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Fault And Trucking Accidents

Our nation’s roads are busy – incredibly busy. The more than 18 million people living in Florida combined with the millions of tourists each year ends up meaning that a huge number of motorists are on the road at any given time.

And while accidents occur daily, one of the biggest hazards is the large number of tractor trailer trucks and other large vehicles like busses or box trucks. These larger vehicles have more mass, and as a result they can create much more dangerous accidents. The risk of serious injury like broken bones, TBI, paralysis, and death is much greater when these large vehicles are involved.

And it’s harder for drivers to avoid accidents in a sudden situation – braking lengths, turn radius, and other similar factors are less forgiving when operating large vehicles. All of this means that a trucking accident can be incredibly serious for anyone involved.

If you’re injured in one of these accidents, getting help is important. Recovery goes beyond just physical and mental healing since financial challenges exist after accidents as well. Seeking compensation for injuries that aren’t your fault is the key to making a total recovery, and a good truck accident lawyer can help.

The first step that your accident attorney will take is identifying just who is at fault for the accident, and understanding the basics behind fault in trucking accidents is important if you’ve been injured in one. As with other Florida automobile accidents, fault is proven by showing that the other party acted in a negligent or reckless manner and that those actions led to the accident. There are numerous ways that a truck driver could be negligent or reckless, including:

  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Driving when over the legally allowed number of hours per day or week
  • Speeding or driving recklessly in any other manner
  • Failing to properly maintain their vehicle or obey other laws such as driving with a load that is too heavy.

However, with trucking accidents there are additional factors that can come into play – including the fact that other entities may be held responsible along with – or instead of – the driver. For example:

  • If a trucking company is responsible for maintaining its vehicles and fails to do so, and that maintenance is what contributed to the accident, they may be held responsible.
  • A trucking company that requires their drivers to meet standards beyond what is acceptable under safe driving laws, they may be held responsible.
  • Trucking companies that don’t require drivers to maintain accurate driving logs could be found to be responsible as well.
  • Truck manufacturers who use faulty parts could be held liable if those faulty parts trigger the accident.

In short, a number of different entities could be held liable for an accident involving a truck. This means that enlisting the help of a professional accident attorney is invaluable during the recovery process – standing up to the legal team that a major trucking company could have on its side means that getting help from the pros is a must.

A good truck accident lawyer will use a variety of methods to prove that you’re owed compensation. Tools like black box data recorders, driver logs, weight information, and more can all play a role in showing that you deserve compensation for your injuries. But the first step is understanding your basic rights, and the best way to do that is to contact our team. With decades of experience helping those who have been injured in accidents of all types throughout Florida, we have the knowledge to get you what you’re owed. Contact us now to get your free consultation.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

Fault And Trucking Accidents

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
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