Truck Accidents

Big rigs, 18-wheelers, and semis are continually moving goods to serve the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale areas, traveling the highways, expressways, and local city thoroughfares. Commercial trucks, when fully loaded, weigh up to 80,000 lbs. When a crash occurs, the incredible weight and force of the vehicle often lead to multiple fatal or catastrophic injuries to innocent people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. At Panzer Law, our legal team takes on these cases to help the injured or their families seek justice and full compensation.

Truck Accident Statistics: The Shocking Truth
FLHSMV (Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles) issues crash reports yearly. The report in a recent year reveals the staggering number of deaths and incapacitating injuries associated with truck accidents in the state. Medium, heavy, light trucks and cargo vans were involved in 41 fatalities in accidents, 208 incapacitating injuries, and 858 non-incapacitating injuries – all in one year. If you or a loved one has been injured, or you have lost a family member in a truck crash, you need the support of a truck accident attorney to protect your right to the compensation you deserve.

Meet Panzer Law – Where Your Truck Accident Case Matters
Our injury attorneys at Panzer Law understand the importance of your case and that it is critical that you recover full and fair compensation. Our legal team takes on truck accident cases with a rare degree of personalized care and attention. We set aside all the time needed to move a truck accident case through the system to achieve justice as rapidly as possible. We understand that your future wellbeing will be impacted by the amount you receive in a settlement or award at trial. We are steadfast in demanding fair treatment for our clients and unwavering in seeking the maximum you are entitled to under Florida law.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck drivers are constantly under pressure to deliver on time. These drivers may cut corners, violating federal safety regulations. A driver who fails to safely control a commercial truck may have committed one of the following serious errors:

  • Driving too fast for weather conditions
  • Speeding, unsafe turns, passing
  • Driver fatigue
  • Poor driver training
  • Distracted driver (using a cell phone or in-truck systems, texting, eating, etc.)
  • Cargo unsafely loaded
  • Poor truck maintenance
  • Failure of truck safety systems
  • Intoxicated truck driver (drugs, alcohol, medications)

Do I Need a Lawyer for a Truck Accident?
After a truck accident that led to serious injuries or loss of life, a full investigation takes place, involving local law enforcement, along with personnel from the trucking firm, state authorities, or in some cases, federal authorities. It is imperative that your right to fair compensation is protected by a truck accident lawyer. Your case will require collecting and preserving critical evidence, which may include:

  • Driver cell phone data
  • Evidence regarding the driver’s hours of service
  • Driver drug and alcohol testing data
  • Truck maintenance information
  • Driver logbooks
  • Black box data
  • Driving history of the vehicle
  • Truck safety system failure reports

At Panzer Law, our attorneys are personally committed to you, your family, and your future. Your case matters to us, and we will go the distance to fight for a fair level of compensation.

Common Truck Accident Injuries in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale
It is an unfortunate fact that in most cases, it is the innocent drivers and their passengers who are injured or die in truck accidents. Some common types of serious and catastrophic injuries from truck accidents include:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Loss of limb
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis, paraplegia, or quadriplegia
  • Internal injuries, organ damage
  • Disfiguring injuries
  • Fatal injuries

Hurt in an Accident Involving a Commercial Truck?

What Damages are Paid in a Truck Accident Case?
The damages paid to an injured person in a truck accident claim or lawsuit in the state of Florida may include:

  • Economic damages: The financial costs of current and future medical care, rehabilitation, in-home nursing care, medications, ongoing medical care, current and future lost wages, and other hard costs.
  • Non-economic damages: Pain and suffering, emotional anguish, loss of companionship, support, and other very personal losses.
  • Punitive damages: In cases of gross negligence, punitive damages may be pursued. In Florida, these damages are capped at $500,000.

Who is Liable?
Several parties may be held liable in a truck accident injury case, including but not limited to:

  • Trucking firm
  • Truck driver
  • Truck manufacturer
  • Truck maintenance firm
  • Truck leasing firm
  • Truck parts manufacturer

Filing a claim or lawsuit will require a full evaluation and review of all the facts and evidence in the case. At Panzer Law, we are committed to pursuing full justice and compensation that reflects the level of the injuries, the long-term impact on your quality of life, and your financial health. We invite you to contact us to discuss your case. We charge no legal fees unless we are successful in recovering compensation for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long before I get my settlement?

You have the right to reject an offer of settlement that is too low, and our legal team at Panzer Law is here to guide you through this process and will do everything possible to expedite the process.

What if I was partially at fault?

Florida is what is termed a “comparative negligence” state. If you were partially responsible for what occurred, the amount of compensation you are paid would be reduced by the percentage that you are believed to be responsible for.

Will my case go to court?

The vast majority of cases are settled without the need to take it to trial. However, you do want to ensure your workers’ compensation lawyer has trial skills, as this skill set is also needed to prepare a compelling case, present it in mediation or negotiations, and at trial if this is in your best interests. 

I was hit by a drunk driver who did not have insurance – what do I do?

Unfortunately, many drivers are operating vehicles without auto insurance. If the drunk driver has no insurance or is under-insured, a claim can be filed with your own auto insurance provider. Although a lawsuit could be filed to attempt to seek compensation by another method, these negligent drivers often do not have assets that make this approach successful.

Do I have a case?

You may be unsure if you have a right to seek compensation. Take advantage of our free case consultation to find out if your case has merit.

What damages will be paid in my personal injury claim?

Your personal injury claim involves several types of damages, called “economic damages,” which are the financial losses you experienced, and “non-economic damages,” which are more personal and include pain and suffering and loss of quality of life.

How much will it cost to hire our law firm and when do you pay?

Our firm charges nothing unless we recover benefits for you. In a workers’ compensation case, you pay 30% or less when there is a recovery. The amount is often less because we often recover a portion of our attorney’s fees from the insurance company, sometimes 100%, thereby reducing or eliminating your responsibility for attorney’s fees. In a personal injury case, you pay 33% if the case settles before the defendant files an answer in a lawsuit, or 40% if the case does not settle before the defendant files an answer in a lawsuit.  Costs work the same way, whereby our costs are paid only if we recover benefits for you.  In workers’ compensation cases, we often recover part of our costs, sometimes 100%, thereby reducing or eliminating your responsibility for costs. You pay nothing unless and until we recover benefits for you.

Do I need a lawyer?

While a minor injury could be resolved without an attorney, any case that involves serious injury, catastrophic injury, or loss of life should be managed by a skilled personal injury lawyer.

How much is my case worth?

Every workers’ compensation case is unique. The value will be based on the degree of your injuries, whether they will lead to future challenges, affect your ability to earn a living, require ongoing medical care, and many other factors. To determine the value of your claim will require reviewing your medical condition, valuing the financial losses you have experienced and will experience, and the work restrictions associated with your injuries.

What to expect in our first meeting?

Meeting with a workers’ compensation attorney shouldn’t be an intimidating experience.

Rather it should be useful. In our office, we collect information about your case and help clients to be well informed and comfortable when they come in for an initial consultation. We share important information in at least two ways and develop your case to best handle it for your unique situation.

When you first walk into our office, we’ll sit down and go over the reason for your visit. You will discuss your case with one of our attorneys. If you speak Spanish, you will discuss your case with a Spanish-speaking attorney. One of our staff members will collect information about you and your situation. We will ask you specific questions about your background, your employment, and your injury. Our interview will be extensive and in detail, to obtain the most complete information about your situation. When we are well informed, it allows us to better prepare your case. At the close of the meetings, we may have some tasks for you to do and help us follow up after our meeting, and we will also be running a series of processes after our meeting to start your case as soon as possible.

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