Miami Truck Accident Lawyers
Florida Truck Accident Claims
Have you or a loved one been injured in a Miami truck accident? Or has a relative of yours been tragically killed? At Remer, Georges-Pierre & Hoogerwoerd, PLLC, we understand how trying and devastating an accident with a heavy truck can be. If you or someone you know has been wrongfully injured due to a collision involving an 18-wheeler or other commercial truck, we can help you seek the compensation you need to cover all your accident-related expenses.
Why Are Truck Accidents So Deadly?
Due to the sheer size and weight of large trucks and commercial vehicles on the roads today, a truck accident may result in severe injury or even wrongful death. Due in part to the North American Fair-Trade Act (NAFTA), we now have even more trucks on the road, including many from Mexico and Canada.
Trucks have now grown larger and heavier than in previous times as well. Although the weight restriction for commercial trucks in Florida is 80,000 pounds, trucks weighing more or exceeding heights, weight, and length restrictions may obtain special permits to drive anyway.
The injuries sustained in trucking accidents are often catastrophic, and the majority of injuries and deaths resulting from large truck accidents are to drivers of other vehicles and non-occupants (bicyclists and pedestrians) rather than the truck drivers themselves—according to 2008 traffic statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Who Is Accountable?
When it comes to determining the cause of a Miami truck crash, there are numerous factors to consider. Unlike typical traffic accidents in which the motorists involved typically own and operate a single vehicle, there are multiple parties behind the operation of a single truck. These include:
- The truck driver
- The truck’s owner
- The trucking company that employs the driver
- The loading company that adds the cargo to the trailer
- And more.
All these parties must be investigated to determine which should be held accountable for your crash.
Causes of Florida Truck Accidents
The following are common causes of truck accidents that an individual or organization may be held responsible for:
- Dangerous roads: Poor road design, invasive roadside construction sites, and similar mistakes can cause serious truck accidents. Construction companies and government agencies are often held liable in these cases.
- Distracted driving: Texting, eating, daydreaming, and doing other activities while driving is a major cause of all traffic collisions nationwide.
- Drowsy driving: Though federal regulations limit how many hours a trucker can drive without sleeping, they may ignore these. Liability may fall on the driver and/or their employer.
- Inadequate training: If the trucker who caused your crash had limited training or the wrong license to operate such a large vehicle, their employer may be held accountable.
- Making deadlines: Many trucking companies encourage to make deliveries as quickly as possible, which often leads to accidents.
- Unsecured cargo: If a truck’s cargo wasn’t loaded properly, it can cause the truck to become off balance or even spill into the roadway. In such an event, the loading company would likely be held responsible.
What Are Some Common Injuries Suffered by Individuals Involved in Truck Accidents?
Common injuries suffered by individuals involved in truck accidents include:
Head and Brain Injuries: Head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), are prevalent in truck accidents and can lead to cognitive and motor function impairment.
Back and Neck Injuries: Truck accidents can cause whiplash, herniated discs, spinal fractures, and strains in the back and neck, resulting in pain and limited mobility.
Spinal Cord Injuries: Accidents involving trucks can lead to spinal cord damage, which can result in paralysis, loss of sensation, and other long-term disabilities.
Soft Tissue Damage: This includes contusions, lacerations, strains, sprains, dislocations, and tears in muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
Broken Bones and Fractures: The impact of a truck accident can cause various types of bone fractures, such as broken arms, legs, ribs, or hips.
Burns: In some cases, truck accidents can lead to burns due to fires or hazardous materials involved in the collision.
Internal Injuries: The force of a truck accident can cause internal injuries, including organ damage, internal bleeding, or damage to blood vessels.
Cuts, Bruises, and Lacerations: Impact with objects or surfaces during a truck accident can result in cuts, bruises, and deep lacerations.
Truck Accident Liability
As you can see, liability can potentially fall on multiple parties, including:
- The truck’s driver
- The truck’s owner
- The trucking company that employs the driver
- The truck’s manufacturer
- The loading company
- A government organization
Our lawyer will investigate your claim to help you determine who is liable by collective evidence, witness statements, and expert testimony to back you up. We understand how to look at the full picture to determine while parties are at fault so you receive the maximum compensation available.
Lawyers Helping Truck Accident Victims
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident in Miami or anywhere in South Florida, it is important that you consider involving a proficient Miami truck accident attorney as soon as possible. Remer, Georges-Pierre & Hoogerwoerd, PLLC truck accident lawyers are fully dedicated to representing the interests of trucking accident victims throughout South Florida, using our experience and resources to provide a higher quality of legal service and guidance to our clients.
Our lawyers will assist with every aspect of your claim, including the following:
- Calculating the compensation you need to cover all your related expenses
- Identifying the person, people, or entities responsible for your accident
- Investigating the crash scene and gathering and documenting any relevant evidence
- Preparing and submitting any relevant paperwork
- Negotiating with the at-fault party’s lawyer to reach a settlement
- Taking your case to trial, in the event negotiations are unsuccessful
- Visiting you in the hospital or at home, in the event your injuries have made you immobile
Claims adjusters for trucking insurance companies may be some of the most skilled claims handlers and can be aggressive and intimidating to deal with. That is why professional representation can go a long way in reaching a positive case result.
Would you like to learn more about our services and how we may be able to help you seek justice and the money you deserve in the wake of a trucking accident? Contact a Miami truck accident lawyer at our law firm today!