Maximize Compensation For Your Truck Accident Or Commercial Vehicle Injuries
Semi trucks, 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles significantly outweigh passenger vehicles. When truck drivers and commercial drivers are fatigued, distracted or otherwise negligent while driving, the potential for a devastating wreck increases dramatically. This is one reason tractor-trailers and other large trucks are regulated by the federal government and the state of Florida.
Trucking companies, other commercial enterprises and their insurance companies can be held financially accountable for the injuries that you or a loved one suffered in a truck accident. But to secure your rightful compensation, you will need powerful legal representation to counter the defense’s formidable resources and tactics.
Serious Injuries From A Collision With A Truck?
Call the proven trial attorneys of Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli and Pratt P.A. Our personal injury practice handles truck accidents in the Miami metro area, statewide and nationwide.
Strong And Sophisticated Advocacy
Due to the weight differential, truck accident injuries tend to be severe or catastrophic and extremely costly for victims and their families. Our firm is committed to maximizing compensation for clients’ past, present and future damages, including:
- Hospitalization, surgery and ongoing medical care
- Lost wages and reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Long-term care
- Wrongful death benefits, including funeral costs, medical bills, loss of income and loss of consortium
We know how to investigate to establish liability for traffic law or trucking regulation violations, negligent hiring and training and neglected maintenance or improper freight loading. We act swiftly to obtain black box data, driver logbooks and all relevant evidence of negligence or disregard for public safety. Our litigators prepare from the outset for the possibility of going to trial, knowing that our clients’ long-term well-being may depend on our courtroom abilities.
Who is held liable for a trucking accident, the driver or the company?
In most cases wherein the truck/truck driver caused the crash, there are likely to be three liable parties. You can name the truck driver, the driver’s employer and the employer’s insurance company as defendants.
The driver can be held liable for anything they did or failed to do that led to the crash. The employer can be held liable for negligence in hiring, training and monitoring the driver (and, perhaps, for failing to address vehicle maintenance/safety issues as well). The insurance company will be a defendant simply because the employer is a policyholder.
A truck driver was tailgating me and we got into an accident. Who should be held liable?
In Florida, tailgating is a traffic offense, and the truck driver could be ticketed if pulled over. In most cases of tailgating that result in rear-end collisions, the rear driver is presumed to be at fault. Additionally, truck drivers know or should know that their large and heavy vehicles take a lot of time and distance to slow down. As such, they should never be tailgating someone.
While there could be mitigating circumstances in an individual case, the truck driver would likely be considered at fault in the scenario above.
I was injured in a tractor-trailer accident on I-75. How can I get compensated for my injuries?
While you could file a standard insurance claim, chances are good that it will not adequately cover the costs of your injuries. Trucking accidents are often highly injurious, if not fatal (for obvious reasons). Therefore, the financial costs are likely to be very high.
Insurers that offer policies to trucking companies are often very aggressive about defending accident claims because losing or settling would cost them a lot of money. Therefore, you’ll almost certainly need to file a personal injury lawsuit (in order to get adequate compensation), and you should hire an attorney who has a track record of success in fighting against insurance companies.
We Welcome Challenging Cases
Our team is renowned for securing some of the highest-compensation verdicts in Florida, and we are recognized internationally for our abilities at the negotiating table, in the courtroom and when lobbying in the Florida Legislature for victims’ rights.
We take on some of the most talented legal defense teams in the nation, and our record-setting successes speak for themselves. We are capable of making substantial investments in technology, research and expert witness collaboration, if necessary, to maximize the compensation you receive for injuries and losses.
Do not accept an initial offer from an insurance company. Trucking and commercial vehicle accident cases require in-depth research and preparation to establish the full and fair value of claims. The insurance company is only trying to get out easy; we will not let it. We are on your side, and we will be your staunch advocates.
Speak With A Truck Accident Lawyer Now
We maintain offices in Coral Gables and throughout Florida for your convenience, and we often counsel on complex personal injury cases throughout the country.