Melbourne Truck Accident Lawyers
A truck driver’s employer may be liable if you’ve been injured in a big-truck accident. Trucking companies are often large corporations with the ability to pay fair and reasonable damages, but they tend to use their resources to fight against injured accident victims. Our Melbourne truck accident lawyers at Farah & Farah can stand up to the trucking company and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Truck drivers are responsible for controlling vehicles significantly larger and heavier than most others. The massive size difference between big rigs and passenger vehicles makes catastrophic and fatal injuries more likely in an accident.
If you or your loved one has been harmed because a truck driver was negligent, call our truck accident attorneys in Melbourne at (321) 306-0104 to determine how much compensation you can recover.
When You Need a Big-Truck Lawyer in Melbourne and the Surrounding Areas, Look No Further Than Farah & Farah
We are a family-centered law firm that puts clients first. Our hard-working truck accident lawyers will provide personalized attention so you feel like you are our only client, yet we have the resources to go against large truck companies and win.
We have been standing up to large corporations for injured clients since 1979 and have recovered more than $1 billion in compensation. Our most recent big-truck accident results include:
- $3.4 million verdict for a client rear-ended by a moving truck.
- $2 million verdict for a client rear-ended by a tractor-trailer.
- $1.3 million wrongful death recovery for a client struck by a semi on a loading dock.
These results and more are no accident. Our attorneys work together as a team to achieve the best outcome and keep you informed through every step of your case. We win through understanding, hard work, and caring. Our clients know we truly care.
Below are a few examples of the unsolicited feedback our Melbourne personal injury law office has received:
“I would highly recommend Farah & Farah. Jason and Diane are the best. They were easily accessible, professional, honest, and treated me with respect. My case was settled in a timely manner, and I was very pleased with the settlement outcome. Thank you Farah & Farah. Great job.”
— Chanorman R.
“A big public thank you to Jason and Dianna for the hard work they put in to get my case resolved. They both did a great job at keeping me informed about the progress of my case as it went along, and when it came down to it, they got me the perfect resolution for my situation, so thank you again, Jason and Dianna.”
— C. Carter
“Jason and Dianna have been more than helpful. I get rapid responses, all my questions answered, and they just make me feel like I am important. Thank You very much, Dianna and Jason.”
— Joe W.
We help clients in Melbourne and throughout Brevard County, including Palm Bay, Titusville, Merritt Island, Rockledge, and Cocoa. Our services require no up-front fees, and you only pay if we win. Experience makes all the difference. Let us put ours to work for you. Contact us now to schedule a free consultation.
How Our Experienced Melbourne Truck Accident Attorneys Will Prepare the Strongest Case Possible
Truck accident cases are significantly more complicated than most car accident claims because of the more complex mechanical factors in truck accidents and the involvement of large trucking companies. This is why our truck accident attorneys take a comprehensive approach to case investigation and preparation.
Investigating Your Accident
Our big-truck attorneys can hire an accident reconstruction expert to help us develop a thorough understanding of what happened before and during the accident. This may include an analysis of the truck’s black box, damage to all vehicles involved, skid marks, weather conditions, road conditions, and mechanical issues in any vehicle involved.
The accident reconstruction will help us determine who is responsible for the accident, and we may be able to use our information to clear you of wrongly assigned fault.
Accident reconstruction is only the first step in investigating your accident. Our thorough Melbourne personal injury attorneys will also do the following investigative work to prepare the strongest case possible:
- Interview witnesses
- Review the results of drug and alcohol testing of the driver
- Review driver logs to determine whether the driver worked excessive hours
- Perform a background check on the driver
- Review the maintenance history of the truck
- Look for recalls of any truck parts on the model of the truck that hit you
- Review details about the load the truck was hauling
Proving Your Injuries
We will focus on two primary conclusions when proving your injuries. First, we will focus on proving that the accident caused your injuries. While this may seem straightforward, the insurance company may claim that something else injured you or that you caused your injuries yourself.
We will also go to work proving how much your injuries will cost you in the short and long term. We work with some of the top medical experts in the nation who can help us understand your maximum expected recovery level, your future disabilities, and any chronic pain you may suffer.
We will also work with life care planners and financial experts to determine the long-term financial impact of your injuries. This evidence is crucial for calculating your case value and proving your damages in court if your case goes to trial.
Who Can You Hold Responsible for Your Big Truck Accident?
