When traveling by car, truck, or recreational vehicle, it is common for drivers to select truck stops as the place to go for all their needs, from fuel to a clean bathroom and a safe place to stretch their legs. In addition, most truck stops offer a wide assortment of snacks, drinks, and food items to help you remain focused and alert as you continue your drive. The most well-known names include:
These four brands account for over 2,000 truck stops nationwide and are the favorites of many drivers. Seeing these signs along the highway alerts drivers to what most consider a safe place to stop for a break, even at night. But what many are not aware of is the number of slip and fall accidents that occur in these not always safe locations. Sadly, drivers see a name brand and assume that the staff is dedicated to providing the care and cleaning needed to keep patrons safe from hazards like drinks, ice dropped on the floor, or a damaged floor mat. However, that is not always the case, so guests must remain vigilant in watching for the common issues that could result in a severe injury due to a very preventable slip and fall accident.
If you or a loved one have recently visited one of the many truck stops in California and suffered a slip and fall injury accident, please know you are not alone. And understand that you do not need to face the challenges and financial hardships your injuries have caused by yourself. The seasoned and successful truck stop slip and fall attorneys at DTLA Law Group are here to provide the information and answers you need to secure any compensation that is owed to you.
Our team can be reached 24/7 to ensure you have the reliable legal information you need when choosing to seek legal action to get the money owed to you for your medical expenses, lost income, and other financial losses caused by your truck stop slip and fall injuries. In addition, we are pleased to provide a free consultation with a truck stop slip and fall attorney to determine if your incident has the legal merit required to pursue a lawsuit. Please get in touch with DTLA Law Group today to learn more.
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The Common Slip And Fall Hazards Lurking In Many Truck Stops
Unfortunately, truck stops can see a lot of traffic in a short period of time. That can result in a lot of spills and mess that need immediate attention from the staff to prevent countless slip and fall accidents. But it is also a well-known fact that most truck stops operate with minimal staff, even during the busiest times of the day and night. So customers need to be aware of the often overlooked or blatantly ignored slip and fall hazards that include:
Water or other drinks spilled on the floor and not promptly cleaned up
Ice that is dropped and ignored soon becomes a significant slip and fall hazard
Floor mats that are damaged or folded
Water tracked in from outdoors
Saturated floor mats
Water leaking from damaged pipes, clogged drains, or malfunctioning plumbing fixtures
Merchandise that fell to the floor but was not picked up
Leaking bottles, cartons, or packages on the shelves
Litter and other paper items on the floor
Freestanding displays blocking the walkways
Wet floors that were recently mopped but had no warning signs to alert customers of the added potential for a slip and fall incident
Unmarked or poorly marked transitions from one flooring surface to another or at steps or ramps
While these issues appear to be minimal and easy to handle, the staff at many truck stops choose to overlook them and their potential to severely injury a patron if they slip and fall. This disregard for customer safety is what allows many slip and fall accident injury victims to sue the truck stop where they slipped and fell for compensation to cover their medical expenses and other losses caused by their injuries.
What Is Duty Of Care?
Duty of care is part of premises liability law that is in place to protect the safety of guests at a business or private location. These guidelines define the care and precautions that must be provided by the property or business owner to ensure the safety of legal guests on the property. Fortunately, the explanation is very straightforward and defines the level of care as the same as would be provided by the average prudent person.
Knowing the requirements, it is easy for truck stop staff and patrons to understand what is expected to ensure everyone’s safety. You can imagine issues that might occur in your home, such as spilled ice or water, and know exactly how the truck stop staff should react to the issue based on the actions you or the average person would take to eliminate the safety hazards. Cleaning up the spills promptly is what you would do, and the truck stop staff should address the issue.
When the staff at the truck stop does not provide the vital yet basic care required for customer safety, they are said to be in breach of duty of care or negligent in their duty of care. And if that negligence is the cause of or contributes to a customer’s slip and fall accident injuries, the truck stop could be responsible for the victim’s losses and expenses due to their injuries.
Your DTLA Law Group legal team will help you determine if negligence contributed to your injuries and iyou have the legal right to seek compensation for the damages you suffered.
How Much Is My Truck Stop Slip And Fall Accident Injury Claim Worth?
The value of each personal injury lawsuit claim is determined based on the actual losses and expenses suffered by the victim. So, the staff at DTLA Law Group will work with you to resolve all of the allowable expenses to include in your claim amount. These costs are will often include but are not limited to:
All current and future medical expenses related to the injuries suffered during the truck stop slip and fall incident
The value of any personal property damaged or destroyed in the truck stop slip and fall
Your lost wages or income if the injuries you suffered prevent you from working while you are recovering
Legal fees and expenses from DTLA Law Group to prepare and litigate your truck stop slip and fall accident injury lawsuit
In claims that involve significant injuries and an extended recovery time, it is common to include a dollar amount to compensate the victim for their pain and suffering. This amount is not determined by any expenses or other verifiable documentation. Instead, your legal team will recommend a fair and reasonable amount, often based on previous claims with similar injuries and circumstances. The goal of our legal experts is always to secure the full and fair payment you deserve for the losses and damages you sustained due to someone else’s negligence.
When To File Your Truck Stop Slip And Fall Injury Claim
As a personal injury victim, you have two years to file the case with the court system. If you fail to file in that time, it is common to lose the right to seek compensation. However, a few rules could allow you more time based on the type of injuries you sustained. So be sure to get in touch with DTLA Law Group as soon as possible after your truck stop slip and fall incident to ensure you understand when your claim must be filed and if your case has legal merit.
Getting The Best Truck Stop Slip And Fall Attorney
The staff at DTLA Law Group has decades of combined experience and success securing the compensation our clients deserve after suffering a truck stop slip and fall injury. In addition, we know that the injuries and expenses you face can be life-altering. At best, they will alter your life until you make a complete recovery. And in the worst cases, the victim faces a lifetime of challenges and hardships. The stress of these issues is often very overwhelming for personal injury victims.
At DTLA Law Group, our team is dedicated to delivering justice for the victims of personal injuries. And we pledge never to add to the trouble and financial hardship created by the injuries. So, we only get paid for our services, and the court fees are paid on your behalf when we have delivered the settlement or verdict funds needed to cover your expenses. And you owe us nothing if we fail to win your truck stop slip and fall injury lawsuit.
Many personal injury victims believe this payment policy is too good to be true. However, it is the pledge we make to every client to ensure they have the expert legal care they need to get the funds they deserve. Please contact DTLA Law Group today to learn more about our services, the dedication of our expert truck stop slip and fall injury lawyers, and the possible value of your settlement or verdict.
Please know you are never alone. The staff at DTLA Law Group will stand beside you every step of the way. We never quit until you can begin to overcome all the challenges created by your slip and fall injuries and recover the stable financial future you deserve.
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