Semi-Truck Accident Litigation

Semi-Truck Accident Litigation

Experienced Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys Committed to Finding Justice for Injured Victims

Seeking compensation from all responsible parties

Every 16 minutes someone is injured or killed in a tractor trailer accident, often as the result of negligence. If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision with a large truck or tractor trailer, contact Osborne & Francis. Our tractor trailer accident attorneys pursue compensation from negligent parties. Because of the excessive size and weight of tractor trailers, they present a serious hazard to other motorists. Commercial drivers have a responsibility to operate vehicles with care and attention. Our attorneys have key knowledge of the complexities of trucking accidents and know how to present your claim effectively to obtain maximum compensation.

Continue reading to learn how an attorney can help you with your car accident case.

Video Transcript

So you've been in a car accident. What happens next? There are many things that you should do but here are the three most important:

Number One: See a doctor immediately. 

A broken bone is easy to see, but some injuries are not. The most common injuries from car accidents happen in the neck, back, or head. The only way to diagnose and treat them is by seeing a doctor. A doctor can help ease the pain, provide medication, reassure you of how your injury may impact your daily life, and tell you what not to do to make it worse.

A visit to the doctor can also give you legally protected time off to recover and rest your body after an accident, and it documents and provides the evidence you may need for your case. Even a five-mile-per-hour car accident can cause a serious injury. So whether you've had a severe accident or a minor collision, see a doctor. And if you don't have medical insurance, let us know and we'll make sure that you receive the proper care. 

Number Two: Write everything down.

Even if it seems small, during times of stress or injury it is common to forget the little details. Make sure you keep note of the pain that you're in. With neck, back, and head injuries, sometimes simple activities such as walking up the stairs or picking up a toddler may cause severe pain. 

You may not be sleeping well at night. Documenting how much you sleep and how often you wake up due to pain is also very important. And lastly, if you have any cuts or bruises, take daily photos as you heal. This will provide visual evidence of the injuries that you've suffered. 

Number Three: Do not speak to an insurance company until you've spoken to a lawyer.

Please understand that the insurance adjuster works for a billion-dollar corporation and not for you. Their interests are solely for their insurance company, and their goal is to provide you with the least amount of financial settlement as quickly as possible. When you do speak with them, remember they will record the conversation. Why do they do this? Because they've been trained to ask questions that may confuse you. So talk to us before you talk to them. 

So remember: See a doctor, document everything, and call us before calling the insurance company for your free private consultation. We are here for you. Real tough lawyers fighting real tough issues.

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What type of damages can I receive from a tractor trailer accident claim?

Personal injury law requires the at-fault party to pay restitution to injured parties in the event of anaccident. You may be able to receive compensation for:

  • Cost of medical care, surgeries and hospitalization
  • Home care and ongoing rehabilitation
  • Loss of income due to inability to work
  • Punitive damages if there was gross negligence or violation of federal trucking regulations

Most tractor trailer accidents involve insurance companies who attempt to deny or limit payments. Our truck accident attorneys fight aggressively to obtain full payment for your injuries and losses.

Identifying responsible parties

Trust us to carefully evaluate the cause of the accident and who should be held accountable. Potential liable parties in an 18 wheeler accident include:

  • The driver of the tractor trailer: One of the leading causes of truck accidents is the negligent action of the driver which can include:
  • Driver fatigue due to lack of required rest
  • Distraction from use of cell phones or in-cab passengers
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • The trucking company: The owner of the truck may also be held liable if they neglected to fulfill their responsibilities as a company such as:
  • Failure to offer adequate driver training or supervision
  • Not following federal laws on required driver rest periods
  • Inadequate maintenance and repair of the tractor trailer, leading to brake failure, tire blowouts or other equipment malfunction
  • Truck or part manufacturers: If the design or manufacture of the tractor trailer is defective and caused the accident, the manufacturer may be accountable.
  • The loading company: The company that loads cargo onto a tractor trailer must ensure that the load is secure and not susceptible to spillage, which could cause an accident

Our firm investigates the accident thoroughly and presents your claim against one or more parties at fault.

E. Holland

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Dennis and the other Osborne & Francis staff were amazing! Our case was HUGE and required tender loving care. Everyone on our case did their part by putting all the puzzle pieces together. We were given step by step updates and put at ease when our nerves got the best of us. For every inquiry we made we received a timely response...You are appreciated!

Erica F.

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"Best personal injury attorney around, I could not be happier! I was seriously injured in a car accident and Osborne and Francis helped me through the entire process. I was blown away by how knowledgeable the staff and attorneys are at this incredible law firm. I would not hesitate to recommend this law firm to friends and family!"

Alfred

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Quick and fair resolution to a unique case. On advice of my own attorney, I engaged Joseph Osborne of Osborne & Francis of Boca Raton, FL. Mr. Osborne had considerable experience in cases such as mine and the results showed that. Mr. Osborne and his staff were very helpful, kept me up to date, and listened to my input. The settlement was very fair as far as I am concerned.

T. Andrews

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“Attorneys Greg Francis and Ryan Fletcher at Osborne & Francis Law Firm represented me in my personal injury case.The defendant drew a line in the sand and was adamant on a settlement amount I was almost willing to accept. After the dust settled and the smoke cleared, we settled for 3 times that amount!!! When they say ‘Real Tough Lawyers,’ they mean it.”

J. Davis

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“I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer/ firm — everything was done professionally exactly how I wanted. Due to COVID my personal attorney Mr. Garcia was still able to make things work in a timely manner and he never made me feel like he wasn’t working. Overall I’m happy with how my case turned out and I would recommend him and this law firm to anyone. 100% satisfied.”

C. Smith

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“I am so thankful for EVERYONE, the entire staff at Osborne & Francis Law, for mentoring me through the mediation process with my hip replacement failures. I didn't realize how MUCH pressure they relieved me of by helping me deal with the reality of this traumatic time in my life, as it was OVER so quickly with a positive result. My family is grateful to have their mom HAPPY & FOCUSED on the future, rather than worrying over what happened in the past! FAST FORWARD, we are LIVING LIFE to the fullest once again!”

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Contact our tractor trailer accident attorneys today for a free consultation

Tractor trailer accidents can cause life changing injuries and disabilities. Pursuing justice is a priority for our dedicated attorneys. At Osborne & Associates, P.A.  we are available to speak with you at any time, and urge you to schedule a free consultation today.  Contact us at (561) 293-2600 or send us an email.

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