Help for Volusia County and Central Florida Truck Accident Victims
If you or a family member has been seriously injured in an accident involving a tractor trailer, you could be facing burdensome expenses for medical procedures and care. Managing these expenses, as well as insurance company procedures, and care for your loved one can be overwhelming.
The experienced, compassionate truck accident attorneys at Simoes Davila understand how stressful and draining this time can be and want to help ease your burden. We will put our legal experience and litigation skills to work for you to help you get compensated fairly for your expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and mental anguish.
Tractor Trailer Accident Claims
Soon after a truck accident, the trucking company and its insurance company typically initiate an investigation of the crash. Following specific, detailed procedures, they attempt to limit the financial amount that those injured in the crash are entitled to. Therefore, it is important that you do not agree to their offers without first consulting with an experienced truck accident attorney.
The attorneys at Simoes Davila have the legal experience you need to successfully navigate the complexities of tractor trailer claims and get the compensation you deserve. They can help determine liability for your truck accident, gather specific evidence to bolster your claim, and help you obtain fair compensation from the responsible party or parties.
Liability in Truck Accident Cases
Typically, tractor trailer claims are filed against the trucking company that owns the vehicle. However, often other parties are liable for injuries sustained from a truck accident, including the driver, the owner of the truck, the company leasing the truck, the manufacturer of the truck or its components, and the company that was having the load transported.
The tractor trailer accident attorneys at Simoes Davila have experience handling all kinds of cases and know how to determine which of all the possible parties can be held liable for your injuries. Our attorneys will investigate the history of the vehicle and trailer, including maintenance records and potential manufacturing defects; the driver who was in charge of the vehicle when the accident occurred; the trucking company, driving logs, past violations of state and federal trucking laws, criminal convictions, and all potential violations of truck regulations.
Truck Accident Lawsuits
There are different types of truck accident lawsuits, depending on the cause of the accident and the injuries sustained. Many suits claim negligence on the part of the driver, the owner and manager of the trucking company, the owner of the truck, and their insurance companies. Common signs of negligence are the driver’s lack of experience, failure to follow traffic laws, driving a large vehicle on narrow roads not intended for truck traffic, and fatigue from driving for too many hours; the trucking company’s failure to monitor the driver’s hours behind the wheel, failure to properly supervise or train the driver, hiring an inexperienced or unfit driver, overloading trucks, and not maintaining the vehicle appropriately.
Another possible type of suit is a product liability lawsuit. This type of lawsuit is used when a defect in the truck or one of its parts contributed to the accident. In these cases, the injured party sues the truck and/or parts manufacturer for negligence and has to prove that the truck or part was unreasonably dangerous, that the truck was being operated as intended, and that the truck’s performance had not changed since it was purchased.
A third possible type of lawsuit is a wrongful death suit. When a truck crash results in a fatality, the family of the victim can sometimes sue to receive compensation for their losses. An experienced wrongful death attorney can help family members recover financial, non-financial, and, in some cases, punitive damages for the loss of their loved one.
Compensation in Tractor Trailer Accident Cases
There are three different types of compensation possible for injuries and damages due to a truck accident: economic, non-economic, and in special cases, punitive. Economic truck accident damages are designed to compensate the truck accident victim and/or family for their monetary losses. Non-economic damages are intended to compensate the victim and/or family for non-financial losses. Punitive damages are supposed to punish someone who willfully, maliciously, or intentionally caused the truck accident injuries.
Compensation for economic damages typically includes payment for existing as well as future medical expenses. It can also include payment for wages lost between the time of the injury and the end of the lawsuit and, if the victim’s ability to earn a living has been diminished, for loss of earning capacity.
Compensation for non-economic damages usually includes payment for the physical and emotional pain endured because of the truck accident injuries. In addition, in cases of wrongful death, the victim’s family members can be awarded compensation for the loss of their loved one’s services, assistance, aid, society, and companionship.
Call on Experienced Volusia County Truck Accident Attorneys
If you or a family member has been in a truck accident, call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Simoes Davila as soon as possible. The statute of limitations only allows you to file a claim within a specified time period, so please don’t delay contacting us.
We have served clients in Volusia County for over twenty years and have obtained millions of dollars for them. We want to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Call us today at 386-222-1111 or submit our FREE CASE REVIEW form online for a no-obligation consultation with one of our outstanding personal injury attorneys.