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Board Certified Trial Attorneys Helping You & Your Family Find Justice

Clearwater Truck Accident Attorney

Representing Victims Injured in Trucking Accidents in Florida

The dangers posed by large commercial vehicles, including semi-trucks and 18-wheelers, are evident by the size and weight of these vehicles. Each year, these massive machines, which can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, cause severe accidents on roads and highways.

Truck accident victims and their families are often devastated. From tremendous emotional damages and physical pain to the extensive financial burdens caused by costly medical bills and lost work wages, damages are routinely severe.

Call (727) 877-1212 today if you were seriously injured in a trucking collision in Florida. We are available 24/7 to take your call!

Our Experience on Your Side

Our legal team conducts extremely thorough investigations to determine and establish the liability of truck drivers and trucking companies. In order to obtain the maximum compensation, we draw from more than 60 years of collective experience and knowledge of the numerous federal trucking regulations to ensure that these cases are resolved as favorably as possible.

With a proven and measurable record of case results, two Board Certified civil trial experts, and numerous successful recoveries obtained through both verdicts and settlements, our firm has proven that we can effectively handle these cases and meet the needs of those we serve.

We know what it takes to get truck accident victims the money they deserve. In fact, we were once able to win a $2.7 million verdict on behalf of an 18 wheeler accident victim.

We Understand. We've Been There.

In 1993, our very own Attorney Mark Roman was struck by a truck carrying tons of roofing tile after it ran a red light in Clearwater, Florida.

As a result of this experience, Attorney Roman can truly identify and empathize with the pain and difficulties our injured clients experienced in the wake of serious motor vehicle and truck accidents.

Attorney Roman is convinced that this accident occurred so that he could better understand the tremendous struggles our clients encounter and better provide a rare level of service and compassionate support to the victims and families we represent.

As Attorney Roman is also AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and was listed as one of Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine, you can be sure that he has also proven his legal abilities as being at the top of their field.

Federal Trucking Regulations

As commercial freight-bearing vehicles pose serious threats to public safety, there are hundreds of federal laws, rules, and regulations governing the trucking industry.

From hours-of-service regulations that aim to address the dangers of tired drivers to strict drug and alcohol laws and vehicle regulations, these laws are designed to reduce the risks of extremely dangerous truck accidents.

With a well-versed knowledge of the various Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations, our firm is able to highlight any violations made by drivers and companies to demonstrate their failures to take reasonable measures for keeping the public safe.

Some of the most common causes of negligence that lead to truck accidents include:

  • Truck driver error
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive driving & road rage
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Improperly loaded or overloaded cargo
  • Distracted driving such as eating or texting
  • Driver fatigue
  • Tailgating
  • Negligent maintenance
  • Mechanical defects

Frequent Questions Regarding Truck Accidents

Can I Sue the Carrier Company?

Even if a truck driver’s negligence did contribute to your accident, you may also be able to sue the truck carrier company, provided that the truck driver is a direct employee. Because many trucking companies use independent contractors, this isn’t always a viable legal approach. If the company engaged in negligent hiring practices or put pressure on the truck driver to violate federal guidelines, however, you may still be able to hold the company accountable for contributing to the crash. This can also increase your odds of getting fair compensation.

Will I Need to Go to Court?

Truck accident lawsuits can be very complicated – and the litigation may involve many different parties at once. Because most personal injury claims are settled before trial, you may not need to go to court. But whether the matter is resolved in a few months or a year, it’s important to hire an attorney who will see your case through to the end, rather than accepting the first settlement offer. You may need more funds than you realize to cover long-term medical expenses and other needs after a truck accident.

What Is the Statute of Limitations for a Florida Truck Accident Claim?

Like many personal injury lawsuits in Florida, truck accident claims have a “statute of limitations,” or a legal rule that imposes a time limit upon the plaintiff. For most truck accident lawsuits, you will have 4 years from the “date of accrual,” or the date the injury first occurs. For a wrongful death after a truck accident, you will only have 2 years to bring a lawsuit on behalf of the deceased.

However, the statute of limitations also depends on the circumstances of your claim. If you are unable to “discover” the physical harm until long after the accident, your window for filing a claim may be extended. That’s why it’s important to speak with a qualified attorney as soon as possible after your truck accident, to ensure that you have enough time to file.

Discuss Your Accident with a Clearwater Truck Accident Lawyer

If you or your loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you need legal representation. While all personal injury and wrongful death claims pose a number of difficulties and potential complications, truck accidents are often much more complex.

This is because trucking companies frequently utilize their extensive resources and legal teams to contest claims in their attempts to pay injured victims as little as possible. They are in business, of course, to make money, not to pay victims. As such, injured victims require bold and unwavering legal advocates on their side who have no aversion to fighting back against even the most powerful trucking companies.

We've secured compensation for clients who have suffered severe injuries in truck accidents, including:

We invite all injured truck accident victims throughout Pinellas County and the Tampa Bay area to schedule a free case evaluation with our Clearwater truck accident lawyers to discuss the potential merits of your claim.

Learn how our legal team can recover the compensation you deserve. Contact Roman & Gaynor today for a free consultation.

