A collision with a heavy-duty truck is a devastating life event. If a victim escapes alive, it is usually not without injuries that can diminish their quality of life.
If you have suffered personal injuries from a truck accident, are grieving a tragic loss of life, or are dealing with diminished quality of life, stress has likely taken its toll on you. The accident may have even divided your life into two segments: the life you had before the crash and the life you have had since.
If your losses are because of negligent operation of a truck, semi-tractor, trailer, or other commercial vehicle, you may be able to pursue compensation. At the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, we can help you understand your options and your rights.
We offer guidance, support, and direction to truck accident victims. We will work tirelessly on your behalf to pursue compensation for your losses. Initial consultations are always free at the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine. Call 800-747-3733 to schedule a meeting with a truck accident lawyer in North Miami.
How Can I Pursue Compensation After a Truck Accident?
Florida’s automobile insurance laws require drivers to carry personal injury protection (PIP) insurance coverage. After a car accident, each driver seeks compensation under the limits of their policy. By law, PIP policies must offer $10,000 in coverage for accident-related injuries. After a truck crash, however, this amount does not go very far.
To receive full and fair compensation for damages, truck crash victims must pursue additional compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance policy. To do this, we must offer proof that you suffered serious injuries because of the wreck. If you suffered permanent injuries, loss of a bodily function, scarring, or disfigurement, we can make a strong case that you deserve additional compensation.
What Losses Can I Recover?
To recover compensation, we need to begin documenting and compiling your losses right away. We use our expert knowledge to collect whatever relevant records you have and locate any other documentation we need. If necessary, we will consult with medical and occupational specialists to estimate the costs you may face in the future because of your crash.
A settlement or jury award may consist of the following damages:
- Bills for surgery, hospitalization, emergency transportation, or travel;
- Expenses for facility-based or home health care services;
- Medical equipment or accessories;
- Future medical care needs;
- Emotional distress;
- Pain and suffering;
- Lost wages or self-employment income;
- Loss of future earning potential; and
- Final expenses, funeral and burial expenses, and survivor benefits.
To discuss the compensation relevant to your truck accident case, call the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine for a free consultation today. You will have an opportunity to ask questions, find answers, and leave knowing that you do not have to shoulder your burdens alone.
Who Can I Hold Responsible for My Crash?
Sometimes the cause of an accident is clear-cut. This is not usually the case, however. Many factors go into determining the cause of an accident. In the case of truck crashes, there are often multiple parties at fault for the wreck.
As part of our investigation, we will determine the cause of your wreck. We can use the police report from your crash, photos or video footage of the accident, and testimony from accident reconstruction experts to understand what happened.
To hold another party responsible, we will have to show that they acted with negligence. This means that they owed you a duty of care, breached that duty, the breach proximately caused your damages, and we can prove those damages with specificity.
In a truck accident, the owner of the truck might be different from the operator of the truck—and both could be separately liable. There could also be a cargo owner, broker, or freight shipper involved. If a truck driver behaved recklessly behind the wheel and caused your crash, we can hold the driver and their employer responsible.
Also at fault could be a manufacturer or supplier of faulty parts. Defective or poorly adjusted brakes, for example, can cause a truck accident. Failure to maintain a truck in accordance with federal standards can constitute negligence.
Knowing what evidence to request is critical to a truck accident claim or lawsuit. Federal laws require trucking companies to maintain specific records and logs that enable investigation of the accident, but only for a specific amount of time. If you wait too long to pursue compensation, the trucking company may destroy the records relating to your accident.
How Long Does it Take to Get Paid Following a Truck Accident?
This can depend on a variety of factors, such as the prognosis of your injuries, the insurance company’s posture, and the time and resources required to work up the case fully.
Florida law allows a victim four years to file a personal injury lawsuit. It is never a good idea to wait that long to start working on your case, however. Memories fade, records disappear, and witnesses vanish.
Regardless of the duration of medical treatment you anticipate, speak to one of our truck accident lawyers as soon as possible following the accident.
Because medical providers will want to receive payment from you according to their usual payment terms, a letter of protection could help with any uninsured or out-of-pocket expenses you incur from a medical provider. If a health care provider accepts such a letter, it means that the providers would continue to treat you in exchange for a lawyer’s promise to forward payment to them upon receiving the proceeds from a settlement or judgment.
A letter of protection can help keep creditors at bay during this difficult time. It can also help you protect your credit score while your claim or lawsuit is pending.
Call the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine Today for Help With Your Claim.
At the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, we work as quickly as we can to bring you the relief that you need during the resolution of your case. We will stay the course with you as long as it takes to get a full and fair settlement or judgment.
To get an estimate of the timeframe for your case, call us at 800-747-3733.