Fort Lauderdale Truck Accident Lawyer
Pursuing Your Best Interests in Claims Across Florida
Truck accidents can include tractor trailers, tankers, semis, dump trucks, garbage trucks, and other large commercial trucks. Due to their sheer size, when these kinds of commercial trucks are involved in traffic accidents, they tend to do a lot of damage. Not only is a collision with a large truck likely to total your personal vehicle, it is also more likely to result in catastrophic injury to you and your passengers. Unlike personal vehicles, which are the responsibility of only the driver, commercial vehicles on the road are always under the immediate responsibility of at least two entities. These entities include the driver of the truck and the company who operates the truck. While this makes lawsuits involving commercial trucks more complex, it gives you more people from whom you may seek compensation as a truck accident victim.
At The McFarlane Firm, our Fort Lauderdale truck accident attorney has been fighting to protect the rights and best interests of accident victims since 2013. We are here to give you the assistance you need to deal with the complex problem of truck accident claims. These are complicated due to the necessity of proving the liability those responsible as well as proving the full extent of your injuries and damages. Federal trucking regulations may come into play as well as legal pushback from trucking company lawyers working to reduce their company’s liability and payouts. To handle all of this, you will need a skilled, persistent, and thoroughly-prepared attorney who understand the applicable laws and how they may impact your case.
What Are Common Causes of Semi Truck Accidents?
Below are some common causes of truck accidents in Florida:
- Aggressive Driving - Truck drivers may be under severe stress due to being required to make deliveries on time, so they may be prone to road rage.
- Construction - Road construction may cause a truck driver to maneuver around construction via medians or other means, which may cause accidents.
- Defective Truck Part -Brake failure, vehicle failure, etc. can cause accidents.
- Distracted Driving - Driving while texting or taking eyes off the road may lead to a serious accident.
- Driver Fatigue - There are mandates in place to keep tired truck drivers off the road, but they are not always followed because of scheduling or other reasons.
- Driving Under the Influence - Drivers are not allowed to consume alcohol within 4 hours of driving a commercial vehicle, however, not all drivers follow the mandate.
- Overloaded Cargo - Overloaded trucks can experience tire blowouts or tip over due to carrying overloaded cargo.
- Poorly Lit Roads - Limited visibility creates difficulty seeing other motorists, narrow roads, turns, etc.
- Severe Weather - Bad weather not only limits driver visibility, but it also makes controlling vehicles even more difficult.
- Speeding - Some trucking companies have speed limiters on vehicles to ensure that their drivers are safe, but not all companies utilize this. With pressures to make deliveries on time, some drivers may choose to speed and may cause accidents.
Responsible Parties in a Florida Truck Accident
The fault of a tractor-trailer or commercial vehicle driver in an accident depends upon several factors as does the culpability of the company who owns and operates the truck. If, for example, other drivers on the road were the cause of the truck hitting you, the truck driver and trucking company have no liability in the accident. You can still seek compensation, of course, but you will be seeking it from the party responsible for the accident, not the trucker or the truck company.
In the event that the crash was caused by faulty parts on the truck, you can seek compensation from the company who manufactured the vehicle or parts that caused the accident. Trucking companies have legal responsibility for causing accidents when they are negligent.
Negligence can include but is not limited to:
- Poor loading of the truck
- Lack of training for drivers
- Unreasonable work schedules of drivers
- Poorly maintained truck
- Hiring unqualified drivers
Circumstances in which the truck driver and trucking company may be at fault can be numerous. If the driver was on the road too long resulting in driver fatigue, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or disobeying traffic laws (including speeding), the driver alone may be held accountable for the accident. If the driver was hired by a trucking company, the company may be held liable. If the driver is an independent, compensation may sought through the driver’s insurance carrier.
Trucking Accidents Require Experienced Legal Representation
Many entities may be responsible in a truck accident, from the driver to the trucking company, truck manufacturer, truck parts manufacturer, the truck owner (if the trucking company does not own it), the cargo loader, or other motorists who caused the truck to crash. Thus, it is vital to have a competent personal injury attorney in your corner who can do a thorough investigation to discover the at-fault party or parties and back this up with compelling evidence. Our Fort Lauderdale truck accident attorney has close to 20 years of legal experience and demonstrated competence in winning positive outcomes for clients in Florida truck accident claims and lawsuits.