Due to its geography, Florida is a center of trade due to its numerous ports and airports. Each day, a large amount of goods pass through Florida. Transportation over land is mainly provided by semi trucks, which can transport anything from produce to heavy construction equipment. A large transport vehicle’s size and turn radius make it more difficult to maneuver and operate than a lighter passenger vehicle. Furthermore, the height and large stopping distance of trucks, as well as the blind spots of the driver, make collisions with passenger vehicles more hazardous than other types of car accidents. It is the injured party’s role to prove the truck operator/driver was negligent by proving that the truck operator/driver breached some duty, which resulted in damages. In this blog post, we will provide a brief guide to truck accidents in South Florida and how to obtain compensation after being injured in a truck accident.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
There are many different causes of truck accidents in South Florida. Truck accidents result from excessive speeding, distraction, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to observe traffic signals, failure to maintain a safe distance from surrounding vehicles, or failure to follow safety protocols when transporting certain materials, etc. Another cause of truck accidents that is often overlooked involves faulty maintenance or deferred maintenance. Trucks are most commonly used in commercial settings which means that they need to be constantly maintained in order to continue being used to transport goods. When important maintenance is not performed on a truck or is deferred for long periods of time, trucks can fall into disrepair or malfunction while in use. This leads to serious accidents with sometimes deadly consequences. Many repairs are neglected or delayed to avoid additional cost. Furthermore, a defective part can also cause the operator to lose control of the truck, which can result in the trailer becoming detached during transport causing serious damage.
Compensation For Truck Accident Victims
In truck accidents, there are often multiple parties involved, which can make them very complicated to resolve. Those liable for the accident may be the operator of the truck, the employer, and even the manufacturer of the truck or any of its parts. It all depends on what caused and/or contributed to the accident at issue. Due to the complexity of cases involving truck accidents, it is especially important to speak with a personal injury attorney who is experienced with truck accident cases. Victims of truck accidents have a lot of different forms of compensation (economic and non-economic) available to them including:
Medical Expenses: Your medical expenses play an important part in your case. The medical expenses can be the most significant expense in the majority of truck accident cases, and it is often the source of the economic recovery.
Future Medical Expenses: Once past initial treatment and rehabilitation, victims are likely to need further medical care. The need for intensive medical care is common in truck accidents.
Lost Wages: Whether you are an employee, an independent contractor, or a business owner, time spent away from work, your business, or your profession during recovery represents a financial loss.
Loss of Future Earning Capacity: A victim of an injury may no longer be able to earn income the way they did before the accident. You might have to move from an active job to a sedentary one which may or may not mean taking a pay cut.
Pain and suffering: A physical injury can cause extreme and debilitating pain. In addition to pain, there may also be emotional distress and suffering. The emotional impact of serious injury is often uncertainty, anxiety, depression, and fear. Florida law allows a jury to place a value on pain and suffering.
Car Accident Attorneys in Miami & Broward
Injuries can occur in a variety of ways. Car accidents are among the most common types of injury or tort cases. For attorneys unfamiliar with personal injury cases, these cases can be difficult. Apart from experience, it is also important to find an attorney who has the skills and experience needed to resolve your claim. The personal injury lawyers at Suarez and Montero are ready to provide you with top-notch legal services. At Suarez and Montero, we pride ourselves in assisting the people of Florida and their families. We always put our clients’ needs at the forefront of our fight against insurance companies. The personal injury lawyers at Suarez and Montero have dedicated their entire careers to fighting for the rights of their clients. We take all types of personal injury matters including motor vehicle accidents involving trucks, government vehicles, cars, motorcycles, motorcycles, ATVs, pedestrians, etc. We have the tools and legal experience and would like to put it to work for you! At Suarez and Montero, we would like to help our clients focus on recovering from their injuries while we focus on protecting their legal rights under the law. Our personal injury lawyers are ready to provide proven legal representation and stand ready to protect your rights. We are available 24/7 to give you a free, no risk case consultation!
We serve clients throughout Florida including those in the following areas:
Miami-Dade: Aventura, Coral Gables, Doral, Fontainebleau, Hialeah, Homestead, Kendall, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Lakes, North Miami, Tamiami, and Westchester.
Broward: Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, and Weston; and Palm Beach County including Boca Raton, Lake Worth, and West Palm Beach.