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New Port Richey Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer

Whether your commercial vehicle accident in New Port Richey, Florida, involves an 18-wheeler, a bus, a construction truck, or a flatbed, the consequences can impact every aspect of your life. Fortunately, compensation may be available through an insurance claim or lawsuit. Contact us online or call Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers at (727) 910-5060. Our New Port Richey commercial vehicle accident lawyers can help you pursue a substantial monetary award for your medical expenses, lost income, and other crash-related damages.

Since 2001, Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers has been trusted by victims and families after life-changing commercial vehicle accidents in New Port Richey and the greater Tampa Bay area. As award-winning trial attorneys, our Florida litigators have forced insurance companies, trucking services, government agencies, and other tough adversaries to pay tens of millions in monetary awards.

Put a team with 119+ years of combined experience in your corner. Call our law office in New Port Richey, FL, to get started by scheduling your free consultation now.

How Our New Port Richey Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After an Accident Involving a Commercial Vehicle

How Our New Port Richey Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After an Accident Involving a Commercial Vehicle

Commercial vehicles tend to be a lot larger and heavier than other vehicles on the road. As a result, they can do considerable damage in a collision with a passenger vehicle, bicyclist, motorcyclist, or pedestrians. Don’t struggle with the costs on your own. Turn to our New Port Richey personal injury lawyers for help.


  • Carefully evaluate and investigate the circumstances of your commercial vehicle accident
  • Determine the owner of the rig and the employment status of the driver
  • Identify all available insurance policies and benefits
  • Review dash cam footage, black box data, photographs, vehicle inspection and maintenance records, driver logs, accident reports, driver communication records, and other evidence
  • Locate and interview witnesses with information about your commercial vehicle accident
  • Determine if the driver or operator of the commercial vehicle violated any state or federal safety regulations
  • Consult with experts and specialists as we build and value your claim for damages
  • Aggressively pursue a maximum settlement for you during negotiations
  • Represent your best interests at trial in Pasco County, FL, if necessary

When you choose Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, you benefit from a team of top-rated New Port Richey personal injury attorneys. Working with our legal team can provide a huge advantage as you fight for compensation, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Client testimonials and reviews offer insight into the considerable benefits of hiring our New Port Richey personal injury law firm.

Call our law office in New Port Richey to learn more about how we can help. We work on contingency, so there’s no cost unless we win or settle your commercial vehicle accident case. 

Decades of Experience Handling All Types of Commercial Vehicle Accident Cases in New Port Richey, FL

Broadly speaking, a commercial vehicle is any vehicle used (or designed to be used) for a commercial purpose – like hauling goods or transporting passengers. 

However, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), commercial vehicles are more strictly defined.

A vehicle is defined as a commercial vehicle if it:

  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or gross vehicle weight (GVW) of at least 10,001 pounds,
  • Is designed to transport more than 15 passengers (including the driver),
  • Is designed to transport 8 or more passengers for compensation (including the driver), or
  • Is designed to transport hazardous materials in amounts requiring signage on the exterior.

Many vehicles – from trucks to buses to construction vehicles – can be classified as commercial vehicles.

At Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, we aggressively advocate for clients injured in accidents involving commercial vehicles, including:

  • 18-wheelers
  • Tractor-trailers
  • Semi-trucks
  • Flatbeds
  • Public buses
  • Private buses
  • School buses
  • Tow trucks
  • Cargo vans
  • Dump trucks
  • Tanker trucks
  • Minibuses
  • Delivery vehicles
  • Garbage trucks
  • Cement trucks
  • Box trucks
  • Pickup trucks
  • Minivans
  • Light duty trucks

For more than two decades, our skilled commercial vehicle accident attorneys in New Port Richey have helped victims change the course of their lives. Through hard work and determination, we’ve forced fair negotiations and won millions on their behalves. Call us to find out how we might be able to help you after your commercial vehicle accident, too.

How Are Commercial Vehicle Accidents and Car Accidents Different?

Cases involving commercial vehicle accidents are markedly different from cases involving traditional car accidents.

Here’s why:

Injuries Can Be More Catastrophic

Victims of commercial vehicle accidents tend to report catastrophic injuries, including:

  • Burns
  • Complete or partial amputation
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Paralysis
  • Nerve damage
  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injury

The sheer force of impact can also cause many commercial vehicle accidents to be fatal, as well.

State and Federal Safety Regulations Apply

Commercial vehicles are subject to regulations established by the State of Florida and the FMCSA. Among other things, these regulations mandate regular and thorough inspections, limit hours of service behind the wheel, and require extensive logs and bookkeeping regarding all aspects of vehicle operation and service. 

When a commercial vehicle is involved in an accident, it’s important to work with an attorney who has in-depth working knowledge and understanding of applicable state and federal laws. 

