If a negligent truck driver or trucking company caused your Florida truck crash, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other accident-related losses. A truck accident lawyer in Florida at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Our law firm offers legal services for victims who have suffered physically, financially, or emotionally due to a truck accident. To schedule an initial consultation, contact our office today at 1-800-747-3733.
How Hiring a Florida Truck Accident Attorney Can Help Your Case
Understanding of Complex Laws
Filing a truck accident injury claim can be complicated. Several different laws apply in a truck crash that do not apply in a typical accident. An injury lawyer with experience handling truck accident claims with have an in-depth understanding of the specific laws, such as hours of service and vicarious liability laws, can affect your claim.
Before you can file an accident claim, you must determine your liable party. This can be the most difficult part of your case. This is especially true because of vicarious liability. These laws hold that an employer is liable for its employees’ actions, so long as the employees take those actions in the scope of their employment.
This means that, if the crash occurs while the driver is operating his vehicle for work purposes, the trucking company is likely your liable party.
Truck accidents require much of the typical evidence you would need in a regular car accident, such as:
- Medical records/medical bills
- Eyewitness testimony
- Surveillance video
- Accident report
However, trucking accidents also have a wealth of evidence that differs. This might include:
- The driver’s hours of service logs (can help prove the driver was fatigued at the time of collision)
- Data from the electronic data recorder
- Alcohol and drug test results
- The driver’s personnel file
- The truck itself
Much of this evidence is in the hands of the trucking company. When you work with an Anidjar & Levine injury attorney, we will jump in immediately to protect and obtain the evidence we need.
Discuss Your Case with Expert Witnesses
Your case might need testimony from several different experts, such as a medical expert or an accident reconstruction expert.
Truck accidents often cause catastrophic injuries. A medical expert can help establish how your injuries will continue to affect you over the rest of your life.
An accident reconstruction expert can prove how the crash occurred if the insurer is disputing liability.
Communicating with the Insurer
Recovering compensation after a truck accident usually requires dealing with an insurer. Most insurers will do what they can to avoid paying out the compensation you need for your injury. In many cases, this means tricking an injured victim into admitting fault or accepting a low settlement.
Our team will protect you from these tactics, handling the communication with the insurance company from the minute we accept your case.
Negotiating with Insurers
Many injured parties accept a very low settlement because they do not know they can negotiate — or are afraid to negotiate — with the insurers. We will handle all negotiations, not backing down until the insurer gives you what you deserve.
If the insurer fails to offer you a fair settlement, we can take your case to court.
To find out more, call us today: 1-800-747-3733.
Potential Liable Parties in a Florida Truck Accident
The first liable party most people consider is the driver. However, as we stated above, the trucking company will likely be your liable party if the driver behaved negligently.
There are other potential parties of which you should be aware:
- The trucking company: In addition to being vicariously liable, a trucking company can also be directly liable. For example, if a trucking company hired a driver it knew had a history of driving under the influence, it can be liable if that driver drove drunk and caused an accident.
- Maintenance company: If your accident resulted from faulty maintenance, you may be able to hold the maintenance company liable.
- Manufacturer: If a defect part caused the accident, you can hold the manufacturer liable.
- Another driver: If another driver contributed to the accident, that driver can be partially liable for your injuries.
Available Damages in a Florida Truck Wreck Case
After a truck wreck, you might be entitled to any of the following:
- Medical Expenses: Emergency room and recovery expenses. This could also include extended or in-home care and prescriptions.
- Lost Wages: You may be able to recover lost wages for the period that you were out of work.
- Lost Earning Capacity: If your injuries caused you to work less, take a lower-paying position, or retire, you can recover the wages you should be earning.
- Miscellaneous: If you must make renovations to your home to accommodate your injuries, you may be able to recover these additional expenses.
- Property Damage: If the insurance company does not cover your auto repair expenses, the other party may have to cover the additional expenses.
- Pain and Suffering: Truck accidents cause devastating injuries. You can recover compensation for your pain and suffering.
A lawyer can go over your options with you to determine how you may best proceed to recover your financial loss.
Do Not Delay, Discuss Your Case with a Truck Accident Attorney in Florida Today
Florida law only gives you four years to file suit for a truck accident case. Do not risk missing that deadline.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a truck accident, the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you fight for a settlement.
Get a free, no-obligation consultation from an accident attorney in Florida who can answer your questions: 1-800-747-3733.