St. Petersburg Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer
Whether you think about it much or not, your life depends on commercial vehicles. Indeed, commercial vehicles are used to transport goods nationwide, and are also often used to transport people from place to place.
Despite both the ubiquity and necessity of commercial vehicles, though, commercial vehicles can be dangerous. While commercial carriers have an enhanced duty of care, crashes involving large commercial vehicles happen far too often.
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a commercial vehicle crash, our St. Petersburg commercial vehicle accident lawyers can help. Please reach out to The Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group today to learn how.
Top Causes of Commercial Vehicle Accidents
When a commercial vehicle accident occurs, identifying the cause of the crash is incredibly important – if causation is not determined, liability will be elusive, too. Some of the top causes of commercial vehicle accidents include:
- Commercial vehicle driver error. Drivers’ errors, such as taking a turn too fast, speeding, falling asleep at the wheel, or driving while distracted or impaired are common causes of commercial vehicle crashes.
- Third-party driver error. Sometimes, it is not the driver of the commercial vehicle who’s to blame for a crash, but a negligent third party who is driving aggressively, cuts off the truck, is in the truck’s blind spots, or performs another illegal or dangerous maneuver.
- Vehicle defect. While less common, some commercial vehicle crashes happen because of vehicle defects that drivers involved in crashes cannot control, such as faulty brakes or poor tread on tires.
- Commercial vehicle company error. If a commercial vehicle company, such as a truck company, fails to properly vet and train drivers, fails to service vehicles, or performs another action/inaction that is negligent and that contributes to the crash, the commercial vehicle company can be held liable.
Sometimes, shippers or loaders of cargo or other parties may be partly to blame for a crash. Our lawyers will thoroughly investigate your accident to determine the cause and help to reclaim damages for your losses.
Commercial Vehicle Accidents Can Lead to Tragic Losses
When a commercial vehicle accident occurs and a smaller car, pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcyclist is involved in the crash, the damages suffered can be significant. Commercial vehicles typically weigh thousands of pounds more than do smaller cars (and certainly more than those who do not have the protection of a vehicle), therefore leading to huge amounts of force in the collision and significant harm. Catastrophic injuries, totaled vehicles, and excessive medical bills, lost wages, and noneconomic damages are all possible.
Our Commercial Vehicle Lawyers Serving St. Petersburg Can Help
Our St. Petersburg commercial vehicle accident lawyers are passionate about helping those who have been injured in a serious accident recover the compensation awards that they deserve. If you have been harmed and aren’t sure where to turn or who can help you, please call our law firm today or send us a message requesting a free consultation. We can help you to determine what steps to take next, and are more than happy to represent you as you seek monetary damages for your injuries.