Tractor-trailer accidents often lead to severe injuries. Due to a truck’s enormous size and weight, a collision tends to cause extensive damage to the other vehicle. The occupants absorb that impact, often resulting in head and spinal injuries, broken bones, and even death. The recovery process can be long, painful, and costly.
At the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, we help truck accident victims receive compensation for their injuries. We identify all responsible parties and gather evidence proving their liability. Then, we go after them for the full cost of your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and, if applicable, wrongful death.
Our attorneys understand the laws surrounding truck accident liability. We can put our knowledge and experience to work for you. We do not collect a fee until you get paid. Call 800-747-3733 today for a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer in Hollywood.
Who might be liable for my truck accident?
We examine the details of your accident to identify all responsible parties. It is not uncommon that multiple parties bear responsibility for a truck accident. In such a situation, we would pursue all at-fault parties for damages. Even if you are partially liable for the crash, Florida law allows us to pursue damages from anyone else who shares in the blame, including the parties below.
The Truck Driver
All licensed drivers in Florida, including those who drive commercially, owe a duty of care to others while behind the wheel. We can piece together the details of your crash to determine if the truck driver was doing any of the following:
- Drinking and driving;
- Driving while distracted, including texting while driving;
- Speeding or reckless driving;
- Disregarding traffic control devices; or
- Following too closely.
If the driver was doing any of the above or engaged in other unsafe driving behaviors, we can argue that they breached their duty of care and bear liability for the crash.
The Trucking Company
Most truck drivers work for trucking companies or other large corporations. Under the rule of vicarious liability law, employers may be liable for damages their employees cause while driving on company time.
Seeking damages from a trucking company requires different tactics than going after an individual. The benefits can be substantial—big companies usually have more financial resources than individual truck drivers. However, because of these resources, trucking companies can afford high-quality legal representation. That is why you need our most skilled personal injury lawyers to go against them.
Defects within a vehicle or one of its parts often contribute to crashes. We investigate to determine if either your vehicle or the tractor-trailer had any defective parts that might have played a role in the crash, such as faulty tires or brakes. If so, we can pursue the manufacturer of those parts for compensation.
Our lawyers will deal directly with the trucking company’s insurer to get compensation.
Under state law, truck drivers and their employers must carry liability insurance with extra coverage. This means we probably have to face off against an insurance company in order to receive the highest compensation for your accident claim.
This process can be difficult. Insurance companies have entire teams of highly paid attorneys on staff working exclusively to protect their interests. However, our lawyers know how to stand up against them. We will fight to protect your rights and will work to negotiate a fair settlement amount to pay for your injuries.
How do we prove that another party is liable for my damages?
The most important part of our job is collecting evidence that the at-fault party—or parties—was negligent in the accident and that the accident resulted in your injuries. We will turn to a variety of evident to prove your claim for compensation.
We work to identify witnesses who might have seen, heard, or been in the area when the crash happened. We interview them to gather evidence of the other party’s liability.
Expert Witness Testimony
We speak to expert witnesses about the details of your accident to gain insight on any details, small or large, that might help our case.
Truck drivers and trucking companies follow laws that mandate the number of hours they can drive, when they must take rest periods, how often they must service their trucks, and so forth. Truckers must log this information thoroughly to remain in compliance with the law. We examine the driver’s log book for evidence that they failed to meet one or more of their responsibilities.
If police cited the truck driver for a traffic violation in the crash or the police report otherwise implicates them, it provides strong evidence of liability that we can use in our case.
The use of medical records is important to link the crash to your injuries, which is a vital step in winning damages.
What types of damages can I recover?
Depending on the severity of your injuries, you could face several types of expenses as you recover. We identify every expense that is even tangentially related to your accident and we pursue the responsible party for these costs. We can seek damages to pay for:
- Medical bills;
- Physical therapy;
- Lost wages, including the loss of potential future earnings;
- Vehicle repair or replacement;
- Disability accommodations, such as the cost of adding a wheelchair ramp to your home;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Wrongful death.
How do I find a truck accident lawyer in Hollywood?
Having the right lawyer can make the difference in winning or losing a truck accident case. Trucking companies and insurance companies have skilled representation and you deserve no less for yourself.
The attorneys at the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine know how to fight for the rights of truck accident victims. We can put our knowledge and experience to work for you. We do not get paid until you win compensation. Call our office today at 800-747-3733 for a free consultation.