If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a truck accident caused by a negligent truck driver, turn to a truck accident lawyer in Orlando, FL at The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine. We can help you build a strong case to pursue compensation for the financial and emotional losses you may have suffered after the traumatic event.
You may be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. To find out if you have a case, call us today at 1-800-747-3733 to schedule a free consultation.
Filing a Personal Injury Protection Claim
After an accident, you will likely first turn to your personal injury protection (PIP) policy to cover a portion of your medical bills and lost wages.
If damages from your truck accident exceed your PIP policy limits, we can help you determine if another party might be liable for your losses.
Filing a Liability Claim When PIP Does Not Cover All of Your Damages
Truck accidents can cause such serious physical injuries that your damages may quickly exceed your PIP policy limit. For instance, you may have had to undergo numerous surgeries, or you may have needed to attend months of physical therapy after the accident. You may be able to file a claim against the truck driver or trucking company to recover compensation for these and additional damages.
Florida, however, requires injury accident victims to meet certain criteria before stepping outside the no-fault system to file a liability claim.
If you require additional compensation, we can review the circumstances of your truck accident to determine whether your injuries meet the state’s serious injury threshold. If so, we can help you prove that you suffered a serious injury enabling you to file against the truck driver or trucking company.
Recovering the Compensation You Need Can Be Difficult
In a typical car accident case, you would file against the negligent driver to recover the compensation you need to cover injuries and other losses. However, in truck accident cases, your liable party is likely the trucking company, even if the driver was 100 percent responsible for your accident. This is due to vicarious liability laws, which hold an employer liable for an employee’s actions.
While this means you can likely recover a larger payout, it also means you must stand against a large trucking company, its insurance company, and its legal team.
We Secure Evidence to Strengthen Your Personal Injury Claim
To win compensation in your case, we must build a solid claim to prove the truck driver or its employer caused or contributed to the accident that caused you or your loved one to suffer serious injuries.
To do this, we must collect evidence that supports your claim. This may include obtaining:
- A police report of the accident
- Eyewitness statements
- Photographs of the accident scene
- Your medical records to show the nature and severity of your injuries
In some cases, the evidence above is enough to prove fault. However, in other cases, we might need to collect evidence such as:
- The truck driver’s hours of service logs
- The truck driver’s personnel file
- The driver’s alcohol and drug test results
- Any maintenance records
- Data from the truck’s onboard data recorder
- The truck itself
All of this evidence is in the hands of the trucking company. When you enlist our help, we will move quickly, sending a spoliation letter to ensure the preservation of any necessary evidence.
The Type of Damages You May Be Able to Recover
Truck accidents can cause catastrophic — and even fatal — injuries. Long-term injuries affecting the head, brain, back, and spinal cord may require ongoing medical care. This could lead to hefty settlement or jury verdict in your case. While we cannot determine exactly how much your case is worth without first investigating, the following are some common damages we have recovered for truck accident victims and their families:
Medical expenses include hospital bills, surgical costs, prescription drug costs, physical therapy, inpatient rehabilitation, and home health care.
These are the wages, bonuses, or commission that you lost because your injuries prevented you from working.
Lost Earning Capacity
If your accident required you to work less hours, take a lower-paying job, or retire from the workforce, we can recover compensation for the wages you should currently be earning.
Property damage involves damage to your vehicle, and any personal property inside your vehicle, such as your computer or phone.
These damages are non-monetary and include pain and suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement, and emotional distress.
Damages from a Wrongful Death Claim
If your loved one suffered fatal injuries in the truck accident, we can file a wrongful death claim to recover damages such as funeral and burial expenses, loss of benefits, and other damages you suffered because of your loved one’s death.
Contact Anidjar & Levine Today to Discuss Your Case with an Orlando Truck Accident Lawyer
Our personal injury team wants to help you recover the compensation you need to get your life back on track. We will investigate your accident to determine all liable parties and build a robust case to win the damages you deserve.
To see how we can help you recover financial losses from a truck accident, call us today: 1-800-747-3733.