Miami Truck Accident Attorney
Accidents between passenger vehicles and semi-trucks often result in debilitating injuries that never fully heal. Medical bills, lost income, and vehicle repairs can add up to a small fortune, but if your collision was caused by the negligence of another person or entity, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. The Miami truck accident lawyers at Halpern Santos & Pinkert will evaluate your case for free, provide comprehensive legal guidance, and aggressively represent your interests.
Our Miami truck accident attorneys have more than 60 years of combined experience helping victims of personal injury and wrongful death get their lives back in order after serious accidents. With a commitment to providing compassionate, personalized, and effective representation, our lawyers have recovered more than $200 million for our clients. Call 305-445-1111 to schedule a free consultation with a truck accident attorney in Miami.
Types of Cases Our Miami Truck Accident Lawyers Handle
The vast majority of semi-truck wrecks are caused by driver errors, but there are countless factors that contribute to these accidents. Each case is unique, so it is important that you find a truck accident lawyer who has successfully handled claims that are similar to yours.
The personal injury attorneys at Halpern Santos & Pinkert handle all types of truck accident claims including those arising from:
- Tire blowouts;
- Cargo that spills or falls onto the roadway;
- Truck rollovers;
- Wide turn accidents;
- Blind spot accidents;
- Accidents involving overloaded trucks; and
- Accidents involving fatigued, distracted, or impaired truck drivers.
Proving Negligence and Liability After a Miami Truck Accident
Our lawyers know the types of evidence needed to prove negligence, liability, and damages after a truck wreck. To ensure your case is as strong as possible, we will perform a comprehensive investigation into your accident before settlement negotiations. Our attorneys will dig deep to find evidence of negligence and liability, which may include:
- The trucker’s Hours of Service logbook;
- Black box data;
- Cell phone records;
- Bills of lading;
- Toll booth receipts;
- Records from weigh stations;
- Eyewitness testimony;
- Accident reconstruction expert testimony;
- Surveillance footage;
- Dashcam footage; and
- Truck maintenance records.
Damages Recoverable in Miami Truck Accident Cases
With an extensive background in truck accident cases, our attorneys have a unique skillset and finely tuned legal strategies that give us an edge in settlement negotiations and litigation. Although no attorney can promise a particular outcome for your case, our truck accident lawyers know what it takes to help our clients fight for the maximum payout.
We will make sure your claim includes all potentially recoverable damages. In the state of Florida, victims of personal injury and wrongful death can pursue compensation for:
- Healthcare expenses-past and future;
- Lost income;
- Loss of future earning capacity;
- Vehicle repairs, home care, home modifications, and other expenses related to the injury;
- Burial and funeral expenses (in wrongful death claims);
- Loss of benefits and retirement;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of enjoyment;
- Loss of consortium;
- Physical impairment and disfigurement; and
- Exemplary (“punitive”) damages-if the defendant acted with gross negligence or intentional misconduct.
Mistakes You Must Avoid After a Truck Accident in Miami
Trucking companies and their insurers often use devious strategies to dispute, deny, and undervalue claims. If you were severely injured or lost a family member in an 18-wheeler crash, it is likely that your damages will be substantial, so you should expect the defendant to monitor your activities and look for reasons to dispute your claim.
The truck accident attorneys at Halpern Santos & Pinkert are well-versed in the tactics used by insurance companies to reduce the amount of money they have to pay to claimants. We will explain these tactics during your free initial consultation, as well as the steps you should take (and the mistakes you should avoid) to give your claim a favorable chance of resulting in a fair settlement.
Below are a few of the most common and costly mistakes you must avoid after a truck accident:
- Speaking to the insurance adjuster without your attorney’s approval;
- Accepting a settlement without your attorney’s approval;
- Waiting too long to contact a personal injury lawyer;
- Discussing your case on social media;
- Posting photos on social media-even if they seem unrelated to your case;
- Ignoring your doctor’s instructions; or
- Missing doctor’s appointments.
One seemingly benign oversight could be all it takes to put your case in jeopardy. For instance, posting a photo on social media of you with friends after the accident might be used by the insurance company to dispute the severity of your injuries. A brief recorded statement to the insurance adjuster could be used to dispute liability.
This is why it is so critical to speak with a Miami truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney not only can help you avoid mistakes but can also gather essential evidence before it becomes unavailable.
Why It’s so Important to Consult a Miami Truck Accident Attorney Right Away
You’d be surprised how far people and companies would go to cover up evidence of liability after a truck accident. Hours of Service logbooks might be altered. Dashcam footage could be erased. Black box data could be destroyed.
The more time that passes between your collision and your attorney’s investigation, the less likely it will be that essential evidence will still be available.
You should contact Halpern Santos & Pinkert immediately after your medical evaluation. Our Miami truck accident attorneys will examine every aspect of your collision right away to ensure we have the strongest case possible heading into settlement negotiations. We can also arrange testimony from engineers, accident reconstruction experts, medical experts, and financial experts.
Call 305-445-1111 for a Free Consultation with a Miami Truck Accident Attorney
Our accident lawyers are here to answer your questions and alleviate the stress and uncertainty of the claims process. We offer the personal touch of a small law firm yet we have the resources to take on even the largest insurance companies and corporations. To discuss your case in a free initial consultation, call us today at 305-445-1111 or use our Contact Form to reach us online.