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We Have Recovered Over $95 Million for Our Clients

  • $4,356,000 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    Client was rear-ended with great force by an employee of Mercedes Benz of Melbourne on a rural highway in South Florida. The collision was so powerful that three cars were totally destroyed and the client was rendered unconscious. The Client sustained multiple fractures to her arm and ribs, damage to her shoulder and she sustained brain damage. The jury deliberated almost four hours at the conclusion of a six day trial in Brevard County, Florida.
  • $2,700,000 Verdict for Truck Accident Victim
    After a six day trial, a Pasco County Jury awarded our clients $2,161,000.00 for wife and $631,900.00 for husband. The wife sustained a head injury and had a spine surgery. The husband injured his hands, shoulder and knee.
  • $1,450,000 Settlement for Injured Pedestrian
    Roman & Gaynor sued our client's car insurance company when they refused to take her fractured pelvis seriously. After being pinned between 2 cars in a parking lot, she could not walk normally or return to work. This jury verdict is more than 10 times the amount of the policy she sought, and her insurance company refused to pay, after her injury. State Farm later settled her bad faith claim and Roman & Gaynor collected the excess judgment.
  • $1,175,000.00 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    $1,175,000.00: A New Port Richey man was injured in a motor vehicle collision when his work van was hit and flipped over, causing him to be ejected from his vehicle, crushing his skull. Roman & Gaynor's investigation revealed that the work van was not equipped with operable seatbelts. A lawsuit against his employer, who was responsible for the maintenance of the work van, resulted in a $1,175,000.00 settlement.
  • $850,000.00 Settlement for Husband & Wife
    A Pasco County couple were seriously injured in a rear end collision in Pasco County. After spinal surgeries, Roman & Gaynor successfully negotiated a global settlement in the amount of $850,000 which assisted this couple in rebuilding their lives.
  • $836,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    Our clients, a 56 and 58 year old couple from Pasco County, were stopped for a red light in Tampa when they were rear ended by a distracted driver. Both husband and wife suffered herniated discs as a result of this accident which resulted in 4 spinal surgeries. The at fault party’s insurance carrier asserted a low impact defense, and asserted that our client suffered from these injuries prior to the accident. After protracted litigation, and just 2 months prior to trial, Roman & Gaynor secured a $836,000 settlement in favor of this couple.
  • $820,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    After a year of litigating a case the Defendant never took seriously, Roman & Gaynor negotiated this settlement just to days before trial for a young lady with a spine injury. In this case, a relatively low impact collision led to more than one spinal surgery, including fusion.
  • $600,000.00 Jury Verdict for Accident Victim
    A St. Petersburg woman received a verdict of more than $600,000 for multiple injuries sustained in a car accident including a broken pelvis. We received the verdict at the end of a three-day trial. The Defendant was the driver of a truck who ran a red light.
  • $572,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision

    In 2017, a middle-aged man was rear-ended at a high-rate of speed on the highway. He sustained head, neck and back injuries but did not get any surgeries. We were able to obtain a tender of the policy limits of the at-fault driver but had to file a lawsuit for the underinsured motorist coverage. Seven months later, in 2019, we reached a settlement. We were able to recover a total of $572,000 for this client and his family from the insurance carriers to help them move forward.

  • $550,000.00 $550,000 Recovery for our Client

    A phantom vehicle made a left turn in the direct path of our client’s path of traveling causing him to take evasive action, causing him to strike a concrete utility pole. The force of the impact caused both airbags to deploy and the car engine came through the firewall and into our client’s dashboard and legs. Our client sustained serious lower extremity injuries, neck, and back injuries necessitating hospitalization, multiple surgeries, and extensive rehabilitation. Because the at fault driver fled the scene of the accident, we presented 2 uninsured motorists claims to our client’s uninsured motorist carriers. Demand for tender of the first uninsured motorist policy in the amount of $250,000 was made by our firm and was paid promptly. Second demand for the second Underinsured Motorist policy in the amount of $300,000 was made by our firm. This second insurance carrier denied coverage, based upon a UM rejection form signed by our client. Our firm determined that the UM selection form was fraudulently signed by our client’s car insurance agent. Our firm then filed a Civil Remedy Notice asserting fraud, and the insurance carrier promptly paid its $300,000 UM policy limit within the 60 day time period provided under the Civil Remedy Notice. This resulted in a total recovery of $550,000.00 for our client. A total victory for our client! Not all law firms check the validity of client signatures on UM selection forms. Our clients can be assured of this attention to detail for each and every case.

Reviews From Our Clients

  • “Thank you for believing in me and my case and always providing sound guidance. ”

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  • “I really felt taken care of by your team. Everyone was very professional.”

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  • “Mark, you and Grace were always very helpful and prompt in returning my calls.”

    Edward R.

  • “The expertise of this firm is wonderful.”

    Grace M.

  • “You and your wonderful staff have restored my faith in the legal profession.”

    Mark M.

  • “Thank you everyone at Roman & Gaynor. You really took care of me.”

    Luis G.

  • “I had experience with other law firms, but yours is different. We really feel that you humanly care.”

    Kheir B.

  • “Prompt, aggressive, compassionate representation is exactly what I received.”

    The C Family

  • “We truly want to thank you for not only representing us but all of your help, guidance and friendship.”

    Harry & Ellie H.

  • “Your firm cares about taking care of their people. I would refer them and use them again if needed.”

    Sultana M.

  • “They Provided Helpful and Prompt Responses.”

    Edward R.

  • “You all made me feel like family. I appreciate all your help.”

    Nicole S.

  • “At Roman and Gaynor it is not just about winning your case, it is also about making sure that you are taken care of physically and emotionally.”

    Co Ah

  • “We were so very confident in the firm's ability, and were never disappointed.”

    Joseph S.

A Firm That Stands Out

  • Over 60 Years of Combined Experience
  • Two Attorneys Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
  • Over $95 Million Recovered for Our Clients
  • 24 Hour Availability
  • Free, No-Obligation Case Evaluations
  • No Fees Unless We Win Your Case

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