If you’re a victim of a garbage truck accident, you could be dealing with a garbage collection company with insurance companies and lawyers to protect them. A Cape Coral garbage truck accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can fight for a fair and just settlement.
We offer free consultations and work on contingency fees, so you only pay attorney fees if you recover compensation for losses.
Who Should I Speak to After a Garbage Truck Accident?
Contact your own insurance company to notify them of the accident. Do not give a recorded statement without first speaking with a lawyer.
You may be contacted by the claims adjuster representing the other driver’s insurance company. Don’t give a statement.
Make an appointment for a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer who can advise you of your rights and help you navigate the insurance and legal claims. Saying the wrong thing or agreeing to give a recorded statement over the phone can potentially be used against you during settlement negotiations or a jury trial.
How Our Injury Attorneys Can Help
If you’re a victim of a garbage truck accident, you need to know that these accidents aren’t like typical car accident cases. A commercial entity is involved. Look for an attorney who understands how to handle this type of case.
Our Cape Coral garbage truck accident attorneys provide responsive legal care.
- We give you your lawyer’s phone number, return your calls, and provide frequent case updates so you are never left in the dark about your case.
- Our lawyers handle all communications with insurance companies and other lawyers, so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
- Our team builds your case by retrieving evidence like accident reports, eyewitness statements, photographs, and more. We may even work with expert witnesses.
- Your injury lawyer will negotiate a settlement and represent you at trial if needed.
Learn more about how we help injured people in Cape Coral and throughout Florida by reviewing our client testimonials.
What’s a Typical Settlement for a Garbage Truck Accident?
Because each case is different and has so many variables, there is no typical settlement. The settlement or judgment will depend on the variables of your case. Our lawyers will identify a fair value for your losses and fight for a settlement that covers your short- and long-term damages.
Recoverable Damages After a Garbage Truck Accident
It’s common in personal injury cases, such as when you have suffered physical injuries due to a truck accident, to seek damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Furthermore, you can seek compensation for the repair or replacement of your vehicle and any personal property in the vehicle that was damaged or lost due to the accident.
If you are unable to return to work or your earning potential is diminished, you can seek compensation that covers your reduced earning capacity.
Additionally, you can pursue compensation if you have scarring, disfigurement, or a permanent injury resulting from the accident.
How Much does It Cost to Hire a Lawyer?
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine works on contingency fees. This means we do not collect attorney fees upfront and we only get paid if you recover damages. Our fee is taken as a percentage of the settlement or judgment.
So, it does not cost anything upfront to secure our services if you were hurt in an accident and wish to pursue compensation for the medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses you experienced.
Liability for a Garbage Truck Accident
If a garbage truck driver caused your accident, the driver could be liable for your losses. But the driver’s employer could also bear responsibility for the accident. Other parties may be liable in some cases too, depending on the cause of the accident and other circumstances.
Some of the parties that may be liable include:
- Garbage truck driver
- Truck company
- Maintenance company
- Truck manufacturer
Let our team sort out liability so you can focus on recovering from your injuries and spending time with your family as you heal.
Causes of Garbage Truck Crashes
There are a variety of causes of garbage truck accidents.
Frequent Starts and Stops: Frequent starts and stops can cause rear-end collisions for unsuspecting drivers following behind a garbage truck.
Shoddy Inspection Schedules and Poor Maintenance: These trucks travel many miles every day, putting a lot of wear on the trucks. Accidents occur when the company isn’t diligent about inspecting and repairing the vehicles.
Negligence of Driver: A driver who fails to provide proper care when operating the garbage truck can endanger other drivers, coworkers, and pedestrians.
Disobeying the Speed Limit: Driving violations by any driver can cause harm to others. Since garbage trucks are big and heavy, they can do much more damage than smaller vehicles.
Distracted Driving: Talking or texting on a cell phone while behind the wheel of a vehicle is dangerous and can lead to catastrophic accidents.
Statute of Limitations for Garbage Truck Accidents
Florida has a four-year statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits, including those involving truck accidents. But there are exceptions to this time limit, which may extend or tighten the deadline you have to pursue your lawsuit.
If you were hurt in an accident involving a garbage truck, contact a lawyer for help as soon as possible. Our team will make sure you meet all the deadlines that apply to your case so you do not lose your right to recover damages for your losses.
Get a Free Consultation After a Garbage Truck Accident
At Anidjar & Levine, we fight for the compensation you deserve. Call our offices at 1-800-747-3733 to get a free, no-obligation consultation. We care about our clients, and we’ll fight to protect you.
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