employees. They can also be held responsible for an accident if it can be proven that they incentivized or threatened the truck driver to break maximum driving time rules.
- The truck’s maintenance team. When an accident is caused by a maintenance issue, the team responsible for inspecting the truck could be liable if they neglected to catch a problem that another maintenance professional likely would have noticed.
- The cargo loader. Some truck accidents are triggered by improperly loaded cargo that causes balance and handling issues. In these scenarios, the team responsible for loading and securing the truck’s cargo could be liable for any resulting injuries.
- The manufacturer of a defective truck component. Should an accident result from a defective part, the manufacturer of that part may be liable for the crash.
If you are not sure who is liable for your 18-wheeler accident, our Cape Coral truck accident attorneys can provide knowledgeable guidance. We will investigate what happened, identify the liable party or parties, and help you understand your recovery options.
You can trust Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano to protect your interests. Call (239) 908-4930 or contact us online to discuss your situation with our truck accident attorneys in Cape Coral in a FREE consultation.
No Fees Until We WinWe offer Free Consultations, and work on Contingency Fees for Personal Injury cases. This means we ask for nothing from you until your injury case is concluded.
Prioritizing Your Experience
As a member of our community, we want to put your needs first, far ahead of the bottom line. We treat our clients like people, and never just like cases.
In Practice Since 1982We at Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano have been in practice for 40 years, which means you can count on our skill, experience, and community value to help you through your case.
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