If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a truck accident in Panama City, and you believe the truck driver is at fault, you may have a case for compensation. A compassionate member of our team will inform you of your options during a free consultation.
Truck accidents, by their very nature, can easily lead to catastrophic damages, and you have the right to seek compensation and even sue for these damages. An attorney can help you quantify your losses and gather the evidence needed to do so.
How We Can Help
We can help you by:
- Identifying instances of negligence.
- Establishing fault and liability for your accident.
- Identifying at-fault parties and quantifying your damages
We discuss each of these points in more detail below.
We Can Prove Driver Negligence
We can help by filing for insurance compensation or suing for damages from a truck accident caused by driver negligence. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study found that most vehicle accidents are caused by different forms of driver error, and if you were severely injured in an accident, negligence can give you the grounds you need to sue.
Examples of negligence include:
- Distractions, such as texting and driving or interacting with other passengers while behind the wheel
- Drowsy or fatigued driving, which often affects long-distance truckers who may be incentivized to overwork to meet tight delivery deadlines
- Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, which can also affect truckers who may resort to substance abuse to stay awake
- Speeding and reckless or aggressive driving
- A lack of experience that can lead to the wrong on-road maneuvers in response to changing traffic patterns or driving conditions
- A lack of maintenance that can lead to abrupt and unexpected vehicle or parts breakdowns while a vehicle is in motion on the road
- Poor road maintenance, including road clutter, inadequate signage, and poor road markings that make it difficult to navigate the road
We Can Establish Fault and Liability
We can also help by establishing fault and liability for your accident.
This is an important part of handling your case because your personal injury protection (PIP) policy can be used to cover basic losses, but you may not have enough PIP cover to cover all of your accident-related losses.
Furthermore, your truck accident losses may be much higher than your policy limits. This is true for many people, even though their health insurance policy may cover some of their medical expenses. They may also carry an uninsured/underinsured motorist policy that can cover various losses caused by an uninsured, underinsured, or hit-and-run driver.
If you suffered catastrophic losses or damages in your accident, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Catastrophic losses and damages are typically defined as long-term, permanent, and/or life-changing injuries or losses.
These include the loss of a loved one, amputations, disfigurement, and serious bodily injuries. They also include injuries that affect your ability to walk independently or work.
We Can Identify At-Fault Parties and Quantify Damages
For truck accident lawsuits, you may be able to sue the truck driver, the truck owner, a trucking company, or a truck maintenance crew for damages suffered in a truck accident.
To do so, you must first gather evidence, such as maintenance logs, the driver’s cell phone usage data, the driver’s driving records, and his or her work logs to determine whether driver negligence, vehicle maintenance, distractions, or other relevant factors caused or contributed to your catastrophic injuries or losses.
You must also quantify your damages and understand which potentially multiple insurance policies apply to losses and damages of different types. This is important for avoiding costly delays and filing a claim against an incorrect policy that can harm your case.
Recovering Truck Accident Damages
The value of your case and what you may be able to recover in damages will depend on the extent of damage sustained in the accident in question. How much you may receive in compensation will also hinge on your ability to gather evidence, accurately quantify your losses, and argue your case with your insurer (or in court if the case goes to trial).
Serious truck accident injuries can take months or years to recover from, and certain injuries such as spinal cord or brain injuries may never completely heal. After an accident, you may be unable to work and may have to pay for or undergo costly medical treatments and therapy. You may be able to include all of these losses in your accident claim.
You can also include other accident-related injuries––as long as you can prove that the accident was directly or indirectly the cause of those injuries.
Common Injuries From Truck Accidents
Examples of truck accident injuries can include:
- Head, neck, back, brain, and spinal cord damage
- Nerve, muscle, tendon, and ligament damage
- Bone and organ injuries
- Facial injuries, including disfigurement
- Amputations or the loss of function of a body part
You could also pursue these losses following your truck accident:
- Lost income
- An inability to earn as much as you used to before the accident
- Incidental expenses, such as at-home care services
- Vehicle and property damage
- Mental and emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial costs
Our team has assisted hundreds of clients with motor vehicle and bodily injury cases. We pride ourselves on going above and beyond, and we provide compassionate and personalized services to every one of our clients.
With countless five-star reviews, you can expect kind, professional, understanding, and diligent legal services from our team.
Contact Us Today
We are here to help. Connect with our truck accident lawyer in Panama City with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today for legal assistance with your case.
We can help you gather evidence, understand your rights, and navigate the complexities of personal injury law. Do not hesitate to reach out to us today, as Florida Statutes §95.11(3)(a) limits how long you have to act.
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