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Fort Lauderdale Truck Accident Attorney

Truck, Big Rig and 18-Wheeler Accidents in Florida

The statistics are shocking: in 2008, 123,918 trucks were involved in non-fatal accidents. Forty-nine thousand trucks caused accidents with injuries in the same year, and as a result, 73,047 injuries were reported in the aftermath of an accident involving a truck. Semi-trucks can legally weigh up to 40 times the weight of small cars and 18-wheelers can be up to 80,000 pounds and 75 feet long, so it is not a surprise that such astronomical damage can occur when a truck collides with a car. Around 500,000 truck accidents occur in the United States each year, resulting in 5,000 fatalities. When a truck collides with a car, the occupants of the car are 12 times more likely to die than the truck driver. When a truck driver negligently causes a collision with another vehicle, he or she can—and should—be held accountable.

Tractor trailer accidents alone account for an eighth of all traffic fatalities and in 80% of these accidents, the truck driver is the one at fault. When a truck gets into an accident with a car or motorcycle, the trucker has less to fear from injury than from legal liability. Any time a large commercial truck collides with a smaller vehicle, it can cause severe injury or even death to innocent people. Truck drivers and trucking companies have adjusted to this liability as a fact of life and are required by law to carry greater insurance coverage and apply strict safety measures. For example, the Federal Government imposes Hours of Service regulations to keep tired truckers off the road by requiring drivers to stop for rest after specified numbers of hours behind the wheel. Despite the well-known dangers involved with long-haul trucking, many unscrupulous drivers violate such regulations and push the limits of safety by driving long hours, often under the influence of stimulants or other drugs.

They do this to meet demands for on-time delivery and to maximize profits. Sometimes drivers run their rigs on insufficiently maintained brakes and other equipment, which may save money in the short term, but often costs innocent lives. Truck accidents can involve tractor trailers, 18 wheelers, and semi-trucks. Truck rollovers are some of the most dangerous of truck accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident and need to pursue compensation, an attorney from our firm can represent your case and help you fight for a fair settlement.

Truck Accident Injuries

After a truck accident occurs, it is not uncommon for victims to sustain burn injuries, internal injuries, broken bones, brain injuries, head, neck or spinal cord injuries or to have to undergo an amputation of the arms or legs. There are many things that can cause a truck accident, that would make the truck driver culpable:

  • Fatigue
  • Shifting/falling cargo
  • Failure to observe safety procedures
  • Insufficient maintenance
  • An unlicensed driver
  • Failure to yield right of way
  • Other traffic violation
  • Road rage
  • Carelessness
  • Sudden tire blowout
  • Excessive speed
  • Lack of proper cameras/mirrors
  • Distracted driving
  • Tailgating
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol

After an accident involving a truck occurs, you will want to secure the assistance of a personal injury attorney immediately. Your attorney can investigate evidence such as the driver's logs, maintenance records, satellite communications and the truck itself, as well as eye-witness statements. Because truck companies frequently have their own investigators, it is imperative that you act quickly to secure the legal assistance you need on your side!

Let Weinstein & Scharf, P.A. help you!

At Weinstein & Scharf, P.A. we meet directly with our clients and we care about what you're going through. Our accomplished legal team will work to build the best case possible. With over 70 years of combined experience we know what it takes to win and we will do whatever we can to help you get the compensation you need. Truck accident cases involve careful preparation and investigation. Sometimes it is necessary to involve expert witnesses to provide evidence about the accident or testimony about your injuries. We are prepared to fight for you. Contact our firm today to learn about your legal options in the aftermath of a truck accident.

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