Garbage trucks are huge vehicles that can cause severe injury or death in the event of an accident. Those struck by garbage trucks may face bruising, broken bones, or paralysis. If you were in a garbage truck accident in Brandon, FL, you may have legal recourse, though. You could receive compensation for your damages.
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, our lawyers serving Brandon are ready to help. We can explain your legal options to you and file an insurance claim or lawsuit on your behalf.
What Should I Look for in a Garbage Truck Accident Lawyer?
Garbage truck accidents fall within the purview of personal injury. Therefore, when selecting a legal team, you should examine their personal injury expertise. Check to see if they have proven case results and strong testimonials from their clients.
This background in personal injury will allow a prospective lawyer to provide you with the following key services:
- They can act as your liaison and communicate with liable parties and insurers on your behalf.
- They can gather evidence associated with your accident to build your case.
- They can push for an expedient out-of-court settlement.
- They can defend your rights in the courtroom if needed.
- They can promptly answer any legal questions you may have.
- They can determine who is liable for your injuries.
An experienced lawyer with garbage truck accident expertise can act as both your representative and legal guide.
How Much Will I Receive in Compensation?
Typically, you can receive damages in one of two ways. Either you and the liable party come to an out-of-court agreement, or your case proceeds to trial. Out-of-court settlements are oftentimes preferred because they are less time-consuming and less costly. They are also more common than civil lawsuits that end in trial.
The value of damages awarded in garbage truck accident cases can vary wildly. The severity of the involved injuries, as well as the context of the crash, will impact the valuation of the case. This means that assigning a value to a case without knowing its specifics is difficult.
That said, these are a few common damages that could contribute to your compensation:
- Pain and suffering.
- Upfront medical costs.
- Injuries sustained during the accident.
- Long-term medical treatment.
- Loss of consortium, in the case of a lost loved one.
- Lost wages, both present, and future.
- Repair or replacement of personal property.
Every case is unique. Some damages not mentioned here may have an impact on your case. At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we pride ourselves on our legal knowledge. If you’re unsure about the specifics of your case, we can answer any questions you may have.
Why Choose the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine?
We know each case is unique, so we offer our clients personalized legal care.
Our commitment to legal expertise extends beyond matters of the law, too. We strive to make our clients feel like members of our family. No matter the circumstances, we guarantee you’ll be taken care of.
When you join us as a client, you’ll receive the following perks:
- The phone number of the lawyer assigned to your case.
- Consistent case updates.
- Answers to any burning questions you have.
- Assistance with scheduling appointments and car repairs.
Affording a lawyer may sound daunting. However, at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we offer a pricing plan that puts our customers first:
- We’ll review your case for free. During this meeting, we can answer questions you have and discuss how we work together best going forward.
- We don’t win unless you do. We work on contingency, meaning you don’t have to pay our lawyers unless you receive compensation.
This combination of legal expertise, compassionate support, and fair pricing has led many of our clients to write positive reviews of our firm:
- “I can’t thank the Law Offices of Anidjar and Levine enough! They did such a great job in settling my case and I’m so pleased with their work. I want to especially thank Larry Levine and the whole team for all their hard work and dedication to my case. I highly recommend them to anyone who needs legal assistance!” – Rivka N.
- “From the very first meeting until the final hand shake they handled every aspect of a complex manner with such open minds and professionalism. I am thoroughly impressed with how professional and prompt they were able to be during the process! Very much appreciated guys!” – Jose R.
Liable Parties in a Garbage Truck Accident
Liability in a garbage truck accident can be complicated because oftentimes multiple parties are involved in the crash. The driver, employer, and truck manufacturer can all be liable in these cases.
Garbage truck companies and municipal departments are responsible for ensuring their drivers receive adequate training. Florida operates with vicarious liability law, meaning employers can sometimes be held liable for the actions of their employees.
If the party responsible for training and maintaining a roster of drivers fails to do any of the following, they may be liable:
- Maintained the condition of trucks in use.
- Subjected their drivers to proper background checks.
- Ensured every driver on the road received adequate training.
Garbage services can be provided by municipalities or private companies. Legal proceedings could be more complicated if Hillsborough County Solid Waste Services is involved in the case. If you’re unclear about which applies to your situation, our lawyers can answer any questions you may have.
Garbage Truck Driver Liability
The garbage truck driver involved in the case can be liable, as well. If they were engaging in unsafe driving practices, or behaving in a negligent manner, they could be involved.
Garbage Truck Manufacturer Liability
Truck manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that their vehicles are safe to drive. Your accident may have resulted from a faulty vehicle. If so, the company responsible for manufacturing the vehicle involved in the accident could be held liable.
Time Is Essential
Florida law mandates a strict deadline for garbage truck accident lawsuits. Per Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a), you have four years after your accident to file a lawsuit. If you are filing for the loss of a loved one, this window is only two years, per Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(d). While these windows may seem like plenty of time, it’s important to get a head start on your case.
Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine
Our team is ready to support you through the duration of your case. We’re committed to providing a hassle-free legal experience.
We Can Help.