Liability Can Extend to Multiple Parties

Commercial vehicles tend to be driven by one person but owned and operated by another.  This can create complications when it comes to establishing liability for an accident. If the driver is an employee, the owner/operator of the commercial rig can be vicariously liable for the driver’s negligence and, in turn, the resulting damages.

Other potentially liable parties might include the commercial vehicle manufacturer, vehicle mechanics and maintenance crews, vehicle inspectors, and negligent third parties.

A thorough investigation will be required to determine ownership, understand fleet operations, and ultimately identify how and why the accident happened.

What Causes Most Commercial Vehicle Accidents in New Port Richey?

Some of the most common causes of commercial vehicle accidents in New Port Richey, FL, include:

  • Driver distraction
  • Driver fatigue
  • Driver inexperience
  • Speeding
  • Braking errors
  • Wide turns
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Merging errors
  • Negligent hiring and training
  • Vehicle malfunctions and defects
  • Unsafe cargo loads
  • Road defects

The primary cause of most commercial vehicle crashes is negligence. In other words, someone – the commercial vehicle driver, the business or company that operates the vehicle, or another motorist – fails to act reasonably. Their mistakes or lapses of judgment cause an injury or wrongful death.

Our commercial vehicle accident attorneys in New Port Richey will carefully evaluate the details of your crash and work to pinpoint every possible cause. Once we know why the accident happened, we can pursue compensation from all liable parties.

What Damages Can Be Awarded in a New Port Richey Commercial Vehicle Accident Case?

Florida provides the opportunity for commercial vehicle accident victims to pursue compensatory damages through an insurance claim or lawsuit.

Compensatory damages include money for financial losses (economic damages) and more difficult-to-value trauma (non-economic damages).

Examples include:

  • Amounts paid for current medical care, including hospitalization, surgery, and medication
  • Future medical expenses, including rehabilitation and therapy
  • Disability
  • Lost wages and earnings
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Out-of-pocket costs
  • Nursing care
  • Funeral costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Embarrassment
  • Disfigurement
  • Emotional distress

In limited cases, punitive damages can also be awarded. Pursuant to Florida state law, a jury must find clear and convincing evidence that the defendant acted intentionally or with gross negligence.

Can Shared Fault Hurt My Florida Commercial Vehicle Accident Settlement?

Yes, getting blamed for a commercial vehicle accident in New Port Richey can affect your ability to recover compensation.

Florida has a system of modified comparative negligence with a 51 percent bar.

Damages are prohibited when you are assigned 51 percent or more liability for a crash, and they are reduced when you are assigned 50 percent or less responsibility for a crash.

Let’s say you’re injured in a commercial vehicle accident in New Port Richey and suffer damages worth $200,000. You’re assigned half of the blame for the accident. As a result, your maximum settlement or jury award will be limited to $100,000.

Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers will help you when you’re blamed for a commercial vehicle accident in Florida. We will demand hard evidence and work to limit how much – if any – liability is assigned to you. The less liability you share, the more money you can potentially get when your case is resolved.

What’s the Time Limit for Filing a Florida Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawsuit?

Florida’s two-year statute of limitations applies to most commercial vehicle accident lawsuits.

This is true for cases involving both personal injury and wrongful death.

Two years might seem like a long time, but it will fly by before you know it. If you let the deadline pass, you’ll lose the ability to take legal action and demand the financial accountability you deserve.

Contact our qualified New Port Richey personal injury attorneys today for help confirming the deadline for your particular case – there are exceptions in some instances.

Schedule a Free Consultation With an Experienced New Port Richey Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer

Call Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers if you’ve recently been injured or lost a close family member in a commercial vehicle accident in New Port Richey, Florida. 

We can help you stand up to the owner of the commercial vehicle, the negligent driver, an insurance company, and anyone else who attempts to stand between you and the compensation you deserve.

Our New Port Richey commercial vehicle accident lawyers have over 119 years of experience, and we’re ready to fight for you. Contact our law office to schedule a free consultation now.

