Truck Accident Lawyer & Attorney
Every year, thousands of truck accidents occur in Florida and throughout the United States. Whether it is a small personal truck or a large commercial truck (such as a big rig or delivery truck), trucks are particularly dangerous given their size and power. As such, drivers should be particularly cautious of other trucks on the road and the dangers that they pose.
Unfortunately, despite one’s best efforts to drive safely, numerous truck accidents still occur every year. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2012, there were 3,921 people killed and 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks. One cannot account for someone else driving a truck drunk or failing to follow the rules of the road. When trucks are improperly maintained or drivers fail to properly operate a truck, trucks can cause devastating accidents that can result in severe property damage and catastrophic personal injuries.
If you are involved in a truck accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. Besides the driver of a truck, other parties may be liable in a truck accident, including the owner of the truck, the company that leased the truck, or the company that manufactured the vehicle, tires, or other parties. Examples of recoverable damages include compensation for your medical costs and expenses, pain and suffering, rehabilitation, psychological distress, lost wages, financial hardship and other expenses suffered in a truck accident. To learn more about your legal rights in a truck accident, an experienced Miami truck accident attorney can help you understand your rights and who may be legally liable.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Similar to auto accidents, truck accidents may be caused by a wide variety of factors. Some of the more common causes include:
- Drunk driving or consumption of other drugs;
- Improperly maintained or serviced trucks, such as faulty brakes or worn tires;
- Aggressive driving;
- Distracted driving, including talking and texting on a phone;
- Oversized cargo and overloaded trailers;
- Inadequate driver training; and
- Overworked and fatigued drivers.
What Should You Do if You Are in a Truck Accident?
If you are involved in a truck accident, you should act promptly (assuming you are not severely injured) to protect your rights. In this regard, you should:
- Contact the police and complete an accident report. Review the accident report to ensure the information is accurate.
- Identify any witnesses and take down their contact information.
- As soon as possible after the accident, take pictures of the scene, including your vehicle and any other vehicle.
- Seek immediate medical attention.
- Contact a personal injury attorney before you speak with anyone else, including the insurance company.
Contact a Miami Truck Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck result as a result of someone else’s negligence, an experienced Miami can help you obtain compensation. Attorney Brett Borrow has helped numerous truck accident victims recover compensation for their damages. Mr. Borrow will work with you to protect your legal rights and to hold the responsible parties liable for your injuries. From investigating a crash scene to handling the insurance claim to filing a lawsuit, Attorney Borrow can help. Contact the office today for a consultation on your case.