Fuel truck accidents are often traumatic, leading to life-altering injuries or death. Since the evidence in a fuel truck accident can be lost, and witnesses can be hard to find afterward, it is important to act quickly so that you can recover your losses.
If you need legal representation after a fuel truck accident in Florida, call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine. Let us review your case, discuss your options, and fight to get you a fair settlement. Contact our law firm today and let us help you protect your rights.
Call 1-800-747-3733 for a free case assessment and connect with a Boca Raton fuel truck lawyer.
The Causes of Fuel Truck Accidents
Trying to assess what happened after a fuel truck accident can be difficult. In most cases, accidents are caused by negligence or reckless behavior. One or more negligent parties in an accident may include:
Truck drivers stay on the road for long periods. This can affect their alertness and judgment. A truck driver may have been tired, distracted, or intoxicated, causing the truck to swerve or collide with another vehicle. Some drivers may choose to operate a large commercial vehicle even if they have the proper training to do so.
Florida laws require trucking companies in Florida to maintain a safe and dependable fleet. All vehicles must undergo thorough and accurate inspection and maintenance on a routine basis. When trucking companies cut corners or ignore problems, they put drivers and other people in danger.
A flawed design or defective part can hinder a driver’s ability to maintain control of the truck in dangerous situations. Manufacturers must run their vehicles through rigorous tests to ensure that the design is workable. Employees on the assembly floor must also ensure that each part is in excellent condition.
Trucking companies may partner with third-party inspection companies that ensure each vehicle meets or exceeds state and federal safety standards as seen on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website. Inspectors must identify problems, report them, and enforce adjustments in the vehicles before they are allowed back on the road. An inspector who overlooks or ignores a problem can increase the risk that an accident will happen.
Providing Evidence of Fault and Liability
When a fuel truck accident occurs, multiple parties may be held responsible. As your attorneys, our job is to conduct a thorough investigation to determine how the accident occurred and which parties are liable. We gather evidence of fault and liability, such as:
- Photos or video footage
- Statements from eyewitnesses
- Accident reports or police reports
- Medical documents
- Expert testimony
- Clues at the accident scene
- Manufacturer or trucking company documents
We can use evidence to support your personal injury claim and receive the compensation you deserve for your losses. Let our law firm ensure that justice is done and that your rights are protected. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733 for a free case review to see if a Boca Raton fuel truck lawyer can help with your case.
Damages You Can Claim in a Fuel Truck Accident
We calculate damages in a personal injury case based on the losses you suffered after the accident. Damages usually include medical expenses or the cost to fix your damaged vehicle. However, we can also include other ways in which the accident impacted your life.
Damages you can claim in a fuel truck accident may include:
Current and Future Medical Expenses
Injuries arising from a fuel truck accident can be extensive, leading to specialized medical procedures and a long recovery period. Expenses may include ER visits, your hospital stay, ambulance fees, rehabilitation, consultations, and pain medication. Make sure you keep all documents so that we can use them in your case.
Lost Pay and Earning Capacity
If you are out of work for several weeks, you may lose a considerable amount of pay, bonuses, or benefits. If you are disabled or disfigured, then we can help you calculate your lost earning capacity. Your employer can provide documentation that shows how much total income you lost as a result of the accident.
Physical and Emotional Suffering
You may have experienced a tremendous amount of physical pain and discomfort during recovery. Also, you may have suffered from severe anxiety or depression. While these losses are harder to calculate, our legal team can assess these types of damages and include them in your claim.
Overall Decline in the Quality of Life
Personal damage from a fuel truck accident can be widespread, affecting various of your life and relationships. We may be able to include loss of consortium, loss of parental support, or loss of enjoyment of life in your claim.
Wrongful Death Claims
If you lost a loved one due to a fuel truck accident, your family may be able to recover all death-related expenses. These include burial costs, funeral ceremony expenses, sudden loss of household income, pain and suffering of the deceased prior to death, or medical expenses prior to death.
Keep in mind, you do not have to accept the initial settlement offer from the insurance company. Let a personal injury attorney help you decide what your case is really worth. Our law firm will push for fair compensation possible based on the full extent of your losses.
Florida Statute of Limitations for Fuel Truck Accident Cases
If possible, try not to let too much time pass before you file your claim. Florida Statute § 95.11(3)(a) gives you four years to file a lawsuit in personal injury cases, including truck accidents. If you miss the deadline, you may no longer be eligible to pursue compensation for damages.
Let us help you prepare and submit all documents before the deadline. We can also ensure that you follow all state guidelines throughout your case so that you avoid any costly mistakes.
Our Boca Raton Fuel Truck Lawyers Are Here to Help You
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine are committed to making sure your rights are protected after a fuel truck accident. Let us review your accident and help you fight for money to pay for the expenses associated with your truck accident. Call 1-800-747-3733 to get a free case assessment and discuss how hiring a Boca Raton fuel truck lawyer can help you during this stressful time.
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