Liability in a truck accident case is complex because multiple parties play a role in the safe operation of the truck. Our award-winning truck accident lawyers in Melbourne may find one or more of the following parties liable for your truck accident:
- Truck driver
- Owner of the truck
- Truck driver’s employer
- Company responsible for loading cargo
- Vehicle parts manufacturer
- Government entity that maintains roads
- Other drivers who contributed to the accident
Why Are There So Many Commercial Truck Accidents in Brevard County?
Three of the most dangerous highways in the United States pass through Melbourne, and heavy truck traffic is common on all of them. United States Highway 192 is the third most dangerous highway in the nation, and Interstate 95 is in eighth place. U.S. Highway 1 is the 29th most dangerous highway.
In 2021 alone, 943 commercial motor vehicle accidents occurred in Brevard County, resulting in 289 injuries and 7 deaths. These big-truck accidents are commonly caused by:
- Drinking and driving
- Following too closely
- Distracted driving
- Inattentive driving
- Driver fatigue
More than 80 percent of truck accident injuries affect the occupants of the other vehicle, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
We Can Help You Recover Compensation for Your Financial Losses and Your Pain and Suffering
You can lose a lot of money after a truck accident due to overwhelming medical expenses and missed work. You shouldn’t have to pay the price for an accident that isn’t your fault. Our nationally recognized truck accident attorneys in Melbourne can help you recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and intangible losses not measurable in dollars.
When calculating your medical expenses, we will include the lifetime cost of your medical care, including physical therapy, durable medical equipment, future surgeries, personal care, and any other health care needs we can anticipate with the help of our medical experts.
Lost wages include future wages you cannot earn because of your injuries. They will be based on your earnings before your accident, but we will also fight for you to recover probable raises, promotions, and inflation.
Intangible losses are known as non-economic damages and may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of society
Punitive damages are awarded in rare instances when you have clear and convincing evidence of intentional misconduct or gross negligence by the responsible party. While there are no state limits on other types of damages, punitive damages are limited to three times the total of your economic and non-economic damages or $500,000, whichever is greater.
Reach Out to Us Today To Find Out What Our Melbourne Truck Accident Lawyers Can Do for You
When you have been injured in a truck accident, you can count on our truck accident lawyers in Melbourne to help you through this difficult time. We will handle all of your legal details so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Schedule a free consultation by calling our Melbourne truck accident lawyers today at (321) 306-0104.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Below are answers to questions we frequently receive about big-truck accidents in Melbourne.
Can I Recover Compensation If I Was Responsible for My Truck Accident?
You may be able to recover compensation if you share fault in the accident, but only if you are not more at fault than the other party. However, your compensation will be reduced in proportion to the percentage of fault assigned to you.
You must avoid making statements to the liable parties or insurance companies that could be construed as admissions of fault. In addition, you do not have to accept an assignment of fault by law enforcement. Our forensic experts will perform a more detailed investigation to determine who is responsible. This is the only reliable way to determine fault.
How Long Do I Have To File a Truck Accident Lawsuit?
You generally have two years to file a truck accident lawsuit. This is known as the statute of limitations, and you can lose your right to file a claim if you do not file before it expires.
However, you shouldn’t wait until the statute of limitations is about to expire before you contact an attorney. A detailed investigation will be necessary before your case can be filed, and the evidence needed to build a strong case could disappear if you wait too long to involve an experienced truck accident attorney in Melbourne.
Should I Accept the Insurance Company’s Offer?
It is common for an insurance company to make an early offer in a personal injury case, but this is often a lowball offer designed to save the insurance company money. If you accept this offer and later learn that your injuries are more severe than you first realized, you cannot file a claim for more compensation.
In fact, we recommend that you avoid any interactions with the insurance company and do not sign documents it provides without your attorney present. When the insurance company contacts you, the safest course of action is to direct the representative to your Melbourne truck accident attorney.
When Will I Receive My Compensation?
The time it takes to receive compensation after a truck accident can vary from a few weeks to a couple of years, depending on the complexity of your case and whether it goes to trial. We settle most truck accident cases, meaning you can receive compensation sooner than if the case goes to trial.
We are committed to supporting you in every way possible while working to win the compensation you deserve. As part of our commitment to putting you first, our big truck accident lawyers in Melbourne will seek pre-settlement funding to help you maintain financial stability while we fight for your compensation.
Reach Out to Us Today To Find Out What Our Melbourne Truck Accident Lawyers Can Do for You
When you have been injured in a big truck accident, you can count on our truck accident lawyers in Melbourne to help you through this difficult time. We will handle all of your legal details so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Schedule a free consultation by calling our Melbourne truck accident lawyers today at (321) 306-0104.
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