While many truck drivers can walk away from accidents completely unscathed, passenger vehicle occupants may be killed or seriously injured when hit by a big rig.
If you or a loved one was injured in a big rig truck accident in Jacksonville, a truck accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help. Our team offers a free consultation to discuss the circumstances of your collision and how we can help you.
What Our Lawyers Can Do for You After a Jacksonville Truck Accident
Because big rig truck accidents can cause debilitating injuries, you might not be in a place to deal with all the legalities of your case. That’s what our Jacksonville big rig truck accident lawyers are here for. While you focus on getting better, we will take care of everything else, which includes:
- Gathering photos and video footage of the scene
- Obtaining a copy of the police report
- Talking to witnesses
- Reviewing medical records, insurance policies, and truck black box information
- Interacting with and handling settlement negotiations
- Following all state deadlines
- Filing a lawsuit and getting your case ready for court, if necessary
Also, the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will help book your appointments and recommend people who can fix your car. You don’t have to worry about being out of the loop with us on your side, as we frequently update you on your case and answer your questions. To make it easier, we will even give you your lawyer’s personal phone number.
If you decide to retain our services, you do not pay us our attorney’s fees unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf.
The Damages You Can Recover After a Jacksonville Big Rig Collision
Because every truck accident case ranges in severity, there is no average financial award you can recover. However, common factors that influence this outcome are the extent of your injuries, how long you are expected to recover from them, insurance policy limits, and how the accident has affected you financially and non-financially.
In terms of the last category, you can recover the costs of:
- Medical bills (past and upcoming)
- Vehicle damage
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Lost quality of life
In the worst-case scenarios, people can lose their lives. If your loved one passed away in the truck accident, you can recover damages for their final bills, burial and funeral arrangements, lost income, and your loss of consortium and financial support.
If you’re having a hard time pricing each of these damages, don’t fret. Your personal injury lawyer can assess each one so that you can receive fair compensation.
Our Jacksonville Team Goes the Extra Mile for Big Rig Truck Accident Victims
We are available to you 24/7, so you know that we are working to make this transition to this new chapter for your life as smooth as possible. Further, our former clients have been so kind to write reviews about how they felt about their time with us.
- “The Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine went above and beyond all expectations in providing me with top notch service and follow through in successfully settling my case for me, and negotiating my medical bills. Their entire staff were very hands on in providing me with updates. I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of their services!” – Adam S.
- “What unbelievable professionalism. If you have to hire an attorney to represent you during a difficult time, there is no other choice than Anidjar and Levine. Everyone I dealt with was great. Special thanks to Jonathan Holtz.” – Charles L.
These testimonials are just two of many. You can read more on our website if you’re interested.
Liability in a Big Rig Accident
Big rig accident claims are often much more complicated than collisions involving passenger vehicles because sometimes, multiple parties may be at fault.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, there may be one or more parties legally responsible for your injuries, including:
The Trucking Company
Trucking companies are tasked with properly vetting drivers before hiring them. They are also responsible for conducting pre-employment drug and alcohol tests, as well as random screenings. If the trucking company in your collision hired an inexperienced or reckless driver, it could be held liable for the actions of its employee.
The Truck Driver
Truck drivers are expected to safely operate big rigs and comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) rules. If they violate these regulations and cause an accident, the truck driver may be held accountable for the resulting damages.
However, since employers are responsible for their employees, the trucking company might be the one to compensate you. How they discipline the at-fault driver is up to them.
The Truck’s Owner
In some situations, the owner of a truck may lease the vehicle to a trucking company. If the truck is defective or improperly maintained, the truck’s owner may be responsible for the accident.
The Cargo Loading Company
This party is responsible for making sure that cargo does not fall off the back of the truck, shift during transit, or otherwise impede safe driving practices. If the accident was caused by improperly loaded cargo, the company that loaded the truck may be to blame.
It can be difficult to determine the underlying causes that contributed to your accident.
A lawyer on our team can investigate your claim and identify all potentially liable parties in a Jacksonville big rig truck accident.
Bringing Legal Action Against the Liable Party
You don’t have much time to pursue compensation following a truck accident in Jacksonville. How long you have depends on the type of case. For example:
- Personal injury: Under Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a), there is a general four-year time limit.
- Wrongful death: Under Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(d), there is a general two-year time limit.
Of course, there are exceptions, but they are not very common. Your lawyer can help you figure out which deadline applies to you. Tell us about your case quickly, as failure to file on time could bar you from taking any legal action against the liable party, which makes you financially responsible for your damages.
Learn About Your Legal Options Today
If you or a loved one was injured in a big rig truck accident in Duval County, a lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help. We can discuss your claim during a free consultation.
Our lawyers will strive to provide responsive legal care while you focus on healing from your injuries. Call us today at (904) 600-4000 to begin the financial recovery process.