Given the massive size and weight of large vehicles on the road, truck accidents involving DUI (driving under the influence) can be particularly dangerous. For this reason, truck drivers are held to a higher professional standard than normal motorists. They must not only meet stricter licensing requirements, but are also governed by both state and federal statutes. Needless to say, if a truck driver causes an accident because he or she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, negligence can be established. A truck DUI accident lawyer from our Daytona, FL, law firm can help if you or a loved one was injured in a truck collision. To schedule a free consultation, contact Chanfrau & Chanfrau today.
Establishing Liability in Truck Accident Cases
Truck drivers have a professional responsibility towards others on the road. If an accident occurs because a truck driver was under the influence of alcohol, that is clear evidence of negligence. If you or someone you love was injured in a truck accident, and the police report indicates that the truck driver was charged or under suspicion of a DUI, we strongly encourage you to seek legal counsel. Our team of attorneys can see to it that your rights are protected and the negligent party is held responsible for its actions.
To file a personal injury claim, we must first conduct an investigation of the accident. By talking with witnesses and taking statements, consulting with forensics and reconstruction accident experts, reviewing the police report, and using our professional expertise learned over decades in the field, we can accurately ascertain the circumstances surrounding the accident. Through our investigation, we can definitively determine the cause, establish negligence, and outline the liable parties. On these grounds, we can file a civil suit in court.
We urge you to take action and consult an attorney if you or a loved one was injured or killed in a truck accident. If you attempt to navigate this complicated and trying process alone, you stand a good chance of forfeiting the financial compensation you are legally entitled to. Trucking companies tend to be large and powerful organizations with aggressive legal counsel on their side. At Chanfrau & Chanfrau, we are large enough to help, yet small enough to care.
Recovering Damages Following an Accident
If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident because of the driver's negligence, you are entitled to damages. Damages are monies awarded to victims for financial, physical, and emotional loss. In truck accident cases, compensation is typically awarded for the following:
Pain and Suffering
The trauma of being involved in a truck accident can cause a tremendous amount of pain and suffering, both physical and emotional. Though it is impossible to prescribe a number to such a burden, our team will ensure your family receives just and fair financial compensation from the negligent parties.
It goes without saying that one of our top priorities is ensuring you are compensated for medical costs related to your injuries. This includes compensation not only for expenses stemming from any immediate post-accident treatment you may have received, but future related treatment as well. Such treatments may include check-ups and ongoing care.
In some cases, victims of truck accidents are injured so badly that they require rehabilitative care. This may include physical and emotional rehabilitation. This type of care can cost a tremendous amount of money, particularly if the rehabilitation takes months or years.
Loss of Wages
The extent of your injuries, or those of a loved one, will proportionally impact your family's wage loss. In truck accident cases, injured victims tend to be out of work for a period of at least several weeks, due to the severity of the forces involved. In severe cases, a truck accident can leave a person permanently unable to maintain employment. In these cases, we will seek damages that are sufficient to compensate for a lifetime of lost wages.
If your loved one was killed as a result of a truck driver's negligence, let us help your family file a wrongful death claim. We are committed to aiding survivors of those killed in truck accidents. Our team can help your family recover damages for loss of income, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and emotional distress.
Begin Your Recovery Today
To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with the team at Chanfrau & Chanfrau, contact our law firm today. We pride ourselves on providing our clients personalized and compassionate service. You can rest assured that we will work with your best interests in mind.