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Personal Injury Lawyers

killed in trucking/18-wheeler injury cases

If you’ve ever driven on a highway, you are aware of the fact that passenger vehicles share the road with big commercial trucks that haul tons of cargo across our country. Due to the size of these vehicles, an accident with an 18-wheeler often causes catastrophic injuries to the passengers in other involved vehicles. The Perez Collazo Law Firm has a dedicated team of 18-wheeler accident attorneys ready to help you proceed with a personal injury claim and start the process of putting your life back together.

The individuals operating these big and dangerous vehicles are required by law to follow strict federal safety regulations; unfortunately, they do not always do so. The resulting trucking accidents often end up in lengthy, high-stakes personal injury litigation.

If you’ve been injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler or other truck, we understand that this can be a very traumatic incident. When you consult with one of our 18-wheeler accident lawyers, we evaluate your situation thoroughly and determine how to proceed with a claim against the parties responsible for your injuries.

Common causes of trucking accidents include:

 

  • Faulty brakes or other equipment on the truck
  • A fatigued or reckless driver
  • Length of time the driver was on the road before the accident
  • Insufficient driver training
  • An overloaded trailer or poor load distribution
  • Defective brakes
  • Inadequately inflated tires
  • Road defects
  • Violation of laws of the road
  • Drugs or alcohol
  • Poor truck maintenance
  • Pressure from trucking company to meet deadline

Car accident attorneys dedicated to your rights

When people drive on public roads, they should have a duty of care to one another to conduct themselves in a reasonably safe manner. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. If you have been injured in an accident due to others negligence, the Perez Collazo Law Firm is here to help you.

Insurance companies take advantage of unrepresented parties and attempt to have them make statements or sign documents admitting partial or complete fault. That’s one of the reasons why it is important to consult with one of our experienced  as soon as possible after your accident. If you are seriously injured, you may be able to recover for property damages, medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering. Our lawyers  are experienced and skilled in personal injury litigation. They evaluate your case thoroughly and advise you how best to proceed.

Drunk drivers

Unfortunately, many car accidents involve drivers who are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. These impaired drivers expose themselves to both civil and criminal liability, and our legal system takes driving while under the influence very seriously. Under a legal doctrine known as negligence per se, an individual who violates a law or regulation designed to prevent the resulting type of harm is found to be negligent as a matter of law. This creates a situation in which drunk drivers are automatically found to be liable for injuries that result from an accident they cause.

Issues in car accident cases

Some of the most common causes of car accidents include:

 

  • Driver error
  • Violations of traffic laws
  • Texting while driving
  • Road conditions
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Weather conditions
  • Driving an unsafe vehicle

Experienced specialists in construction site accidents

A construction site is an very dangerous place, and each year lots of people are injured while working, visiting or simply passing by an active construction site. Because of the type and weight of materials and equipment commonly found at construction sites, these injuries are often catastrophic. Construction site accidents may occur on residential or commercial property. Determining who can be held liable is often a complicated process. The Perez Collazo Law Firm is a team of highly qualified construction and work accident attorneys who have the experience and skill to evaluate your situation thoroughly and determine whether you have a legal claim.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 300,000 injuries occur at construction sites annually and more than 1,000 people die. Construction sites are subject to state and federal safety regulations that require owners and contractors to maintain a reasonably safe environment. Nonetheless, there are countless ways construction sites can and do subject workers, visitors or passers-by to unnecessary risk of harm. By retaining an experienced  accident attorney as soon as possible after an injury, you maximize your claim’s chances of success against the parties at fault.

Some of the types of construction site accidents we handle include:

 

  • Slips and fall accidents
  • Scaffold/ladder accidents
  • Chemical burns
  • Mesothelioma (from asbestos exposure)
  • Demolition accidents
  • Unsafe electrical fixtures
  • Welding accidents
  • Crane accidents
  • Wall collapse accidents
  • Toxic substance exposure
  • Blasting accidents
  • Elevator malfunctions

Determining who is at fault for a construction site accident requires experience and research skills. Any or all of the following might be contributing factors:

 

  • Property owner negligence
  • Negligence or recklessness on the part of workers
  • Defective industrial equipment
  • Drug or alcohol use
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