TRUCKING ACCIDENT PRACTICE PAGE
The personal injury attorneys at Sibley Dolman Gipe are experienced in handling accidents involving commercial trucks. Commercial semi tractor-trailer rigs travel on almost every road in Florida. Businesses big and small use commercial trucks to transport their goods; these companies expect shipments to be delivered properly and professionally. Unfortunately, the drivers of these oversized vehicles sometimes commit the same types of negligence we see every day in automobile accidents: speeding, failing to observe traffic signals, distracted driving, and falling asleep at the wheel.
Even in the absence of truck driver-error, negligence on the part of the trucking company could cause damage to you or your vehicle. If the trucking company fails to properly inspect the rig, an accident could result from mechanical problems with the truck. If the loading crew is in a hurry when loading the tractor-trailer, they could fail to properly secure the items resulting in objects falling onto the road or your vehicle. This is also considered negligence for which the commercial carrier is liable to the injured parties. Further, we would also investigate whether the trucking company performed their due diligence in hiring and retaining the negligent driver. The cause of action for such is known as a "negligent retention claim."
How Does a Trucking Accident Differ From an Automobile Accident?
When a collision occurs between a tractor-trailer and an automobile, the results can be catastrophic. The size alone of these oversized trucks can cause serious physical damage to other automobiles. No matter whether the trucker or another driver is at fault, crashes involving commercial trucks often result in severe injuries to the truck driver and to passengers of other vehicles. These injuries can range from serious neck and back injuries to life threatening traumatic brain injuries. Victims of these types of collisions often see their medical bills skyrocket almost overnight. They may quickly find themselves overwhelmed and feeling pressure to accept a low offer from the commercial trucking company's insurance carrier.
At Sibley Dolman Gipe, we know that commercial delivery vehicles must carry insurance, and their policy limits are generally much higher than an average automobile insurance policy. We also know that these commercial trucking insurance companies may try to pressure the victims into accepting a low settlement offer. Sometimes these offers are not even enough to cover the victim's ever growing medical bills.
Why Should I Trust Sibley Dolman Gipe?
The attorneys at Sibley Dolman Gipe specialize in personal injury law and the litigation of personal injury claims. We have a reputation for dealing aggressively with insurance companies of all kinds and are committed to obtaining the highest possible settlement for our clients. We refuse to back down to big powerful insurance carriers and will aggressively push the case as far as possible to obtain the maximum recovery.
In addition to our highly trained personal injury attorneys, we work with multiple accident-scene investigators with significant experience in investigating the cause of vehicle accidents. We also work with skilled and experienced accident reconstruction experts who will work tirelessly to determine the cause of your trucking accident- whether it be driver error, company negligence, or even faulty vehicle equipment.
What Should I Do If I Am Involved in a Trucking Accident?
Check for injuries to yourself, your passengers, and the truck driver
Call 911 immediately
Record the name of the truck driver and the name, address, and phone number of the trucking company he is employed by
Obtain insurance information (company name and policy number) for both the truck driver and the company that employs him.
Take photos of the damage to both your vehicle and the truck. Report the accident to your insurance carrier.
Do not provide a recorded statement. These statements can be used against you and are often taken out of context.
Call the trucking accident injury attorneys at Dolman Law Group
Take photos of any visible injuries caused by the accident.
Seek medical attention immediately. It is possible to lose your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Benefits if you do not receive treatment for your injuries within 14 days of the accident.
What Types of Trucking Accident Victims Does Sibley Dolman Gipe Represent?
Sibley Dolman Gipe represents victims of all types of trucking accidents, all across the Tampa Bay area. This includes truck drivers who are injured due to negligence of other non-professional drivers. With our office conveniently located in Clearwater, we have access to clients in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Bradenton, Tierra Verde, New Port Richey and more surrounding areas.
The types of trucking accident victims we represent range from:
Over the road tractor-trailers
Cement mixers and other construction vehicles
Parcel Delivery trucks (UPS, USPS, FedEx)
Regardless of the type of vehicle involved, our personal injury attorneys are committed to obtaining the highest possible recovery for our clients. If you have been involved in a collision with any of these types of commercial trucks or vans, contact Sibley Dolman Gipe today for your free consultation. 727-451-6900.