"Whether it's a whiplash, serious injury or wrongful death case, we pride ourselves on representing you with the personal service and aggressive representation that you expect and deserve!" -Attorney Ron Sholes
Gainesville Truck Accident Attorney
Truck Accidents in Alachua County
If you or someone you love was involved in a motor vehicle accident with a large semi-truck, 18-wheeler, or tractor-trailer, you already know that these types of accidents are not the same as typical car crashes. Due to their immense size and weight, massive trucks cause extensive damage when they collide with smaller vehicles. Sadly, these accidents often result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities—and the occupants of the smaller vehicle are at a much higher risk than the truck drivers.
If you were severely injured or if your loved one died in a collision with a large truck, the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. is here to help. At our Gainesville office, our truck accident attorneys provide compassionate, client-focused legal representation personalized to each unique situation. We know that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, which is why we tailor our legal strategies to your needs, concerns, and goals. When you choose the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. to represent you in your truck accident case, you put a powerful, proven team on your side.
If you would like to learn more about how our firm can represent you in your recovery, please call our office at (855) 933-3881 or contact us online for a free consultation.
How Do Truck Accidents Happen?
Just like any other type of motor vehicle accident, truck accidents happen for a variety of reasons. Why does the cause of the accident matter? Determining how the accident occurred allows our team to identify the liable person or party, which is a critical element of a successful personal injury (or wrongful death) claim.
Our experienced attorneys work with a team of six on-staff investigators to uncover the cause of each accident, which may involve any of the following factors:
- Truck driver inexperience or negligence
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Hours-of-service and other trucking regulation violations
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol/drugs
- Traffic law violations
- Speeding, including traveling too fast for weather conditions
- Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo
- Negligent hiring
- Improper supervision
- Lack of proper truck maintenance
- Defective trucks/truck parts
- Failure to repair trucks/truck parts
These and other factors are important, as they help us determine who is responsible for your damages, including your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, inconvenience, lost quality of life, and more. This is one of the most complex and challenging aspects of truck accident claims.
Establishing Liability in Truck Accident Claims
As mentioned above, establishing (and proving) liability in a truck accident case is a highly nuanced, difficult process. This is because there may be several potentially liable parties—and they may not be the most obvious ones.
Because truck drivers are operating their vehicles as part of their employment-related duties, their employers can often be held liable for accidents they cause. This means that you could file a claim against a trucking company even when the truck driver was clearly negligent. However, the trucking company may argue that the truck driver was violating company policy and, therefore, the company is not liable. If this is the case, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit directly against the truck driver (or another liable party).
In some cases, a third party could be liable for a truck accident. This might include another driver on the road who acted negligently and thereby caused the accident. It could also include the manufacturer of a defective truck part, such as a tire or braking system. It may even include the person or party responsible for conducting regular truck maintenance and/or repairs.
It’s important that you work with an experienced truck accident attorney in Gainesville who can help you determine who is liable for your injuries and can file a claim against the appropriate party.
How the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. Can Help
Since 2003, our firm has been successfully fighting for the rights of injured individuals throughout Florida, including in Alachua County. Together, our attorneys have over 100 years of combined legal experience and a long, impressive track record of success in even the toughest of cases. But, most importantly, we are committed to providing each and every client with the attention, care, and guidance they need and deserve.
We answer calls 24/7, and you will always reach a real person when you contact us. We take every case seriously and will do everything we can to maximize your recovery, even if that means taking your case to court. Our attorneys are ready to fight tooth and nail for the fair compensation you are owed.
Contact us today at (855) 933-3881 to get started with a free initial consultation and case evaluation with one of our Gainesville truck accident attorneys.