Commercial trucks are common sights on Florida’s roads. Despite their prevalence, it is can be extremely dangerous to drive next to these large and heavy vehicles. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a fully-loaded tractor-trailer can weigh as much as 30 times more than a standard passenger vehicle. Large trucks require more time and distance to stop compared to smaller vehicles (usually by 20 to 40%).
In 2016 alone, 3,986 people died from truck accidents in the United States. If you live in Hollywood, Florida and have recently been involved in a trucking accident, contact us for a free and confidential consultation. Our truck accident attorneys have the resources and skill to go up against major trucking companies and other parties in pursuit of compensation. Whether you suffered serious injuries or you lost a loved one, call (954) 860-8434 for a free consultation.
Determining fault for a trucking accident can be difficult. Many cases don’t involve just one at-fault party. The responsible party could be the truck driver, trucking company, cargo-loading team, product manufacturer, or the city that owns the road depending on how your accident happened. Contacting a truck accident attorney at Fischer Redavid PLLC is the best way to get to the bottom of what actually happened in your case. Call us to request an investigation after the initial police report and after you’ve received medical treatment for your injuries.
One of our Hollywood personal injury attorneys can help you determine whether fault rests solely with the driver or on the trucking company if driver error caused the accident. Although the majority of truck drivers are independent contractors, the company is still vicariously liable (in most cases) under federal law. The company could be liable if the driver engaged in dangerous or reckless behaviors that caused the crash, such as driving under the influence or speeding. The fault may also rest with the company if it failed to properly vet the driver or provide adequate training to fulfill federal regulations.
In some cases, crashes occur for reasons outside of truck driver error. For example, a defective vehicle part can cause a truck’s tires to blow out, resulting in an accident. In this case, injured victims could file product liability claims against the defective tire manufacturer to recover losses. A plaintiff in a product liability claim does not necessarily need to prove the manufacturer was negligent; only that the product in question had a defect and the defect caused the plaintiff’s damages. A product manufacturer and a trucking company could be liable if the company failed to properly maintain its fleet.
Collisions involving large commercial trucks are rarely minor. More often, the damage to smaller passenger vehicles is catastrophic. Victims can suffer life-changing injuries, permanent disability and hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. A truck accident lawsuit can’t make these losses disappear, but it can go a long way toward helping victims rebuild their lives. Damages available to recover in most truck accident lawsuits include:
A truck accident can dramatically change your life. Your legal claim is the only way you can get justice and hold negligent parties accountable. Our Hollywood truck accident attorneys can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of your case. Contact Fischer Redavid PLLC to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers. We take a people-first approach to legal counsel, getting to know our clients to maximize their compensation. We’ll review the details of your claim and let you know what type of compensation a lawsuit could yield. Call us today.