If you believe that the truck driver or another party’s negligence caused you harm, a Bayshore truck accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you pursue compensation. Nothing can undo what happened, but we can assist you in filing an insurance claim or lawsuit to get your family back on solid financial footing.
The Dangers of Trucking Accidents
Trucks are typically 20 to 30 times heavier than passenger vehicles and pose a greater risk to others on the road, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS goes on to say of the 4,119 people who died in large truck accidents in 2019, an overwhelming 67% were car and other vehicle occupants.
Due to the dangers large trucks pose, there are federal and state regulations truckers and trucking companies must comply with to keep others on the road safe. These concern the weight of trucks, the type of cargo they can carry, and how they are inspected. Truck drivers must follow allotted driving time limits and take regular breaks. If a negligent truck driver or another party ignored these safety regulations, causing your accident, they can be held accountable.
When to Pursue Compensation
After a truck accident in Bayshore, bills can quickly pile up and, you or a loved one may face a long road to recovery. You can pursue two broad categories of damages: economic and non-economic damages.
The Types of Damages
Economic damages: these damages cover the quantifiable financial costs of your accident. Examples can include your medical bills, the cost of a vehicle repair, and lost wages. If you can put an exact number on it with a bill or an estimate, it falls under economic damages.
Non-economic damages: these can be harder to quantify and affect your potential compensation. Your settlement should not just cover the obvious bills and expenses. It should also be calculated with the emotional toll of your accident in mind.
You can be compensated for your emotional distress or the wrongful death of a loved one. If you are disfigured or have a diminished quality of life after an accident, that is considered when compensation is calculated. Anything else that contributed to your family’s past and future pain and suffering will also be taken into account.
How a Lawyer Serving Bayshore, FL Can Assist You
You are not required to hire a truck accident attorney when you pursue damages, but having a legal professional on your side can be beneficial over going it alone. Your attorney will:
- File your case and get the legal process started
- Field settlement offers
- Calculate what would be fair compensation for you and your family
- Gather evidence needed to make your case
- Communicate with other involved parties
- Hold all liable parties accountable
- Make your case in court if needed
- Help you prepare for depositions or testimony
It can be hard to make your case and fight for compensation on your own. While one of our lawyers cannot guarantee a specific outcome, we will fight for the best possible results for you and your family.
Why Choose Our Law Firm
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we believe in going above and beyond to assist our clients, whether we are in or out of the courtroom. We give you your lawyer’s personal phone number, so you can get in touch with them at any time if you have questions about your case. We can also help you make appointments with doctors or mechanics if you are struggling. We are here for you every step of the way, and our reviews from happy clients demonstrate that.
The Statute of Limitations
Your lawyer will also ensure that your case is filed before the statute of limitations expires. Per Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a), you have four years to file a personal injury case. You have two years to begin pursuing a wrongful death action.
Potentially Liable Parties
We mentioned that your attorney will hold all liable parties accountable. An accident involving a truck can get quite complex, and there could be multiple liable parties. Liable parties can include one or more of the following:
The truck driver: the behavior or negligence of the driver may have contributed to the accident. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) highlights driving habits that can cause accidents, like following too closely, driver fatigue, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The truck owner: there are high standards for truck maintenance and inspections. If a truck owner does not meet them, they could be found negligent. Trucking companies might also have past complaints against them that could bolster your case.
The cargo company: there are rules about cargo weight and the type of cargo that can be safely transported. A cargo company that ignores these regulations should be held accountable.
A safety inspector: a truck inspector that misses a major issue can be held liable if that issue contributes to an accident.
The manufacturer of a faulty part: if a mechanical failure causes your accident, the manufacturer of the failing component may also be named in a claim or lawsuit.
Any of these parties could be partially responsible for your accident, and they need to be held accountable for their negligent actions.
Call for your free consultation today
You do not need to fight for justice on your own. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 to receive your free case evaluation today. Learn more about your legal options and how a truck accident lawyer serving Bayshore can help you pursue compensation. The consultation is free, and you are not charged any fees until a settlement or court award is reached.
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