An important transportation hub with many ports and major highways, Florida is a hotbed of trucking activity—and the accidents that can result. Accidents involving tractor-trailers can cause catastrophic injuries, long-term disability, and even death. If you were injured in an automobile accident involving a tractor-trailer in Florida, we can help you understand your options and take legal action.
Our first step is a comprehensive investigation to determine who is at fault for the accident, how much compensation may be available, and which course of action is best for you. Call 1-800-747-3733 now for a free consultation with a tractor-trailer accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine .
When Should You Call a Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer?
Accident investigations involving tractor-trailers are complex. Commercial trucking companies have a duty to protect the public and are responsible not only for vehicle safety and driver training but also for preserving specific data pertaining to operations.
It is critical that you contact a tractor-trailer lawyer in Florida as soon as you are able. Your attorney will help secure the accident scene and preserve evidence that could prove integral to your case, including:
- Police reports and eyewitness statements.
- An accident survey conducted by a tractor-trailer accident specialist.
- Itemized property damages, typically to your vehicle.
- Medical records and test results.
- Expert medical testimony about your ongoing and future needs.
- Proof of your losses and out-of-pocket expenses.
Much of the evidence needed to establish negligence lies in the hands of the trucking company or owner/operator, including:
- The driver’s electronic or paper rest logs.
- Truck maintenance logs.
- Onboard computer data from the tractor-trailer.
- Tractor-trailer damage documentation.
- Personnel records.
- Mandatory post-accident drug and alcohol test results.
We act quickly to preserve this important evidence, notifying the parties responsible for its safekeeping of their obligation to disclose it to us as your attorney.
Our team understands the importance of the various types of evidence and data relevant to tractor-trailer accident cases. We know how to use it to prove fault and take steps to protect its integrity from the moment we are on the case. Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine 1-800-747-3733 today to get started.
How Your Tractor-Trailer Lawyer in Florida Establishes Negligence
Proving negligence is a key requirement in every Florida tractor-trailer accident case. We identify all at-fault parties and build the strongest case possible to prove their negligence, to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
In our investigation, we look at each party in turn and determine what role they had in causing your injuries.
The Truck Driver
The truck driver may be an owner/operator driving their own vehicle, or an employee or contractor driving a tractor-trailer provided by a company. When the truck driver in your accident has falsified rest records, driven under the influence, or otherwise behaved negligently, we gather the evidence to prove it.
The Trucking Company
In Florida, trucking companies are responsible for the actions of on-duty employees. That means that if a truck driver acted with negligence and caused your accident, the company that employs him or her is responsible for the resulting damages. Trucking companies are also responsible for ensuring that their drivers are trained properly, that log records are kept properly, and that trucks are maintained to a safe standard at all times.
Other Negligent Parties
In the course of our investigation, we examine the role any third party may have had in causing the accident. Overloading a truck, for example, is a negligent act on the part of the supplier. If the truck experienced mechanical failure due to a defective part, the manufacturer of that part may be partially liable.
You can see how quickly how tractor-trailer accident investigations become complicated. There may be more than one party responsible for your damages and injuries, and we intend to make sure each one is held responsible.
Your personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine takes responsibility for the collection, protection, and analysis of the massive amount of paperwork generated in a tractor-trailer accident investigation. You have the support of an entire team of legal professionals; our network of investigators, accident scene specialists, and medical and safety experts are on your side.
We provide a free case consultation so you can have a tractor-trailer accident lawyer in Florida determine whether your case warrants a claim, free of charge. Call 1-800-747-3733 to schedule yours now.
How Much Compensation Is Available in Florida Tractor-Trailer Accident Claims?
We demand the maximum compensation available to aid in your recovery. Collecting all documentation relevant to the extent of your injuries, property damage, pain and suffering, and ongoing treatment is an important part of our investigation.
Corporate liability policies for trucking companies usually have claim limits much higher than those for regular-size cars and trucks due to the serious damages tractor-trailers can cause. When the trucking company involved has corporate liability insurance, your attorney from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will attempt to negotiate a fair settlement with insurers.
When it is not possible to reach a fair and equitable settlement with insurers, we are prepared to fight for your legal rights in a Florida court. Florida’s statute of limitations only gives you four years to file a case, so contact the firm now to get the assistance you need.
What Types of Compensation Can I Pursue?
The types of compensation available to you after a tractor-trailer accident depend entirely on the extent and severity of your injuries.
Depending on your losses, you may receive compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Lost wages and reduced earning potential in future
- Emotional distress
- Medication, medical equipment, and mobility aids
- Damage to or loss of property
If you have lost a loved one in a Florida tractor-trailer accident, we can pursue compensation for surviving family members in a wrongful death suit. This can help provide money to pay for funeral and cremation or burial expenses, loss of consortium (damages caused to a spouse or family member), loss of the financial support of a spouse, and more.