Davie Truck Accident Lawyer
In 2020, there were nearly 150,000 people injured in truck accidents in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While nearly one-fifth of those injured were truck drivers, 71% were those in other, much smaller, vehicles. Unfortunately, nearly 5,000 people lost their lives in truck accidents that year.
These statistics show just how dangerous a truck accident can be. What they don’t show is the financial hardship accident victims face, the physical pain they suffer, and the incredible stress of figuring out how to get compensation for their injuries. The Davie truck accident lawyers at Phillips | Tadros, P.A. are dedicated to helping truck victims and their families fight for worthwhile settlements. Call us at (954) 642-8885 today.
Determining Liability in a Truck Accident
To determine which party is at fault, you must gather evidence proving the truck driver or a third party was negligent, and that negligence caused your accident and resulting damages.
To prove negligence, we’ll need to show that the party owed you a duty of care. For example, a truck driver owes you, a fellow motorist, a duty of care to drive safely on the road you share.
Who Is Liable for My Truck Accident?
In general, the liable party pays for the damages, often through their liability insurance policy. However, a liable party isn’t always the party that directly caused the accident. For example, if a truck driver makes an improper turn, colliding with your vehicle, they’d be at fault for the accident, but their employer may be the liable party.
Some examples of liable parties in a truck accident could include:
- Truck drivers if they own their rig and work independently as a contractor
- Trucking company, if the truck driver is an employee
- Company that owns or loaded the cargo
- Third-party maintenance company if that work is outsourced
- Parts manufacturer if the accident is caused by a malfunction in a defective part on the rig or trailer
Your Davie truck accident attorney from Phillips | Tadros, P.A. can investigate the cause of your truck accident, determine who’s at fault, and hold the liable party accountable.
Types of Truck Accidents We Handle
There are two main types of truck accidents. Collisions involve a truck crashing into another vehicle, bicyclist, or pedestrian. Trailer or cargo accidents typically involve a trailer malfunction where the trailer is disconnected from the truck or the cargo spills out, causing hazards on the road.
Some of the most common truck accidents we handle include:
- T-bone collisions
- Wide-turn crashes
- Rear-end collisions
- Head-on collisions
- Underride accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Jackknife collisions
- Blind spot accidents
Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can have many different causes. The truck driver may be the sole party at fault, or there may be multiple parties at fault, including other road users in the area. Here are some common causes of truck accidents:
- Distracted driving: A driver may be eating, texting, or otherwise not paying attention while driving.
- Impaired driving: A motorist may be intoxicated or impaired with fatigue. Fatigue can be common for truck drivers who work long hours and may be pressured to drive regardless.
- Improper driving: Truck drivers and other motorists may not use indicators or look for other vehicles when changing lanes. Truck drivers may make tight turns that result in a collision or rollover.
- Disobeying traffic signals: Trucks and other motorists may miss a stop sign or speed in a low-speed truck zone.
- Lack of maintenance: This can result in poor brakes that don’t stop in time and more.
- Improperly loaded cargo: This can cause balance issues that affect turns and the ability to slow to a stop on time.
- Poor road conditions: If a truck driver isn’t careful during bad weather, like rain or wind, an accident can occur.
You Can Seek Compensation for Your Davie Truck Accident
Truck accidents often result in serious injuries, especially when you’re driving a much smaller vehicle. Medical treatment is costly, but a lawyer can help you pursue compensation for all damages related to the accident.
Here are some of the economic and non-economic damages we can pursue:
- Medical expenses for surgery, rehabilitation, prescriptions, and more
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damage costs
- Emotional anguish
- Scarring and disfigurement
How Much Compensation Can I Get?
Settlements for truck accidents can vary widely since so many factors can influence the amount of compensation you can pursue. Here are some factors we’ll consider when calculating your damages:
- Your age at the time of the accident
- How your accident occurred
- The number of liable parties
- The type and severity of your injuries
- How your injuries have affected your life
What If I Lost My Loved One in a Truck Accident?
Compensation can’t take away your pain or bring back your loved one, but it may alleviate your family’s financial hardship, helping you face the future with confidence. The Davie truck accident attorneys from Phillips | Tadros, P.A. can help you seek:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Lost household income support
- Loss of household care support
- Loss of emotional support
Florida’s Statute of Limitations on Truck Accidents
Generally, you have four years from the date of your truck accident to file a personal injury lawsuit for compensation (Florida Statutes § 95.11). If you’ve lost a loved one in a truck accident, you may have just two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Our truck accident lawyer serving Davie can determine how Florida’s statute of limitations applies in your case.
Choose Phillips | Tadros, P.A. for Your Truck Accident Claim
At Phillips | Tadros, P.A., we have experience representing insurance companies. We know the tactics they use to undermine claims, trying to award you less than you deserve. Now, we are dedicated to serving truck accident victims in Davie and across South Florida, holding negligent truck drivers, their employers, and other parties accountable.
Contact our office at (954) 642-8885 to schedule your case evaluation today.