Truck accident victims deserve proper and just compensation if the truck driver negligently caused serious injuries. At Zarzaur Law, we represent injured truck accident victims and their families in Florida. We have experience handling complex cases with catastrophic injuries and helping injured clients secure the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, our attorneys can help. We have a long and successful track record at the courthouse in Pensacola. Joe Zarzaur and his team prepare each case as if it is going to trial. In his time working as a Pensacola truck accident attorney, Joe Zarzaur has been able to achieve record verdicts in both Escambia County and Santa Rosa County.
Building Your Truck Accident Case
Before a truck accident claim can be filed against any party, there must be an investigation as to the circumstances of the accident to identify the parties responsible for the damages you suffered. This can be a very lengthy process. The law places a time limit within which a victim can make a claim against the parties whose negligence caused them harm. This time limit is also referred to as the statute of limitation. Different states have different laws concerning how much time a person has to make a claim for damages. The time limits may also depend on the type of claim a victim is making.
In Florida, victims making a personal injury claim based on negligence have four years from the time of the accident to make their claim. If the accident resulted in a death, the representatives of the deceased have two years to make a claim
It is important to speak to a knowledgeable Pensacola or Destin area truck accident lawyer soon after your truck or commercial vehicle accident. Important evidence can be lost if you don’t act quickly to collect witness statements, on-scene evidence, and black box data. Even if you have a just claim, you may lose your opportunity to get compensation if you do not act within the stipulated time. That is simply the way our justice system works. The American justice system allows parties accused of wrongdoing an opportunity to defend themselves against any accusation. When crucial evidence is lost, and memories have faded, the defendant may be at a disadvantage when it comes to defending themselves. This is why the law limits the time that you have to make a claim. It gives the defendant a fair opportunity to defend themselves, but acting quickly is also advantageous to the victim. The sooner your case is filed and resolved, the sooner you can begin to put your life back together after your injury. Our lawyers will get to work immediately to recover critical information related to your crash.
We can hire accident reconstructionists to determine who was at fault in the accident. Our Pensacola and Destin area trucking accident lawyers have numerous resources available to mount the strongest case possible.
Investigating Truck Driver Negligence
Our lawyers are also familiar with federal trucking regulations that are commonly violated by drivers on Florida roadways. These include:
- Shifting load
- Log book violations
- Improper maintenance
- Faulty brakes or tires
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
If these violations were the cause of your semi-truck wreck injury, our Pensacola truck accident lawyers will seek justice for you. The mere existence of these violations can bolster your case and help us obtain a fair settlement for your injuries, bills and lost wages.
To successfully prove a case based on negligence, the victim must prove all the elements of a negligence case. The victim must prove that the defendant owed them a duty of care and that the defendant breached their duty of care to the victim. After proving the existence and breach of a duty of care, the next step is to prove that the defendant’s breach of their duty of care was the legal or proximate cause of the victim’s injuries, and that the victim suffered damages. If a victim can show that the truck company or driver violated any existing federal or state trucking regulation, half the battle for negligence is won. The victim does not have to prove that the defendant breached their duty of care, as long as the victim is a member of the class of people that the regulation was created to protect. The defendant’s violation of the regulation is proof of the breach of their duty of care to the victim.
Be confident you have a legal expert on your side.
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