Commercial trucks are now essential to many different arenas of our way of life. They assist us when we are moving from one place to another; they carry fresh meat and produce from ranches and farms to the marketplace, and they make overland transport of goods more affordable for manufacturers and therefore keep prices down for consumers. Yet for all the good that they accomplish, a negligently-built or operated 18-wheeler has the capacity to cause substantial harm to anyone unfortunate enough to come in its path. While every motor vehicle accident can inflict serious injury, truck accidents are inherently more dangerous because of the increased size, weight, and complications introduced by cargo.
If you have been hurt in an automobile wreck involving a commercial truck then we can help you to explore the possible merits of legal action and to determine whether the driver, trucking company, truck manufacturer, or another third-party may be liable. Contact the Fort Lauderdale truck accident lawyers of Salpeter Gitkin, LLP today at 954-467-8622.
Truck Accident Cases
Because of the involvement of a commercial trucking company and the trucking company’s clients in addition to the truck driver, it can be quite complicated to parse and resolve the issues of financial responsibility in the event of a crash. A skilled and experienced attorney can assist you in this matter. The following are representative of the truck accident cases that we would anticipate handling:
- Drunk Driving Accident Victim
- Truck Defect/Malfunction
- Trucking Company Negligence
- Truck Driver Error/Negligence
- No-Zone Truck Accidents
Evaluating Driver Logs and Black Boxes
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires commercial trucks carry electronic logging devices that record the data of a truck driver’s journey. From the number of hours the driver is behind the wheel to the speed, GPS coordinates, and even whether the driver was using a seatbelt, the device captures valuable information. Our lawyers can conduct our own investigation of your accident, which may include insight into this device, commonly known as the “black box,” and truck driver logs to find evidence to support your injury claim.
Types of Damages You May Recover after a Truck Accident
In the majority of truck-on-car accidents, the injured party is the driver of the passenger vehicle. Large semi-trucks typically incur minimal impact, leading to the drivers suffering minor injuries, while the drivers and passengers of the smaller vehicles often endure extensive trauma. Recovering from a truck accident can quickly lead to overwhelming expenses for which you were not prepared.
Allow our lawyers to fight for every penny you deserve to help you pay for:
- Past, present, and future medical bills
- Ongoing costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Future and ongoing medical care
- Reduced earning capacity
- Costs of medication
- Lost wages and benefits
- Reduced quality of life
- Physical pain and suffering
- Psychiatric care
- Property damage
- And more
At Salpeter Gitkin, LLP, we are available at any time to discuss your truck accident case. Let us help you explore your legal options for financial recovery through a free, no-obligation consultation.
The medical bills, car repairs, lost wages, and other financial effects of an accident involving an 18-wheeler can be devastating, but you may not have to bear those burdens alone. Contact the Fort Lauderdale truck accident lawyers of Salpeter Gitkin, LLP at 954-467-8622 for more information on what we may be able to do for you.