Anthony David
Anthony David
Winters & Yonker are an extremely knowledgeable car accident attorneys in Tampa. Marc represented me injured in a car crash when I was coming off I-4. He is clearly the best in the field! The entire team at his firm is AMAZING!!!They helped through my whole process always keeping me up to date. They referenced me to the best doctors to assist in my recovery. I always felt comfortable with every part of it specially now in the pandemic time. The stuff is very friendly and always available for you. I specifically like to thank PRE-LITIGATION department. They were passionate, dedicated and professional. Marc worked very hard on my case and did fantastic job!!! I am very pleased with the outcome of my case. The results are outstanding. I highly recommend Marc and his entire Firm. You guys are AWESOME! Thank You to everyone at this firm!
Karla Rogers
Karla Rogers
Best lawyer ever! I had an accident gave them a call and like three months later, case Settled and full payout... Excellent service!
Lenette Montalvo
Lenette Montalvo
Christopher from Winter and Yonker was amazing. Very nice person to talk to, listen to what I had to say, and even gave his opinion when needed. From start to finish I felt very important and I was impressed by this law firm every one i spoke to made me feel safe and comfortableto. My accident has done a lot of damage to me, and knowing I had an attorney from Winters and Yonker on my side made me feel great. My compensation for my accident is amazing and it will help me in my life. Thank you very much I will definitely recommend this law firm.
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coleman vera
I went to Winter & Yonker Law Firm for my Tampa car accident case I was involved in. My case manager throughout the process and she took care of me from start to finish. The process was very seamless, I received the medical treatment that I needed immediately and at the very end, concluded with a very rewarding settlement. I've worked with a few law firms from prior accidents and none can compare to the service OR expertise I received from Mr. Yonker.👉 If you're seeking help for an injury related case, I would definitely recommend working with him and their amazing legal staff at Winter & Yonker Firm in Tampa. I will always use this firm for all my Personal Injury Claims! If you are l@@king for an Attorney to give you Top Notch legal help and the MOST money for your Pain & Suffering then take it from me I'm a paralegal and this firm continues to OUTSHINE them all!
Meredith Wilson
Meredith Wilson
This was my first personal injury experience. I wanted to choose a law office I could trust. A friend of mine recommended the law offices of Winters & Yonker, Personal Injury Lawyers in Tampa. Through the entire process Attorney Marc Yonkers was helpful and communication was stellar. I never felt out the loop. I felt confident throughout entire process. Which this month (Sept. 2023) they were able to settle my accident case successfully and to my 100% satisfaction. I cannot recommend Winters & Yonker and or Marc any higher. In short they are firm, fair, aggressive, responsive, super smart and know the numerous ins and outs of Personal Injury cases (which can be quite complicated). Upon hiring them you get a law firm that will leave you confident that your case will be handled expertly and with your interests front and center.
Geneva Ramirez
Geneva Ramirez
Winters and Yonkers has been a legend of the Tampa Bay personal injury Attorney community for a long time. I was in a car accident recently with my husband, we suffered back and neck pains after two days and thought to get someone’s help. I found Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers through a google search and called them right up. The same day Mr. Winters contacted both of us, listened, and was compassionate to our situation. He helped us through the entire process including getting me seen by a Doctor so we could heal our injuries correctly, and we got our medical bills reduced! Bill Winters, my case manager, and the entire staff were very knowledgeable and exceptional at their work. We would like to express my sincere gratitude to them and recommend them without any hesitation to anybody who needs help, don't try and fight the at fault's insurance on your own. If you're injured and need someone to protect your rights you won't find a better Attorney than Bill Winters at Winters & Yonkers!-Geneva, Tampa FL#personalinjurylawyer #caraccidentlawyer #tampainjuryattorney
Shelley Torres
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Bum Boi
Bum Boi
My wife and I are work in Mediation and Arbitration but know nothing about personal injury cases. When a young delivery Truck driver who was distracted by his phone hit us at full speed and rear-ended us as we were stopped in traffic on Wesley chapel. We knew we needed to hire the best lawyers with PI experience and expertise in the Tampa legal community that we could.From our first phone call with Bill Winters and then all the way through Trial preparation then Trial, we never felt any bad about our case because we knew Bill and the entire staff at Winters and Yonker would take care of us.Their dedication, innovation, motivation, reliability, unparalleled intellect, and exceptional skill as trial lawyers make them extraordinary individuals. My experience working with them was nothing short of exceptional. Experiencing a car accident is an ordeal that encompasses fear, trauma, and frustration. It's a life-changing event in anyone's life. There was no amount of money that could ever make me alright, because I would give any amount of cash to not have to go through the nightmare that the car accident was and continues to be.It took almost 2 years from the time of the car crash to go to trial, but ultimately the jury verdict that Bill Winters got for my family was worth fighting for. There were so many times over the course of the three years that we actively realized how amazing it was that we felt no anxiety or concerns or worries about our case, because Bill is truly outstanding!If you or anyone you know gets hurt in a car accident, call Winters and Yonkers RIGHT AWAY! And then rest assured that you, your family, or friends are being cared for by the ABSOLUTE BEST legal team in Tampa Bay. Thank you, Winters & Yonker!
