Two of the nation’s busiest interstate routes, I-95, and U.S. 1, run the length and breadth of Broward County. Commercial trucks and tractor-trailer rigs on these and other state, county, and city roads were involved in nearly 4,000 crashes in 2015.
If you have sustained injuries from an eighteen-wheeler accident, arrange for a free, no-obligation consultation with the Broward County truck accident lawyer to determine what options are available to you. There is no cost to sue the party responsible for your damages. Work with a skilled personal injury attorney that can fight for you.
Florida’s negligence doctrine applies to truck accidents and is comprised of four elements. For a case to succeed, the injured person must prove that the truck driver had a duty of care not to cause harm to others. This element of the law can be met because motorists share the roads.
A breach is an act or failure to act that violates the required duty, such as violating a traffic law. The breach led to the proximate cause, also called the legal cause, of the accident and the impact resulted in injury, death, and related expenses.
The law in Broward County places financial responsibility on those who had some blame in causing the crash, which is determined by the percentage of fault a jury or the court assess based on evidence. A driver who is 20 percent at fault can only claim 80 percent of the damages incurred, and a Broward County truck accident lawyer can help them attempt to secure those damages.
The stricken can sue for economic and non-economic damages. These include all medical costs, therapeutic treatments, pain and suffering, loss of income in the present and future income that could not be earned, training for a new career path, disability, and property damage.
Non-economic damages include emotional trauma, mental anguish, and loss of consortium. If the reason for the crash was egregious, punitive damages may apply. In fatal crashes, a Broward County truck accident lawyer can help the injured party claim lifetime of lost income, burial, and other related expenses.
Tractor-trailer rig size and weight limits are federally regulated to 18 wheels, 80,000 pounds, and 53 feet, compared to a sedan at about 4,000 pounds. Without proper distance to stop and a lack of nimble handling, truck wrecks can be particularly horrendous.
Eighteen-wheelers cause blind spots that prevent the driver from seeing behind, to the right, and with a limited view on the left. Even the front view is obstructed for several yards. In addition to poor visibility, drivers of big-rigs cause collisions by speeding, distraction, fatigue, or impairment. Weather and road conditions are also factors, as are inadequate training or supervision.
Drivers attempting to avoid collisions or over correcting may swerve sharply causing the load to shift and unbalance the rig, turning it over. Because of the height of the trailer strong winds can sometimes overturn trucks. The tractor-trailer’s mechanical condition such as bald tires, worn brakes, loose steering, shoddy repairs, and perhaps a manufacturing defect cause trucking crashes, too.
The economic and emotional damages caused from tractor trailer accidents is traumatizing and expensive. Consult a Broward County truck accident lawyer today if you are seeking to pursue litigation. A dedicated legal team can review the evidence of the collision to help you get the compensation you deserve.
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