Miami Truck Accident Attorneys Representing Injured Clients
Fighting for the rights of clients injured in truck crashes throughout South Florida
Large, commercial trucks play a vital role in our economy as they transport the goods across the country that keep our economy thriving. These massive trucks must share the same highway systems as passenger vehicles, which is fine when each is traveling safely and obeying the rules of the road. When a crash does occur between a tractor-trailer and a smaller, passenger vehicle the results can be devastating in terms of serious injury and death.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that there were 3,852 deaths in crashes involving large trucks in the U.S. in 2015, with 2,646 of those being passenger vehicle occupants and 71 were large truck occupants.
When you work with the trusted Miami truck accident attorney team of the Yeboah Law Group, you can feel confident that your case is being handled by professionals who are fighting for your best interests. We shoulder the legal burden so that you can focus on regaining your health and getting back to your life.
Common causes of truck accidents
It has been a decade since the original Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration commissioned the Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS), which took a deep dive into the factors that led up to serious crashes involving large trucks. They focused on the data from 120,000 large truck crashes and created a nationally representative sample number of 963 crashes to study. Every crash in the study involved at least one large truck and one fatality.
The following were the critical reasons for the truck crashes in the study:
- Driver error 87%
- Vehicle performance 10%
- Environment 3%
The LTCCS listed the following associated factors that cause large truck crashes:
- Brake problems
- Driver unfamiliar with the roadway
- Roadway problems
- Driver’s drug use (OTC)
- Driver fatigue
- following too close
- external distraction
- jack knife
- illegal drug use
- Tire problems
- Cargo shift
Additional factors that can contribute to a truck crash include:
- Distracted driving
- Faulty equipment maintenance
- Inadequate driver training
- Inexperienced driver
- Overloading or improperly loaded cargo
- Road construction
- Adverse weather conditions
Proving negligence in a truck crash
In a truck accident lawsuit that was caused by the truck driver’s negligence, the burden of proof is in the hands of the plaintiff to show how the truck driver’s negligence caused the crash. Fortunately, there are factors that cause truck crashes which are clearly negligent such as drunk driving, drowsy driving speeding, etc. But there are other causes, such as aggressive driving, inadequate surveillance, and inadequate equipment maintenance that can cause a truck crash, but might take some investigating for that cause to become clear. The plaintiff must prove that the truck driver’s negligence breached his or her duty of care to the other driver on the road, and that the breach was the direct cause of the injuries.
What kinds of damages can you recover for a truck accident injury?
If you prevail in your truck accident injury claim, there are several types of damages that you might be able to recover in compensation for your injuries and losses including the following:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses (current and future)
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium (for the spouse)
When you choose to work with Miami truck accident attorneys with a record of successful verdicts and settlements, you improve your chances of obtaining the maximum amount of compensation, and you benefit from their knowledge of the complexities of representing truck accident victims.
How a South Florida truck accident attorney can help you
When there has been a collision between a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle, the aftermath is far more complicated than a crash between two passenger vehicles. An 18-wheeler is a commercial vehicle, and the driver is usually employed by a trucking company or a fleet operator. If the driver was at fault in the crash, you may be able to take legal action against him or her, the employer, and/or the owner of the truck. In cases of defective equipment, you may be able to sue the equipment manufacturer and other liable parties. Investigating a truck crash is complicated, but it is work that we do every day. We know how to obtain justice for our clients and we are ready to fight for you.
Miami truck accident lawyers fighting for your right to compensation after an injury
Walking away from a truck accident with your life can feel surreal, but soon enough, the pain, the trauma, and the time lost at work begins to take its toll and you know it is time to pursue compensation for the responsible party. The experienced Miami car accident attorneys from the Yeboah Law Group are here to protect your interests. You are welcome to call 1-800-TELL-SAM or complete our contact form to schedule a no-cost consultation.
Types of Cases We Handle
Our Miami attorneys handle a variety of cases, including:
|Car Accidents||Truck Accidents||Motorcycle Accidents|
|PIP FAQs||Wrongful Death||Nursing Home Negligence|
|Product Liability||Premises Liability||Employment Discrimination|
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Yeboah Law Group, P.A
123 NW 23rd Street
Miami, FL, 33127
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