Motor vehicle accidents can be terrifying, no matter the circumstances. But when the other vehicle is a fuel truck, which is not only much larger than a car but also contains a large amount of flammable material, the accident becomes that much more dangerous. A Miami fuel truck lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you fight for fair compensation for your injuries and other losses. Call us at 1-800-747-3733 for more information. You do not have to pay us unless and until you get your money.
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Truck Accidents Happen Every Day
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) keeps track of the number of accidents involving large trucks and buses. As of 2017, the number of large trucks involved in all kinds of crashes—meaning those that caused property damage, injuries, or death—was on the rise, with 450,000 large truck accidents reported to police that year.
The consequences of such accidents can be devastating, with nearly a quarter of all large truck accidents resulting in an injury in 2017. These injuries may occur during the initial impact, or after the truck or the vehicle it strikes overturns. Regardless, a large vehicle like a fuel truck has the potential to do a lot of damage to everything and everyone around it.
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What To Do After a Fuel Truck Accident
If you have been in a fuel truck accident, you absolutely have the right to seek compensation for medical expenses, the loss of a loved one, and more. But first, you need to know who is liable in your case.
Who You Can Sue
In truck accidents, the liable party may be one person or entity, or it can be more than one. Liable parties may include:
- The driver: if a driver is sleep deprived, distracted (e.g., eating or texting while driving), or does not slow down for adverse driving conditions (e.g., fog), they put themselves and everyone around them at risk.
- The manufacturer: sometimes auto manufacturers miss something or cut corners when producing or approving their products. This may lead to dangerous and defective auto parts.
- The trucking company: commercial trucking companies are required by law to maintain their vehicles and to keep records proving they have done so.
- The maintenance company: if the company paid to maintain commercial vehicles does not do their job properly, they may miss warning signs and allow unsafe vehicles out onto the road.
But how can you tell who the liable parties are in your case? You may wish to hire an attorney who can investigate your case, collect evidence, and make a determination about who you can sue for damages.
What You Can Sue For
Being in a truck accident often comes with a price. This may be a financial price, such as the cost of repairing your vehicle, or a physical and mental price, such as a permanent physical or psychological disability. You can ask for damages for all of these types of injuries.
Financial costs are referred to as economic damages. They may include:
- Repair expenses: such as having your car towed, repaired, or replaced
- Medical expenses: such as hospital visits, physical therapy or rehabilitation, and medication
- Funeral expenses: such as transportation, a casket, and a memorial service for the loved one you lost in the accident
- Other expenses: such as renovations to make your home disability accessible
Physical and psychological costs are referred to as noneconomic damages. They may include:
- Pain and suffering: such as physical pain or trauma related to your injuries or the accident itself
- Disability: such as temporarily or permanently needing to use a wheelchair or cane
- Disfigurement: such as having painful and unsightly scar tissue
- Loss of companionship: such as no longer being able to ask your deceased loved one for advice or support
How much you can receive in damages depends on the details of your accident and the severity of your injuries. You can only receive compensation if you have followed the required legal procedures. For instance, Florida Statute § 627.736 requires you to receive medical attention within 14 days of an accident to be eligible to recoup medical costs. If you wait until after two weeks have passed to get medical help, you may not receive compensation for those medical expenses.
To discuss damages and other matters related to your lawsuit, call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733. We can go over your case very closely and identify every type of compensation you may be entitled to. The last thing you—and we—want is to leave money that you deserve on the table.
What a Miami Fuel Truck Lawyer May Be Able To Do For You
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine is dedicated to providing our clients with responsive legal care. We do this by:
- Evaluating your case for free: all it takes is one short, obligation-free phone call, and we can tell you whether or not you have a case.
- Collecting evidence: your accident and its consequences were likely recorded in numerous places, like police reports, medical records, and surveillance video. We will look at all of this information and more to determine who the liable party or parties are in your case.
- Negotiating with the liable parties: you do not have to face the liable parties or their insurance companies alone. We can handle all communication with them. This includes negotiating to get a fair settlement for you.
- Preparing for and going to court: unfortunately, insurance companies do not always offer a fair settlement during negotiation. In such cases, we are more than willing to take the fight to court.
- Keeping in touch with you: we will keep you updated on the status and progress of your case. And if you have any questions or concerns between updates, do not hesitate to call us. We are here to make this process as easy and stress-free as possible.
If you have been in an accident with a fuel truck, a Miami fuel truck lawyer may be able to ease your mind by investigating your case, handling all negotiations, and even going to trial on your behalf. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733. You worry about getting better. We take care of everything else.