If you or a loved one were in a truck accident and believe the driver or another party is at fault, you could have a case against them. Your Hialeah truck accident lawyer can conduct an investigation into the accident. They can find out what went wrong and who is responsible. From there, we can seek compensation from the liable party.
There are several possible negligent parties in a truck accident. We want to spare you the headache and energy of figuring out who to pursue for damages. Our team will gather evidence, file your claim, and more. We’ll take care of everything for you while you focus on getting better. We take cases on a contingency-fee basis, so you don’t owe us anything up front or out of pocket.
We Fight for Victims of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents often cause devastating injuries, especially when a big rig hits a passenger vehicle. The occupants of these smaller vehicles are more likely to suffer fatal or life-altering injuries than those involved in accidents with smaller cars.
If a truck driver caused your accident, you may be eligible for compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, ongoing care costs, and other damages. We know what it takes to recover fair compensation in a truck crash. Your lawyer can help you get the payout you need to recover.
Who is Liable After a Trucker Causes a Collision in Hialeah?
In a normal motor vehicle crash, the at-fault driver is usually liable for your serious injuries. However, there is a major difference in a typical car crash claim and a truck accident case. This difference is because of the legal doctrine of vicarious liability.
Under vicarious liability laws, an employer is responsible for any negligent actions of their employees while the employees are working. This means the trucking company may be liable for any careless mistake a big rig driver makes behind the wheel.
We Can Represent You Against Powerful Lawyers
Florida statutes require commercial motor vehicles to carry larger insurance policies than an individual driver. This could affect your compensation. However, it also means you will need to take on a business that likely has a team of lawyers on their side.
This is where we come in. We understand the complexities of these cases and can protect your rights as we fight for fair compensation.
How We Prove the Trucker Acted Negligently
To hold the trucking company liable, we need to show the trucker acted in a negligent manner. This is more difficult than in a typical car accident case because much of the evidence belongs to the trucking company.
One of our truck accident lawyers can gain access to:
- Truck logs
- Electronic data
- Truck maintenance records
- The driver’s employment records
- The results from mandatory post-crash drug and alcohol testing
When we work together on your claim, one of the first things we do is send a spoliation letter to the owner and operator of the truck. This is usually a trucking company or major corporation. This document requests that they gather and preserve all available evidence. If they fail to do so, they may face serious consequences in court.
We May Hire Experts to Strengthen Your Case
In addition to the evidence from the trucking company, we also collect a wide range of other documentation to show the driver caused the accident and your injuries. We may call in experts to help us reconstruct the accident and find out how the crash occurred. This can be vital in showing the trucker acted negligently.
How Much Your Truck Crash Claim is Worth
There is no way to determine how much your truck accident claim might be worth without letting us investigate your case and put a value on all your losses. In general, big rig crashes have higher payouts than many typical car accident claims. This is because of the more serious nature of the injuries.
Once we complete our review of your case and collect the evidence to prove your damages, we can estimate the value of your claim and give you a good idea of how much we will ask for from the trucking company. When considering their accident-related losses, many people overlook damages that could boost their payout. They include medical bills, current lost wages, and some out-of-pocket expenses.
However, they tend to underestimate future care costs, losses related to being unable to return to work, and other accident-related expenses they will face. Permanent injuries and disabilities are common after truck accidents. So, it pays to consider any and all ongoing care costs, as well as other future health needs.
Calculating Your Damages
We have experts who can help us estimate your future care costs and put a value on your claim. Imagine, for example, that you suffered a spinal cord injury in a truck crash and now require a wheelchair to help with mobility.
While calculating your damages, these experts will include the price of replacing your chair every three to five years. This is a cost you might have to pay out of pocket if you overlook the expense.
When we put a value on your claim, other things we consider include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Ongoing therapies
- A wheelchair-accessible vehicle
- Home modifications to accommodate a disability
- Current and future lost wages
- Ongoing care costs, such as in-home nursing care
- Assistive and adaptive equipment such as a hospital bed, wheelchairs, or walkers
- Pain and suffering damages
We Will Pursue the Financial Award You are Entitled to
Only once we calculate the value of your claim can we begin the fight for the recompense you deserve. We do this by filing a liability claim based on the trucking company’s insurance policy.
We will go after the money available based on the facts of your case. Your lawyer will fight for fair damages that cover as many of your losses as possible.
How an Attorney Helps Your Case
You do not want to face a trucking company and their legal team on your own. We can represent you throughout the claims process. Your lawyer will advocate for the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Without the experience and resources of our lawyers on your side, you may not get the full payout you need to pay for your losses. We can handle all aspects of your claim, from collecting evidence to negotiating a settlement that meets your needs.
Occasionally, trucking companies refuse to negotiate or offer a fair settlement in a big rig crash claim. When this occurs, we continue to fight for our clients, often filing a lawsuit against the corporation and their insurance company.
Deadlines to Know When Filing a Lawsuit
If you wish to file a personal injury lawsuit, know that you are generally limited to four years from the date of your accident to do so. This information is found in Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a). One of our lawyers can ensure your lawsuit is filed on time. We do not want you to risk missing out on compensation you are entitled to.
Our Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help You Win Compensation for Your Claim
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we offer free consultations with our caring representatives. Call now at 1-800-747-3733. We can evaluate your case and explain your options for getting the compensation you deserve.
Your accident may have happened on I-95 or in another area of Hialeah. We want to learn the details and get to work. Our team goes the extra mile and wants to help you get back on your feet.