Frequently Asked Questions about Key West Truck Accidents
Representing clients injured in truck crashes in Key West and throughout South Florida
You have probably never driven on a highway without encountering a large commercial truck. These massive vehicles must share the roadways with smaller, passenger vehicles which maneuver far more easily in and out of traffic, and whose drivers have no idea of the limitations of large trucks, their blind spots, and how long it takes them to come to a complete stop. Truck drivers are professional drivers, and while we are not suggesting that all truck accidents are caused by large trucks, what we can say for sure is that due to the massive size difference between a tractor-trailer, a mail truck, or a dump truck and a passenger vehicle, the smaller vehicle withstand the worst of the damage in a crash with often deadly consequences.
At the Yeboah Law Group, we represent those who have suffered an injury in a collision with an 18-wheeler. We understand the complexities of investigating truck accidents and holding the responsible party liable for your damages.
What are some of the most common causes of truck accidents in South Florida?
There are dozens of factors which can lead to a truck crash. Here are a few examples:
- Drunk or drugged drivers
- Drowsy drivers (Hours of Service violations)
- Distracted drivers
- Overloaded/ improperly loaded trucks
- Brake failure
- Inadequate maintenance
How many truck accidents occur each year in the United States?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that there were 3,838 fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses, with 138,000 injuries and 4,337 fatalities (these numbers include bus crashes). The number of fatal crashes is up from 3,656 in the year before.
What must I do to prove I was not at fault in a truck accident?
To prevail in any negligence claim, you as the plaintiff must prove that the defendant was negligent and breached their duty of care to you as a fellow motorist in causing the accident. Whether the other driver was drunk or drugged, distracted by their mobile phone, or speeding to pursue another driver who had cut them off, you must provide compelling evidence of their fault.
You can get witness statements, video surveillance footage where its available, photos of the accident scene, black box data from the vehicles involved and police reports are just a few examples of the kinds of evidence that you can use to prove the other party’s fault in causing the accident that led to your injuries.
Who can I sue when I have suffered serious injuries in a truck crash?
The answer depends on what caused the accident, and who is at fault. A tractor-trailer is a commercial vehicle that is probably owned by a trucking company or a fleet management company which employs the driver. If the truck driver was at fault in the crash, you may be able to sue the driver and his or her employer.
Also, if defective equipment such as the braking system, the steering system, faulty tires or any other equipment defect caused the crash, you may also be able to sue the manufacturer of the defective equipment if you can prove that it caused the accident. Your Key West truck accident attorney will be able to advise you about which parties to pursue for compensation.
Do I have to sue? Won’t the insurance company offer me a sizeable settlement?
Most accident cases are settled rather than litigated, so no, you do not have to sue the defendant. However, if the insurance company for the truck driver, the trucking company, the manufacturer of a defective part or any other responsible party is not forthcoming with a fair settlement offer that will cover all your damages, your lawyer may decide that filing a lawsuit is the only way to recover what your case is worth.
What damages are available to me in a Florida truck accident lawsuit?
If you have suffered an injury in a truck accident, and you prevail in your lawsuit against the responsible parties you may be able to recover several different types of damages including:
- Medical expenses related to your injuries now and any future medical expenses related to the accident
- Lost wages (current and future)
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
What can I do if I am unable to afford to hire a lawyer to represent me after a truck accident injury?
The good news is that the diligent Key West truck accident attorneys at the Yeboah Law Group take injury cases on contingency, which means that you do not pay any legal fees up front. You do not pay any attorney fees unless we are able to recover compensation for you. So, there is nothing keeping you from calling our office to schedule a consultation to discuss your case today.
Schedule a free consultation with an experienced Key West truck accident attorney
When you are trying to recuperate from serious injuries from a truck accident, the Yeboah Law Group is here to represent you and your family during a challenging time in your lives. You are welcome to contact us for a free consultation to discuss your truck accident or any other injury claim. Call now at 1-800-TELL-SAM or complete our contact form to schedule a no-cost consultation.
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Types of Cases We Handle
Our Key West attorneys handle a variety of cases, including:
|Car Accidents||Truck Accidents||Motorcycle Accidents|
|PIP Disputes||Wrongful Death||Nursing Home Negligence|
|Product Liability||Premises Liability||Employment Discrimination|
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Yeboah Law Group, P.A.
2011 Flagler Ave
Key West, FL 33040
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