Tanker trucks are among the most dangerous commercial vehicles on the highway simply because they transport hazardous chemicals. Truck accidents can result in massive property damage and catastrophic injuries.
For this reason, trucking laws in Florida require drivers and companies to adhere to the highest safety standards on the highway, according to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FHSMV).
If you were in a tanker truck accident and the driver or trucking company is to blame, then contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine. Our law firm can take on big trucking companies, manufacturers, lawyers, and their insurance companies. We can manage your case and fight for a fair settlement.
Call 1-800-747-3733 for a free case assessment from a Boca Raton tanker truck lawyer.
Fault in a Tanker Truck Accident
Due to the size of tanker trucks, accidents often involve multiple vehicles and injured passengers. Therefore, it is not always easy to assign blame or determine liability. In most cases, negligence is what led to the accident. Negligent parties in these types of cases often include:
The Truck Driver
Truck drivers have an enormous responsibility to drive safely and maintain a secure vehicle once they get on the road. The accident may have occurred because the driver was tired, distracted, or drunk. The driver may have lacked the proper training to operate the vehicle, but chose to do so anyway.
The Trucking Manufacturer
In product liability or defect cases, the blame goes to the manufacturer or designer of the defective part. A company may have designed an auto part that failed to operate. A defective or broken part may have been installed during assembly. If so, the manufacturer is liable for damages.
Trucking or Transport Company
Trucking companies are responsible for maintaining their vehicles and ensuring the safe transport of hazardous chemicals. One misstep in truck maintenance or care of delivery can cause a serious truck accident that ends in injuries or fatalities. An investigation after the accident may show that the trucking company was responsible for your injuries.
Truck Inspector or Agencies
Companies may hire a third-party to provide an objective inspection of all vehicles to ensure they meet industry standards. If an inspector failed to identify an apparent problem with the truck, they might be responsible for the accident.
What You Can Expect in a Trucking Accident Case
Truck accident cases differ from other types of personal injury cases because you are dealing with larger corporations. Enterprise-level companies often have lawyers and insurance companies that represent them in accidents. As such, you may feel intimidated due to the magnitude of the case.
However, the process for reviewing the accident, establishing fault and liability, and assessing your damages is the same. You can expect our law firm to prove who was at fault in the accident, present a compelling case, and fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
To find out more about our legal services, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 to see how a Boca Raton tanker truck lawyer can help.
How Our Law Firm Can Help You with Your Case
There are several ways that the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine can help you with your tanker truck accident case.
Provide Legal Consultation
When taking on larger companies, it might help to have a lawyer that can counsel you throughout the litigation. This is especially true if the company hires a lawyer to represent them. We offer legal guidance to help you avoid common mistakes that could hurt your case.
Establish Fault and Liability
We help you determine who was is responsible for the accident by gathering evidence of fault and liability. Evidence may include the accident report, trucking company documents, medical reports, eyewitness accounts, or video footage of the accident. We can use the evidence to support your claim.
Assess Your Damages
The insurance company may offer a low settlement based on how the adjuster calculates your damages. However, the settlement may not reflect your actual losses. Our law firm can explore how the accident impacted your finances and personal life to determine what your case is really worth.
Negotiate a Settlement
You do not have to accept the initial settlement offer. Let us engage with all parties on your behalf to negotiate a fair settlement. If the trucking company or their insurer does not wish to negotiate, you may be able to file a lawsuit and take your case to court. We can represent you and present an argument before a judge or jury.
Damages in a Trucking Accident Case
We can assess your losses to determine the value of your case. Damages may include:
- Property damage
- Medical expenses
- Wage loss
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Disability or disfigurement
Damages can also include loss of enjoyment of life or companionship. A judge might assign punitive damages if we can establish that the driver acted recklessly or there was gross negligence from the trucking company. In wrongful death cases, your family may be entitled to damages such as funeral costs, medical bills, or pain and suffering of the deceased.
Time to File a Personal Injury Claim in Florida
According to Florida Statute § 95.11(3)(a), the deadline for filing a personal injury claim in Florida is four years from the date of the injuries. This includes all commercial trucking accident cases. We can file your claim on your behalf and make sure that your case is processed as soon as possible.
Get Legal Help from a Boca Raton Tanker Truck Lawyer
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine are here to help you with your case. We are dedicated to ensuring that justice is served and that those responsible for the accident compensate you for your losses. Get a free case assessment from a Boca Raton tanker truck lawyer by calling 1-800-747-3733.
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