Glenda Litimco
Glenda Litimco
Winters & Yonker law firm did excellent work with my injury case. Luckily, I was referred to Winters & Yonker from a good friend after I was injured in a car accident. I did some initial research about injury lawyers near me, but the reviews for this office really stood out to me in Tampa. I decided to call and after a single phone conversation, the choice was easy to make! Not only was everyone extremely professional, they made the entire process smooth and clear. I was at ease with each step of the way because they were always there to answer my questions and keep me informed of what was happening. All expectations were met and my settlement was exceeded. I got much more than I thought was even possible from the insurance company. I highly recommend the Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, and their team in Tampa to anyone in need of help after a car, truck, or motorcycle accident. You'll be in good hands!
Dandrea Ikner
Dandrea Ikner
This is the best lawyer in town
Nicky Warner
Nicky Warner
Max was amazing! He kept me updated throughout the whole process and was extremely easy to talk with. He also explained everything so I can completely understand it. It was an amazing experience. Thank you, Max!
Erika Smith
Erika Smith
I had a great experience with them! They truly care about you!! Thank you so much🤗
Jonathan Clem
Jonathan Clem
I was injured in a car crash here in town. Since it was essentially a "he said she said" accident case the opposing insurance claimed it was a 50/50 fault. Even though it clearly could not have been my fault. However, Bill worked diligently to get me everything I was needed to get my life back. He worked to get me access to all the doctors I needed and medical treamtment for my neck and back. Plus, a large settlement amount. Bill even took the time to calm me down when I saw the initial amount and cost for seeing my medical bills piling up! He even managed to get them to reduce their bills significantly! Plus, I received as much as possible. Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers in Tampa provided a great legal service. They were strait forward and honest about the approach, and communicated every aspect of the process. The firm took care of everything. I would 100% without a doubt recommend him if I knew someone that need a personal injury attorney. Given the circumstances of our introduction I hope I never have to, BUT Bill Winters will definitely be my first call if I'm ever injured again!
marie silvers
marie silvers
They are the Best! They care about you as a person!
jorden reagan
jorden reagan
Everyone on their staff is amazing! Chris and Sara won my case and helped me out with an accident that occurred a few months back. They made the entire process so easy! They called with case updates but not too often where it was constant phone calls. It was just enough to know what was going on the whole time without being bombarded. Thankful for Tayler on their staff who helped inform me on why Winters and Yonker was the best choice to go with!
Kimberly Rushton
Kimberly Rushton
Yes, I would highly recommend winners in Yonkers. I worked with Trevor and Trevor was the best. I recommend anyone that ever needs a lawyer to go to them. They are the best.
Pat Pawelkop
Pat Pawelkop
Highly recommend. Bill Winters and his staff took time to answer my questions, and handled my case in a timely and professional manner. I almost didn't contact a lawyer over my "small" injury case because I feared it would be so difficult and stressful. But he got me the settlement that my insurance company owed me, and I would never have been able to do that on my own. And with less stress that I anticipated. I'm glad I called them.
Amysway Barton
Amysway Barton
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Certified Soul
Certified Soul
Winters and Yonker is who you want to go to when you get in a car accident because they will take care of you and won’t let you get low balled on your settlement. I got in a car accident where my back and shoulder was injured and I was referred to a attorney named Trevor. I appreciate Trevor for handling my case and keeping me informed with all the information I needed.
Sean S
Sean S
One of the best law firms in Tampa. My family was involved in a serious car accident. We went to that other personal injury firm with the two M's they were trying to make us settle the case quickly and they we're not listening to us with the arrogant attitude that they were the experts and we were just ignorant. We promptly fired them and then hired Winters & yonker. Our settlement was 5 times higher than what the MM wanted to settle for.I would like to thank Winters and Yonkers entire staff for a wonderful experience. They were all very knowledgeable and walked us through the whole process. We really felt like they cared, unlike the other firm.
Linda Robinson
Linda Robinson
I’m giving Winters & Yonker a shout out. My mother fell in Winn Dixie afew months ago. Her first choice wasMorgan & Morgan; however, after theinterview with them they decided not to take the case. My perception was that it was not a big enough case for them. I knew that she deserved to be compensated for her injuries, and I had mad faith in Winters & Yonker from using them in the past. They not only took the case but settled it in record time. Thanks Winters and Yonker, and I like to send a special thank you to Christopher Smith, who was never to busy when I needed answers. I would recommend your law firm to anyone. I found you to be ethical, professional, and respectful to my family, but most of all you will fight for the little guy. Much love and respect. God bless you all and your families👏👏👏👏
Reuben Rodriques
Reuben Rodriques
Other said it couldn't be done called your law firm and immediately you got on it impressive shocking furthermore you showed integrity did what you had to do though you didn't have to do it and I was shockingly pleased thank you you surprised me had I to choose any other law firm I would not hesitate to call you or share my experience with my friends thank you once again from me and my family amen
Hameed Owens
Hameed Owens
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