Any car accident can be a harrowing experience, but the damages that result from a tractor trailer accident can be devastating. Collisions between cars and tractor trailers weighing 20-30 times more claim the lives of many victims every year.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, large truck crashes killed 3,986 people in 2016. Of those deaths, 66 percent were occupants of passenger vehicles.
The southeast coast of Florida is home to a very active cargo port, which means there is a high volume of heavy trucks traveling in and out of the Fort Lauderdale area. That means there is a high chance a tractor trailer crash will occur.
If negligence caused you or a loved one to suffer serious injuries or death in such an accident, you have many choices about how to proceed. A tractor trailer accident lawyer in Fort Lauderdale, FL, can help.
The lawyers at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine offer free, confidential consultations to truck accident victims. Call us today at 1-800-747-3733 to get started.
We Can Review the Evidence in Your Case to Determine the Cause of Your Crash.
There is often an abundance of evidence available in these cases. This is because commercial trucking companies must preserve specific data about operations, in accordance with federal and state regulations. Our attorneys know to use this data to determine all possible causes of the accident.
We can interpret documents, logbooks, and data available from a truck’s electronic control module to conclude how the crash occurred. If the driver’s logbook shows he drove past his hours of service, for example, his drowsy driving may have caused the wreck.
The first step in any personal injury case is identifying the party that caused the accident to occur. If we can prove the at-fault party’s negligence, we can hold them liable for your damages.
Establishing Negligence in a Tractor Trailer Crash
The first party to look at is the truck driver, who may have been operating a vehicle he or she owns. The driver may have also been driving a truck owned by trucking company or carrier.
If the driver was working for a trucking company, vicarious liability will likely apply to your case. Under vicarious liability, employers are responsible for the actions employees take while they are working. That means if a truck driver behaves negligently and causes an accident, the trucking company is responsible for the resulting damages.
A trucking company could also be negligent if we uncover proof it hired a driver without adequate training to operate a large truck. If the company encouraged the driver to work past the hours of service or falsify logs, we can hold it responsible.
Sometimes another party involved in the movement of freight is responsible. If a supplier overloaded a truck and caused the driver to lose control, for example, that supplier could be the negligent party.
We Will Identify All the Negligent Parties in Your Case.
In addition to looking at the driver, the trucking company, and suppliers, we will determine if any other party played a role in your crash. For example, if a defect in the truck or one of its parts caused the accident, we may be able to hold the manufacturer responsible. If another motorist caused the wreck, we can seek damages from the driver’s auto insurance company.
No matter how many parties played a role in your crash, we will pursue fair compensation for your damages.
We Demand the Most Compensation Available to Our Clients.
Compensation varies by case and depends on several factors, including the severity of your injuries and the long-term impact they will have on your life.
Depending on your losses, you may qualify for a variety of damages, including:
- Compensation for past medical expenses;
- Compensation for future medical expenses;
- Past and future pain and suffering;
- Loss of consortium, which is a claim the spouse of an injured victim may assert;
- Emotional distress;
- Medical equipment and mobility accommodations;
- Property loss; and
- Lost earnings and loss of earning potential.
Our attorneys will collect evidence to prove your full range of damages. This includes any documentation of your related costs, including medical bills, receipts, repair estimates, and wage statements showing your missed income. We can work with experts and specialists for help understanding what impact your injuries will have in the future.
If You Lost a Loved One in a Tractor Trailer Crash, You May Qualify for Wrongful Death Damages.
If a loved one died in the crash, we can help you pursue a wrongful death claim.
Surviving family members can recover damages for the loss of support and services the deceased victim had provided to the family. The family may also be able to collect compensation for the loss of companionship and guidance that the decedent once provided.
Certain family members may also receive compensation for mental and emotional pain and suffering due to the loss of their family member. Spouses, minor children, and parents of a minor child can make this claim.
The deceased victim’s estate may also recover damages, including:
- Loss of earnings and accumulated wealth the decedent could reasonably have earned if they had lived;
- Final medical expenses; and
- Funeral, burial; or cremation expenses.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine for a Free Consultation.
Tractor trailer accident cases are not the type of case to leave in the hands of just any personal injury lawyer. The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can navigate the complexity of your case and help you pursue the damages you deserve.
We welcome the chance to learn about your case and answer your questions.
Call us at 1-800-747-3733 to schedule your free consultation today.