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Palm Beach Gardens & Palm Beach County, FL

Truck Accident Lawyer Serving Palm Beach County’s Injured

Get an experienced attorney to protect your rights after a Florida truck wreck

Truck accidents in Palm Beach County require prompt and effective legal representation to navigate the complexities of the legal system and secure the compensation victims deserve. At The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, P.A. in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Mr. Shomo is an experienced truck accident lawyer who is dedicated to advocating for victims of truck wrecks and their families. With Mr. Shomo’s experience and commitment to excellence, he strives to provide compassionate support and effective legal representation to help you achieve justice and move forward with your life after a truck wreck.

“Words can’t even describe how great this law firm is. Not only did they help me get through this tough situation, but (they) have become part of the family … Thank you Casey and Joanne!” – Caroline A.

The regulations governing commercial truck drivers and the operation of their vehicles on Florida roadways and nationwide are highly specific. As such, these rules and regulations vary from case to case and necessitate the experience of a truck accident lawyer skilled in such claims. Mr. Shomo has the knowledge, experience, and resources to assist in any such claim, providing his clients with strategic representation tailored to their individual circumstances.

Highlighting his commitment to achieving results that matter for his clients, Mr. Shomo has a stellar track record of case results, including a $8,222,467.13 outcome for a truck accident involving neck, back, and forearm injuries. Mr. Shomo also obtained a $500,000 outcome for a truck accident victim involving spinal injuries. If you were injured or a loved one died in a truck accident in Palm Beach County, let our law firm protect your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Types of truck accident cases our firm handles

Mr. Shomo and his team have a wealth of experience dealing with a wide range of complex truck accident cases. Some of the types of truck accidents we handle include, but are not limited to:

  • Jackknife Accidents: These occur when a truck’s cab and trailer fold together, often resulting in loss of control and severe collisions. Our firm understands the intricate factors involved in jackknife accidents and can navigate through the complexities to seek justice for our clients.
  • Rollover Accidents: Rollover accidents involve a truck tipping onto its side or roof, leading to extensive damage and injuries. Our legal team is well-versed in investigating the causes of rollover accidents, such as speeding, improper loading, or driver negligence, to hold responsible parties accountable.
  • Underride Accidents: Underride accidents happen when a smaller vehicle becomes trapped beneath the rear or side of a truck, often with catastrophic consequences. Our firm has the expertise to handle underride accident cases and pursue compensation for victims and their families.
  • Tractor-Trailer Accidents: Tractor-trailer accidents involve collisions with large commercial trucks, which can cause devastating injuries and fatalities. With Mr. Shomo’s experience and dedication, our firm can effectively represent clients involved in tractor-trailer accidents and fight for their rights.
  • Fatal Truck Accidents: Unfortunately, some truck accidents result in fatalities. Our compassionate legal team provides support and guidance to families who have lost loved ones in truck accidents, seeking justice and compensation on their behalf.

No matter the type of truck accident, we are committed to advocating for our clients’ rights and securing the compensation they deserve.

Common truck accident injuries

Due to the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks, even a seemingly minor trucking accident can lead to devastating injuries. Some of the most common truck accident injuries include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Other Head Injuries: Truck accidents often result in head trauma, ranging from concussions to severe brain injuries, which can have long-term cognitive and physical effects.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: The impact of a truck collision can cause damage to the spinal cord, resulting in partial or complete paralysis, loss of sensation, and impaired mobility.
  • Broken Bones and Fractures: The force of a truck accident can cause bones to break or fracture, leading to pain, limited mobility, and the need for extensive medical treatment.
  • Neck and Back Injuries: Whiplash, herniated discs, and other neck and back injuries are common in truck accidents, often causing chronic pain and limitations in movement.
  • Facial Injuries: Collisions with trucks can result in facial fractures, lacerations, and disfigurement, requiring reconstructive surgery and ongoing medical care.
  • Cuts and Lacerations: Broken glass, sharp metal edges, and other debris in a truck accident can cause cuts and lacerations, leading to bleeding, scarring, and infection.
  • Burns: In accidents involving fires or explosions, victims may suffer severe burns, which can cause excruciating pain, permanent disfigurement, and emotional trauma.
  • Amputation: The force of impact in a truck accident may crush or sever limbs, necessitating surgical amputation and lifelong rehabilitation
  • Internal Injuries: Blunt force trauma from a truck collision can cause damage to internal organs, leading to internal bleeding, organ failure, and other life-threatening complications.
  • Paralysis: Severe spinal cord injuries in truck accidents can result in paralysis, affecting motor function and sensory perception below the injury site, profoundly impacting the victim’s quality of life.

