Drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs) are required by Florida law to earn and maintain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) in order to operate semi-trucks / tractor-trailers on the road. Truck drivers are also required by law to adhere to specific safe driving practices, such as observing maximum number of hours of driving before taking mandatory rests, ensuring loads are properly distributed and do not exceed certain weights, maintenance of tires, braking systems and hitch, etc.
Despite these stringent laws and legally-enforced safety practices, every day there are commercial vehicle accidents with catastrophic results due to the bad decisions of someone behind the wheel of a large truck. In 2012 alone, there were 1,757 truck accidents in Palm Beach County resulting in injury and property damage1. The size, weight and momentum of large trucks causes these types of accidents to be especially devastating and often deadly.
If you have been injured or suffered the wrongful death of a loved one in a commercial vehicle accident, the dedicated West Palm Beach truck accident lawyers at Kogan & DiSalvo understand what you’re going through and will work tirelessly to get you the fair compensation you deserve. Call now to schedule a free and confidential consultation with an experienced injury lawyer. En Español.
Immediately after a truck accident occurs, it is imperative that you call the police. The responding officers will write a report documenting the details and circumstances of the accident and what they find to be the underlying cause(s) of the crash. This report is critical in proving that the driver of the truck was at fault for the accident.
The trucking company will immediately send an Accident Response Team to the scene of the accident in order to collect evidence, as well. Their primary objective is protecting their insured (in this case, the trucking company) against any possible claims by an injured party or parties. For this reason, it is also important to take photos and record witness information, if you are able. Seek medical attention right away to treat and document your injuries. Commercial vehicle wrecks can be more complex than traditional automobile accidents, because often there are multiple parties involved in the claim. For example, if the truck driver is negligent, the trucking company (their employer) may also be negligent for having hired that driver. The experienced and knowledgeable West Palm Beach commercial vehicle accident attorneys at Kogan & DiSalvo understand what needs to be done in order to present the strongest case for your claim and in turn get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
If you have been harmed or lost a loved one due to the negligence or reckless driving of a truck driver, call the West Palm Beach truck accident attorneys at Kogan & DiSalvo now. Our dedicated and aggressive personal injury attorneys will gather evidence to prove the truck driver was at fault for your accident, negotiate with the appropriate insurance companies and, if need be, go to court to fight for the fair compensation to which you are entitled.
Consultations are always free and confidential and no fees are paid unless we negotiate a settlement or recover an award for your losses.
2012 Florida Traffic Crash Statistics Report, Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles.
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