Motor vehicle accidents can be terrifying, no matter the circumstances. 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. If you were in a Miami accident, a fuel truck lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you fight for fair compensation for your injuries and other losses.
Our Miami truck accident lawyer has experience fighting for the rights of our clients. We can work to hold the liable party accountable and seek the compensation you deserve. During a free consultation, we can explain more about how the legal process works after a commercial truck crash.
What a Miami Fuel Truck Lawyer May Be Able to Do For You
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine provide 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 what we can do for your 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: Insurance companies do not always offer a fair settlement during negotiations. We are more than willing to take the fight to court in such cases.
- Keeping in touch with you: We will keep you updated on the status and progress of your case. If you have any questions or concerns between updates, please 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 truck lawyer may be able to ease your mind by investigating your case, handling all negotiations, and even going to trial on your behalf. You worry about getting better. We take care of everything else.
What To Do After a Fuel Truck Accident in Miami
If you have been in a fuel truck accident, you 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 Following Your Truck Collision
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 keep records proving they have done so.
- The maintenance company: If the company paid to maintain commercial vehicles does not do its job properly, it may miss warning signs and allow unsafe vehicles out onto the road.
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 determine who you can sue for damages.
Damages You Can Seek After a Miami Truck Crash
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 non-economic 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.
Statute of Limitations for Miami Truck Accident Cases
You can only receive compensation if you have followed the required legal procedures. For instance, Florida Statutes § 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.
There are other timelines you should be aware of. Florida Statutes § 95.11 states that accident victims generally have two years to submit a Miami personal injury lawsuit. Missing this deadline could bar you from recovering compensation. Getting an early start on your case also means we have time to speak to witnesses and collect time-sensitive evidence before the recollection of the accident begins to fade.
You can work with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine to discuss damages and other matters related to your lawsuit. 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 the money that you deserve on the table.
Miami Truck Accidents Are Common
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) keeps track of the number of accidents involving large trucks and buses. As of 2020, 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 415,000 large truck accidents reported to police that year.
The consequences of such accidents can be devastating, with over 100,000 of all large truck accidents resulting in injury in 2020. 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.
Our team has seen victims suffer injuries in the following types of truck accidents:
- Underride accidents
- Jackknife accidents
- Blind spot accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- Accidents caused by defective truck parts
- Accidents caused by improperly loaded truck cargo
No matter how your semi-truck accident was caused, our team can work to ease your financial burdens. We will fight for the compensation you and your family need.
Contact Us to Work With Our Miami Fuel Truck Accident Attorney
After a truck accident, you do not need to handle the legal process alone. Our experienced law firm knows how to handle these cases, and we can work to hold the responsible parties accountable for your accident.
We offer free consultations, during which we can answer any questions you have. Get started with us by calling our team today.
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