These injuries can have long-lasting physical, emotional, and financial consequences for victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in Palm Beach County, it’s essential to seek immediate medical attention and legal representation to protect your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve.

Common causes of truck accidents

Although trucks are essential for transporting large amounts of goods for long distances, they also bring a risk to Florida’s roads. From driver error to failed mechanics, truck accidents commonly happen due to:

  • Fatigue: Truck drivers face demanding schedules and long hours on the road, leading to fatigue. Fatigue impairs judgment and reaction time, increasing the risk of accidents. Our legal team investigates cases to determine if driver fatigue played a role, holding negligent parties accountable.
  • Distracted Driving: Distractions like cell phone use, eating, or adjusting the radio divert a driver’s attention from the road, posing a significant risk. We scrutinize evidence to uncover instances of distracted driving and pursue compensation for victims.
  • Impaired Driving: Operating a commercial vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal and extremely dangerous. Intoxicated drivers have impaired judgment and coordination, heightening the likelihood of accidents. Our firm aggressively pursues justice for victims of truck accidents caused by drunk driving.
  • Speeding: Excessive speed reduces a driver’s ability to react to changing road conditions and increases the severity of collisions. We advocate for victims injured in accidents where speeding was a contributing factor, holding reckless drivers accountable for their actions.
  • Poor Vehicle Maintenance: Neglected maintenance, including faulty brakes or tires, can lead to mechanical failures and accidents. We investigate maintenance records and work with experts to establish liability for accidents caused by poor vehicle maintenance.
  • Overloaded Cargo: Overloading trucks beyond their weight limits compromises vehicle stability and braking ability, making accidents more likely. Our legal team fights for compensation for victims harmed by accidents caused by overloaded cargo, holding negligent parties responsible for their actions.

 Who can be held liable?

Truck accidents can involve many parties, making it tricky to figure out who’s responsible. From the trucking company to the manufacturer, different people or companies might share the blame. It’s important to find all the responsible parties to get the most compensation and make sure those who acted carelessly are held accountable, including but not limited to:

  • The Trucking Company: The trucking company employing the driver may be held liable for negligent hiring, training, or supervision practices.
  • The Owner of the Truck: If the truck is owned by an individual or entity separate from the trucking company, they may share liability for maintenance or operation issues.
  • The Owner of the Trailer: Similarly, the owner of the trailer may be held responsible for maintenance or safety violations related to the trailer’s operation.
  • The Company Responsible for Loading the Trailer: Improper loading or securing of cargo can contribute to accidents, and the company responsible for loading the trailer may be liable for negligence.
  • The Truck Manufacturer: Defective truck parts or design flaws can lead to accidents, holding the manufacturer liable for resulting injuries or damages.
  • Another Driver or Party Involved in the Crash: If another driver’s actions contribute to the accident, they may be held liable for their share of responsibility.

 How do you prove fault in a truck accident?

Proving fault in a truck accident involves a thorough investigation to gather evidence. This process includes examining the official police accident report, interviewing eyewitnesses, analyzing data from the truck’s “black box,” reviewing the truck driver’s hours of service, and investigating the trucking company.

By consulting with truck accident reconstruction experts, you can piece together what happened and determine who is responsible. Here’s how the process works:

  • Launching an Investigation Into Your Truck Accident: Immediately after the accident, it’s crucial to start gathering evidence to support your claim.
  • Studying the Official Police Accident Report: The police report provides valuable information about the accident, including details about the vehicles involved, road conditions, and any citations issued.
  • Finding and Interviewing Witnesses: Eyewitness testimony can provide crucial insight into how the accident occurred and who was at fault.
  • Examining the 18-Wheeler’s “Black Box” Data: The black box, also known as the electronic control module (ECM), records important data such as vehicle speed, braking, and engine performance leading up to the accident.
  • Reviewing the Truck Driver’s Hours of Service: Truck drivers are subject to federal regulations that limit the number of hours they can drive. Reviewing their logbooks can reveal if they violated these regulations and potentially contributed to the accident.
  • Consulting with Truck Accident Reconstruction Experts: These experts use specialized knowledge and techniques to reconstruct the accident and determine how it occurred, providing valuable insight into liability.

How a truck accident attorney in Palm Beach Gardens can help

When you’re dealing with the aftermath of a truck wreck in Palm Beach County, having a truck accident attorney by your side can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.

At The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, P.A., our law firm has extensive experience helping victims of truck accidents. Mr. Shomo and his compassionate and experienced team are here to support you every step of the way. We understand how challenging this time can be, and we will do everything possible to help you find your way forward. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a free consultation. We can help you obtain the justice and financial compensation you deserve.

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